Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Kousa Bil-Laban Recipe - How to Make Kousa Bil-Laban

Enjoy Lebanese cooking recipes and learn how to make delicious Lebanese dish of Kousa Bil-Laban (Stuffed baby Zucchinis with Yogurt).

Preparation time : 25 minutes
Cooking time : 35 minutes


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion or 200 g, finely chopped
300 g lean minced lamb
2 cloves garlic, crushed
¾ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon pine seeds or 10 g, toasted
¼ cup egyptian rice or 50 g
2 cubes MAGGI® Chicken Less Salt Bouillon
1 kg zucchini, small size
2 cups water or 500 ml
4 cups low fat yoghurt or 1 kg
1½ tablespoons corn flour
1 teaspoon dried mint
1 clove garlic, crushed (extra)

  1. Warm oil in a large non-stick pan, add and cook onions for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown.
  2. Add minced meat, garlic, black pepper, cinnamon and pine seeds. Cook over medium heat for 5-6 minutes. Stir in the rice and a MAGGI® Chicken Less Salt Bouillon cube for 1 minute.
  3. Hollow baby zucchini and stuff them with the meat mixture. Arrange stuffed zucchini in a large saucepan.
  4. Add water and a MAGGI® Chicken Less Salt Bouillon cube to the saucepan. Cover and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes or until zucchinis are almost cooked.
  5. Combine yogurt and corn flour in a large pot and bring them to boil under constant stirring. Simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Pour the yogurt sauce over zucchini and simmer for another 5 minutes or until they are cooked. Stir in garlic and dried mint.
Note: Zucchinis are low in fat and calories. ½ cup cooked Zucchinis provide only 18 calories. - Zucchinis provide useful amounts of the vitamin folic acid and potassium, known to be important for circulation.

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