A Brotha in the Kitchen Presents.....Middle Eastern Stuffed Zucchini (Koosa/Kusa)



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.


Let’s go!


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 mint

Remaining cumin

Remaining all spice

1 can of tomatoes

1/2 cup water


Lets Get Cooking!

  • Cut stem off zucchini and cut them in half

  • Use a fruit/potato peeler to carefully hollow out the center. Make sure not to cut through the bottom

  • 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


  •  After mixing everything together, remove zucchini halves from water, drain and stuff with the mixture.

  •  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!


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