1 hr 45 mins
This is a delicious recipe found in many variations throughout the Middle East, specially Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. This dish is seved hot as a main course with rice, salad and pita bread. Please note, this is the vegetarian version, you may use minced meat in place of tomatoes and onions for the stuffing to make it a meat dish and you may add a layer of lamb bones (on top of the tomatoes and then layer the marrows on top of the bones) to flavour the stock but discard them before serving. Edited May 14, 07: I never had a problem with the liquid boiling over. To avoid such a mishap, as had mentioned in the directions, kindly use a large pot or casserole.
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- 1 kg medium sized baby marrow or 1 kg courgette
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 500 g tomatoes, sliced
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 2 cups vegetable stock
For the stuffing
- 1Hollow from one end of the marrows with an apple corer or a small spoon leaving about 1/4 inch thick shell all around.
- 2Wash them thoroughly and dry.
- 3To make the stuffing, mix the ingredients for the stuffing in a bowl, add a little oil, 1/2 tsp allspice and season with salt and pepper.
- 4Stuff the marrows upto three-quarters full (do not fill to the brim as the mixture will expand when cooking and leak out).
- 5In a large casserole or saucepan, first oil the base, then place the sliced tomatoes at the bottom of the pot.
- 6Sprinkle crushed garlic on top and then layer the stuffed marrows.
- 7Season with remaining half of the spices and oil.
- 8Mix the tomato paste with the vegetable stock and pour into the pot to cover the stuffed marrows.
- 9Cover the marrows with a plate or something similar to hold them down lightly to keep them in place while cooking so the stuffing doesn't run out.
- 10Put the pot to cook on high heat and bring it to a boil.
- 11When it comes to boil, lower the heat and simmer gently for 1 hour.
- 12Uncover and simmer to thicken sauce, if needed.
- 13Serve hot.
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Nutritional Facts for Kousa Mahshi (Stuffed Marrows)
Serving Size: 1 (258 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 288.9
- Calories from Fat 135
- Total Fat 15.0 g
- Saturated Fat 2.1 g
- Cholesterol 0.0 mg
- Sodium 1832.7 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 35.9 g
- Dietary Fiber 4.5 g
- Sugars 6.4 g
- Protein 5.1 g
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