Stuffed Zucchini – Kousa Mihshi {كوسة محشي}

Kousa Mihshi is stuffed zucchini, and is a regular among Lebanese cuisine. Although it looks complicated, making this nutritious meal is actually very simple! We’re sure you’ll master this dish in no time. Zuchini is low in calories, a good source of fiber which helps lower cholesterol, a source of vitamin A and C and a high source of manganese. Zuchini is also known to contain phytonutrients and antioxidents that have been shown to help in the prevention of certain types of cancers and in maintaining prostate health!

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8-10

  • 20 Zucchinis
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1.5 cups short grain rice
  • 1/3 tsp 7 spices
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 small can tomato paste (156 ml)
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 tsp dried mint
  • 4 cloves Garlic

1. Cut off the zuchini stalks and the dry tip on the other ends making sure not to cut too much off.  Hollow out the zuchinis using a mankara, creating a generous cavity for the stuffing to go in. You can save the stuffing for other dishes. (to be published here soon!)

*A mankara is a long tool shaped like an apple corer that can be found at Mediterranean grocery stores.





2. In a bowl, mix ground beef, rice, 7 spices and salt together and begin to loosely stuff zucchinis until they are 3/4 full.

*Tip: Make sure the stuffing is not packed and the zucchinis not more than 3/4 full so that the zucchini do not burst while cooking.


3. Arrange the zucchinis in a pot standing up or flat down and slice the tomato on top.

3. In a bowl, dissolve the tomato paste in water and mix in the mint and garlic, then pour in pot on top of the zucchini. Adjust the sauce level by adding water until all the zucchinis are immersed in water.

4. Cover pot, bring to a boil then reduce to low heat for approximately 1 hour, or until fully cooked. Sahtain!

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2 thoughts on “Stuffed Zucchini – Kousa Mihshi {كوسة محشي}

    1. Hi there! We checked out your zuchini recipe out and it looks delicious! Great take on stuffed zuchini. Did you end up trying out our recipe? If you did we hope it worked for you!

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