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    Halal Iraqi Stuffed Zucchini (Dolmas)

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    1 hrs 40 mins

    30 mins

    1 hrs 10 mins

    UmmBinat's Note:

    A delicious recipe our family enjoys served over rice along with a fresh salad such as Turkish Salad Gavurdagi. This is of combined origin consisting of the recipe, Dolmas from The Complete Middle East cookbook by Tess Mallos, Iraq section and Mhasha a Jewish Iraqi version on

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    Serves: 6


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    Lamb Filling


    • 6 regular zucchini (or cusa, the small stuffing zucchini squash are best if you can get them)
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • broth (chicken or beef, if needed)
    • 1/2 lemon, juice of
    • 2 tablespoons date syrup (also called date molasses, dibis in Arabic, Silan in Hebrew)
    • sea salt, to taste

    Tomato Sauce


    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 375°F.
    2. 2
      Combine lamb filling ingredients. Mix thoroughly with hands and refrigerate until ready to use.
    3. 3
      Wash Zucchinis well.
    4. 4
      Depending on the type of zucchini used cut in 4 inch pieces or use whole small (cusa) zucchini sold in Middle Eastern stores by just removing their tops.
    5. 5
      I use the wrong end of a small spoon to remove the zucchini innards, there are gadgets sold to make cusa which can be used just be careful the object you chose to use is not too sharp or to large or the zucchini's may break.
    6. 6
      Rinse hollowed zucchinis with water.
    7. 7
      Discard innards.
    8. 8
      Stuff zucchinis with Lamb Filling, fairly full but not packed. (The rice will expand) If you like you may cork them with their tops shaved down a bit if using small cusa. I have made them without closer and they are fine!
    9. 9
      Oil a pan that will fit the zucchinis in evenly, packed together.
    10. 10
      Place zucchinis in pan, pour lemon juice on top and salt to taste then drizzle olive oil & date syrup over top.
    11. 11
      Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake a further 25-35 minutes or until cusa can be easly priked with a fork.
    12. 12
      *If extra liquid is needed add a little broth to the pan while cooking.
    13. 13
      Tomato sauce:.
    14. 14
      Heat olive oil a little and cook garlic for one minute or just until LIGHT brown.
    15. 15
      Add Tomato sauce and paste and simmer for 10 minutes then stir in as much drippings from the cooked zucchini as needed to make a semi thick sauce add baharat.
    16. 16
      To Serve:.
    17. 17
      Place zucchinis over a bed of rice (I like to cook mine in a light stock) and serve with tomato sauce and a fresh salad.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 08, 2012


      A wonderful way to have stuffed zucchini. I like the slight tangyness of the lemon. As I had organic lemons, I couldn't resist and added the peel of 1/2 lemon to the meat which complimented the baharat flavour nicely. Although my zucchini were quite large, I had some meat left over which I fried and put into the sauce. Thanks for sharing another keeper!
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    Nutritional Facts for Halal Iraqi Stuffed Zucchini (Dolmas)

    Serving Size: 1 (384 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 846.6
    Calories from Fat 769
    Total Fat 85.5 g
    Saturated Fat 39.1 g
    Cholesterol 82.4 mg
    Sodium 104.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 17.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.3 g
    Sugars 7.6 g
    Protein 3.9 g

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