A co-worker of mine always raves about one of her favorite dishes called koosa/kusa. She explained what it was and I have to admit, it sounded really good!
She knows I cook and challenged me to make it on my own….so I did.
I must say, I have NEVER cooked with all of these different herbs and spices together, but the flavors were AMAZING!
I won’t keep you waiting any longer.
Middle Eastern Stuffed Zucchini (Koosa/Kusa)
5 medium sized zucchini
1 cup vegetable oil
For the Stuffing:
1 cup rice
1 10oz bag Vegan Ground Beef
1 chopped small yellow onion
1/3 cup parsley
1/2 cup mint (Divided)
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons of cumin (divided)
2 teaspoons of allspice (divided)
3 cloves garlic chopped
1 teaspoon of chili powder
1 chopped tomato
For the Sauce:
1 can tomato sauce
Remaining all spice
1 can of tomatoes
1/2 cup water
Lets Get Cooking!
Next, fill a pot with warm salt water and soak the zucchini halves for 5-10 minutes
While the zucchini is soaking, cook your ground beef , your rice, and chop your onions, parsley, mint, tomatoes and garlic
Once the ground beef and rice are done, add all the above ingredients and spices to a single bowl and mix together
Add vegetable oil to a skillet and set on medium high and allow to heat for 5 minutes
While the oil is heating, combine the tomato sauce, mint, cumin, all spice, tomatoes, and water into a small pot and let simmer
Add stuffed zucchini to skillet, turning frequently until the skin starts to blister evenly. This should take about 8 minutes
Remove from oil and sat on paper towels to drain
Add simmering sauce to a plate, followed by your fried stuffed zucchini and top with more sauce then enjoy!
Like what you saw? Don't forget to hit the share button below!