|Kusa Mukhshi - Meat Stuffed Zucchini in Yoghurt Sauce|
- Unknown Author
How cool is that quote? There is an ironic kind of truthfulness in it, I love it. I thought this quote is especially good for posting on this blog, because most of the time it is our fear that we don't know enough which stops us from doing. If only we realise that we are all beginners at some point. It is just through practice and perseverance that we become experienced. But if we don't start simply because we don't know enough, then no one would ever get anywhere. The same applies in the kitchen, and with cooking. We all have to start somewhere, then it is up to us how far we want to go. If you like good food, you are bound to start cooking good food. If food is a chore or a part of life you dislike (don't gasp, some people look at food that way! I know how can anyone?! But hey!) then you are never gonna go anywhere in the kitchen except grab that paper bag and anxiously breath every time you step into one!
As per request, comes this super delicious recipe from Palestinian cuisine. Stuffed vegetables are a Palestinian cuisine specialty. This technique is also widely used all across the Levantine Cuisne. Similar recipes will be found in Lebanese, Syrian and Jordanian cuisines. But then again all the countries in the levant share a very similar cuisine. From techniques to applications, they are almost the same. A little bit of difference can be found in the spices and aromatics...and so on.
This particular dish was one of the very few foods I did not like as a child! I don't know what about the combination did not appeal to my immature palate. But as I grew older, I grew fonder of this amazing ballad of flavours. The meat stuffing, the zucchini case and the yoghurt sauce... creamy, savoury, with slight crunch from the nuts and smoothness from the soft zucchini skin that just keeps your palate begging for more.
This stuffed zucchini dish is best served with Vermicelli Rice (Regular cooked rice with browned Vermicelli pasta). It is a delicious Iftar option that your family will enjoy. I would expect the little ones to need a bit of getting used to the taste before they jump up and down in excitement lol
Here is how it's made...
Ramadan Recipe 5
1 Kg Small Zucchinis
1 1/2 Kg yogurt
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp dried mint leaves
Salt & Black Pepper
1 ltr Chicken broth
3 tbsp corn starch
Vegetable Oil for deep frying the Stuffed Zucchinis
A side of Vermicelli Rice
For Meat Stuffing
1Kg minced lamb or beef
1 large onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
a dash of olive oil
Make the Stuffing
|For coring and stuffing zucchinis instructions follow this link|
Core the zucchinis, follow the link under the photo above for detailed instructions. Fill the cored zucchinis with the prepared meat stuffing.
Heat vegetable oil and fry the stuffed zucchinis until slightly golden and the skin appear wrinkled. Remove from frying oil and drain on kitchen paper towels. Set aside.
|Fried Meat Stuffed Zucchinis|
Pour the yogurt mixture onto the warmed broth and stir to combine. Continue stirring and bring the mixture to a boil. Add the fried zucchinis and cook all on low heat for 10-15 minutes, until the flavours infuse and the yogurt sauce is slightly thickened.
In the Meantime make the Vermicelli Rice. Serve all hot.
Requires a bit of work, but not as hard as it sounds. Worth every drop of extra effort, I hope you will give it a try. Nadia, here you go Kusa Mukhshi bil Laban part of
Dima's Kitchen Blog's Ramadan Special: Daily Recipes :)
Let me know how it goes when you make it. See you back here again tomorrow.
Remember to give out Kindness to others this Ramadan