Stuffed zucchini in yogurt sauce … Koussa ablama blaban … كوسا ابلما بلبن


This is one of my favorite dishes, I love any dish that has yogurt in the ingredients. My mom used to do it for us and I still do it the same way. Stuffed little zucchini with ground beef and onion, that is fried and cooked in a silky yogurt sauce and drizzled with sautéed pesto of butter, garlic , coriander and dried mint. This dish served with vermicelli rice.


  • 8-10 koussa (zucchini)
  • 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground beef   
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric 
  • salt and pepper 
  • vegetable oil for frying

For sauce:

  • 3 cups yogurt
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tbs cornstarch 
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth.     

For pesto:

  • 1 tbs samneh (ghee) or butter
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed 
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • Dried mint


  1. Wash zucchini well, cut off stems, and core theme it ha corer. You can buy a corer from any middle eastern store.
  2. Have a bowl filled with water and a tsp of salt ready.
  3. Wash the zucchini inside out in the salty water.
  4. Take zucchini of water and put them aside. Arrange them upside down to get rid of any salty water.
  5. In a nonstick pan, sauté onion with oil until translucent.
  6. Add ground beef, and brown until no longer pink.
  7. Add spices, salt, pepper and stir to combine.
  8. Turn off stove and leave the ground beef mixture to cool down.
  9. Stuff zucchini to the rim, with the ground beef mixture.
  10. Meanwhile, in a frying pan, heat oil.
  11. When oil is ready, fry the stuffed zucchini until golden in color.
  12. Put a paper towel on a big plate, and lay the fried stuffed zucchini on to absorb the excess oil.
  13. In a medium size pot, whisk in yogurt, egg and the cornstarch 
  14. Put the pot on a medium heat stove and while keep whisking add the broth until reach a thick consistency.
  15. Adjust salt.
  16. Add the zucchini and let cook for about 15 minute.
  17. In a small pan add butter, crushed garlic and coriander, fry until gold in color
  18. Spoon zucchini in the serving dish , and add the garlic mixture on top.
  19. Sprinkle mint for garnish
  20. Serve with  vermicelli rice on the side



4 thoughts on “Stuffed zucchini in yogurt sauce … Koussa ablama blaban … كوسا ابلما بلبن

  1. I have wanted to make koussa mashi for so long! I am thinking to try and do a vegetarian version as it is not always to get halal meat around where I am living. Thanks so much, Nivin!

    • Salam Abida! Thank you for stopping by! If you want to make it vegetarian, stuff it with rice and vegetable ( onion, tomatoe, parsley and mint) and cook it with stuffed grape leaves in the same pot. But not in yogurt sauce. If you check my stuffed grape leaves recipes ( I posted 2 of them on my blog), you will have an idea of how to cook it vegetarian. Have a good day!!🌷

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