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mahshi kousa in a pot

Kousa Mahshi Lebanese Stuffed Zucchini

  • Author: Mariam
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Lebanese kousa mahshi is a recipe that takes me right back home. Minced meat rice stuffed zucchinis are cooked in a gorgeous tomato broth.


  • 4 lbs (2 kg) zucchinis, cored
  • 1-2 large tomatoes chopped into chunks
  • 1 and 1/2 cup short-grain rice
  • 1 lb (400 gr) minced meat (lamb, veal, or beef)
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon seven spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • Enough water to cover all of the stuffed zucchinis


  1. Wash the zucchinis and core them.
  2. Rinse the rice and drain. Then, place it in a glass bowl.
  3. Add the minced meat to the rice. Top the rice and minced meat with spices and salt.
  4. Melt the butter and add it to the rice/meat mixture.
  5. Use your hands or a spoon to mix the stuffing ingredients really well.
  6. Start stuffing each cored zucchini (until you reach 3/4 to its opening).
  7. Close each piece with a tomato chunk and place it in a large cooking pot.
  8. Once all the stuffed zucchinis are in the pot, add enough water to cover them.
  9. Bring the stuffed zucchinis to a boil for around 10-15 minutes.
  10. Mix the tomato paste with a little bit of water. Add the tomato paste to the pot with 2 bay leaves. Season with salt to taste.
  11. Simmer the kousa mahshi on low to medium heat for about 30-45 minutes.
  12. Remove from heat and serve hot.


  1. Stuffed zucchinis do not freeze well but can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days after cooking.
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Lebanese


  • Serving Size: 3 kousa squash
  • Calories: 507 calories
  • Sugar: 11 g
  • Sodium: 2027 mg
  • Fat: 19 g
  • Saturated Fat: 8 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 11 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 58 g
  • Fiber: 6 g
  • Protein: 25 g
  • Cholesterol: 68 mg

Keywords: mahshi kousa, Lebanese stuffed zucchini, Lebanese stuffed kousa, minced meat and rice stuffed zucchini

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