Kousa Mahshi - Syrian Stuffed Zucchini. Photography: shutterstock
Kousa Mahshi - Syrian Stuffed Zucchini. Photography: shutterstock

Kousa Mahshi – Syrian Stuffed Zucchini

A staple dishes of Syrian Jewry- also popular among the Arabs of Israel and the Galilee. The famous dish was served between the soup and main course

This unique way of filling requires a little practice, but after several attempts – the filling process becomes easier and faster. The zucchini can be fried before cooking if you don’t peel them.

Ingredients for Syrian Stuffed Zucchini

  • 10-12 zucchinis medium sized

For the filling:

  • ½ cup rice medium or short-grain (Baldo, Calrose or Bomba for example)
  • 300 grams ground beef
  • 1 cup parsley finely chopped
  • 1 onion small, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Baharat spice mix
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • vegetable oil for frying

For the sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon apricot jam
  • 2 tomatoes peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste


Prepare the Zucchini for stuffing:

  • 1. Take out as much of the zucchini core as you can with a small knife or apple corer. Peel the zucchinis (optional). Chop the cores and peels or process them in 4-5 pulses in a food processor.

Prepare the Filling:

  • 2. Mix all the filling ingredients with the chopped zucchini cores and peels. Fill the zucchinis.

  • 3. Pour oil for frying and fry the stuffed zucchini if ​​not peeled 5-6 minutes, until golden.

Prepare the Sauce and Cook:

  • 4. Pour a glass of water and lemon juice into a large oven-proof sauce pan. Add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well.

  • 5. Arrange the fried zucchini in the pan. Bring to a boil. Cover and lower heat and cook for 30 minutes.

Bake and Serve:

  • 6. Uncover and place the sauce pan in the oven, heated to 230F degrees (110C). Bake for an additional hour - and up to two hours. Serve with rice.

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