Koussa Mehche Recipe

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The Lebanese zucchini (Koussa or “Koosa” in Arabic) is popular in Mediterranean & Middle-Eastern dishes. The immature fruit (being the swollen ovary of the female zucchini flower) is harvested when it reaches about 15cm in length. Middle-Eastern types are stocky, pale green, tapering ends with a thick dark green stem and have a similar shape to a ridged cucumber. They have smooth shiny skin and solid, crispy and flavourful flesh. 

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Ingredients

2 kg courgettes (zucchini)
200g beef meat, minced
100g short grain white rice
Salt to taste
Pinch of pepper
Pinch of ground cinnamon
100g of Al Wadi Al Akhdar canned diced tomatoes
2 tbsp vegetable oil
400g lamb chops
1 tbsp tomato paste
2 tomatoes, cut in circles

Preparation

Core the courgettes, rinse and set aside.

Mix together: minced meat, rice, salt, pepper, cinnamon and tomatoes.

Stuff the courgettes with the meat and rice mixture.

In a saucepan, heat the oil and fry the lamb chops.

Lay the lamb chops in the bottom of the saucepan and arrange the stuffed courgettes over it. Top it with a layer of tomatoes slices and cover the whole thing with water. Add the tomato paste and sprinkle with salt.

Cover the courgettes with a plate and the pot lid. Bring to a boil then lower the heat and simmer for about an hour.

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