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Ablama (stuffed white courgettes)

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Ingredients

  • 15 koosa
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 300g minced meat
  • 1 handful of pine nuts
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 0.5 tsp black pepper
  • 0.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tbsp pomegranate syrup
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 0.5 tsp black pepper
  • 0.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 1.5 cups hot water
Cuisine:
  • Cooking Time
    20-25 mins
  • Serving
    Serves 5
  • Skill Level
    Not that bad

Directions

Ablama is a lebanese dish, which uses koosa (light green/white courgette), stuffed with minced meat, in a tangy sauce....ooooh just delicious mashAllah :D
  1. Cut off the top part and slightly off the bottom of the koosa, to clean it, then rinse in water. Hollow out each koosa, ensuring you do this gently to ensure the koosa does to break (keep the insides of the koosa for a different dish - called treedi). Place the hollowed koosa in a large bowl of water
  2. Deep fry the koosa in hot vegetable oil until dark brown, then remove and drain on kitchen towel
  3. Meanwhile, cook the minced meat and pine nuts until the meat browns, then add the salt, black pepper and cinnamon, and mix well. Set aside to cool
  4. Once the koosa is cool enough to handle, place the minced meat into each, filling it as much as possible, then align them into a oven proof deep dish
  5. Mix the lemon juice, pomegranate syrup, salt, black pepper, cinnamon and hot water until well mixed, then pour this over the aligned koosa. Add any excess minced meat to the liquid and mix well. Taste to adjust as you like (if you like it more tangy, add more pomegranate, or add more water to decrease the tanginess)
  6. Place in the oven at 200 degrees Celsius, for between 20-25 mins, until the liquid boils. Serve with white rice

Alhamdulilah, this tasted absolutely delicious! I love tangy food, and this was just perfect. You really will love it if you try it! Enjoy :)

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