Koussa (Koosa) Mahshi; stuffed zucchini

Written by Asma

May 14, 2021

If you are a Middle Eastern, Koussa (Koosa) Mahshi; stuffed zucchini must be an Authentic dish you are eating regularly. 

Koussa Mahshi; Stuffed Zucchini

Zucchini stuffed with ground beef and rice is a delicious and easy-to-prepare recipe. I have used affordable and easy-to-use ingredients that I presented in the wonderful Syrian way. You will love this recipe for both its high nutritional value and delicious taste.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: middle eastern
Keyword: Zucchini
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 295kcal


  • 3/4 cup Short-grain Egyptian rice
  • 2 Pounds of small zucchini
  • 1 teaspoon of chopped onion
  • 1/2 Pound of ground beef chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons of mixed spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
  • For the tomato sauce:
  • 1 Tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 3 medium tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 4 minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried mint


  • Wash the rice and soak for 15 minutes.
  • Empty the zucchini.
  • In a plate, put the rice, onions, meat, salt, pepper, spices, and turmeric, mix very well
  • Stuff the zucchini with a mixture of rice and meat.
  • In a large saucepan, put the tomato paste, tomatoes, salt, and pepper, let it boil
  • Add in the stuffed zucchini and let simmer for about 40 minutes or until the zucchini are soft
  • In a small frying pan, heat the oil, add the garlic, and stir until it becomes golden, add the mint.
  • Add the garlic to the zucchini and sauté for a few minutes making sure to flip once
  • Put the zucchini in a serving dish; then serve hot and enjoy your dish!


Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 21.6g | Fat: 12.8g | Saturated Fat: 4.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 615.4mg | Potassium: 925.8mg | Sugar: 4.5g
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