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Kusa bel laban, stuffed zucchini in yogurt sauce

A delicious Lebanese stuffed zucchini in a tangy yogurt sauce. 
Prep Time50 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Lebanese, Middle East
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 338.2kcal
Author: Amira


  • 3 lb zucchini.
  • 1/4 cup oil.
  • 1 large yellow onion , chopped.
  • 2 cups uncooked rice.
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste.
  • 1/2 lb ground beef.
  • 1 cup parsley , chopped.
  • 1 cup cilantro , chopped.
  • 1/2 cup dill weed , chopped.
  • 2 Tablespoon dry mint.
  • Salt and pepper , to taste.

For the sauce:

  • 2 cups yogurt.
  • 1 cup water.
  • 2 large garlic cloves , minced.
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch , dissolved in 2 Tablespoons water.
  • 1 egg , large.
  • salt and pepper.


  • Wash, peel(if desired) and core zucchini.
  • In a deep skillet, on medium heat, add oil and sauce onions until fragrant.
  • Add rice and stir for a minute.
  • Add tomato paste, stir. Add the spices , fresh herbs and meat, stir for a couple of minutes to combine then turn off heat. Allow to cool down.
  • Stuff the zucchini with the rice mixture and arrange in a deep pot.*
  • Add seasoned water/broth to the pot to fill it halfway through the zucchini.
  • Bring to boil, reduce heat cover for 20-30 minutes, until it is almost done.
  • In another pot, add all the sauce ingredient and mix well.
  • Transfers the pot to the stove top on medium heat, keep stirring or it will curdle.
  • When it starts to boil, carefully drop the zucchini in the sauce, reduce heat and let it finish cooking about 10 more minutes.
  • Serve warm and Enjoy!!



To prevent scorch, add some herbs in the bottom of the pot. Or you can add tomato or onion rings.
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Calories: 338.2kcal | Carbohydrates: 38.4g | Protein: 12.8g | Fat: 15.7g | Cholesterol: 50.2mg | Potassium: 998.5mg | Fiber: 4.9g | Sugar: 11.6g | Vitamin A: 71.2IU | Vitamin C: 46mg | Calcium: 20.8mg | Iron: 17.2mg