I LOVE this recipe. I cooked it for my Jordanian husband and his sisters and they were impressed. I have used it many times over since then and decided to come back and rate it. I follow it pretty closely. You can easily substitute canned tomato sauce instead of real tomatoes without much difference. GREAT recipe, thank you for sharing!!
i used this recipe as my base i only used 1 tsp of salt and added 1 tsp of cinnamon. I also took a short cut and used regular tomato sauce. Turned out very good.
3 1/2 stars. DH liked it. This was the first time I have made Cousa Mashi with tomatoes rather than a stock only. I used a bit less basmati rice & cut down on the salt. I omitted the turmeric out of a preference for this dish as well as because I wanted to mix the meat and rice with my hands and not become yellow. I did add the saffron and used only zucchini because of an allergy to eggplants and distaste for peppers. My ground beef was regular but I definitely recommend lean in this for more than one reason one being all the fat goes into the sauce. I used canned crushed tomatoes (like a sauce) in replacement of fresh tomatoes and sure that it would probably be better using fresh ones. To add more flavour I used my homeade chicken stock instead of water and fresh mint. I think I would try another recipe if I wanted to make Cousa Mashi in tomato sauce again though resort back to this if I couldnt find one.