Persian Stuffed Zucchini (Dolmeh Kadoo)

Dolama or dolmeh is a tasty dish found in Iranian cuisine, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Greece, Arabic countries and Central Asia. The word dolma is a Turkish word and means to fill.  Dolma is the Persian version of stuffed vegetables. You can use eggplant, zucchini, onion, or tomato and stuff with either ground beef or turkey and aromatic herbs.

Up to now, I have shared several recipes for my collection of dolma recipes including: stuffed grape leaves, cabbage rolls, stuffed eggplants, stuffed onions, and today I am going to share my Persian stuffed zucchini.  In Persian language zucchini or courgette  is called Kadoo .

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Dolma is considered comfort food. These different kinds of dolma are stuffed with either meat and spices, or meat herbs and rice, or there are vegetarian version with rice and herbs and GOOD NEWS IS, all are DELICIOUS.
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Ingredients

  • 2 large zucchini or Courgette,
  • 300g ground beef or lamb meat
  • 5tbsp semi cooked rice
  • 100g mixed herbs: mint, parsley, coriander, spring onions
  • 1tsp turmeric
  • 2tbsp tomato paste
  • 1tbsp dried dill (I use dried dill because it is more aromatic rather than fresh dill)
  • Olive oil
  • Greek yogurt
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, grated

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How to make it??

First of all wash the zucchini. If the skin of the zucchini has been waxed , peel the skin but leaved the skin of if it’s unwaxed. (However large zucchini should be peeled because the skin might be bitter).

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Then cut each each zuchini into 3 tubes. Scoop out the insides. Keep the insides and add into the pot where you are going cook the zucchini dolma.

For stuffing you need, add rice, chopped fresh herbs, salt, pepper, some turmeric and dried dill to the ground meat and mix ingredients until combine well. Fill each zucchini with the stuffing and settle stuffed zucchini in the pot.

Fill each zucchini with the stuffing and settle stuffed zucchini in the pot.

In a saucepan, add tomato paste, olive oil,  pinch of salt, turmeric and Chilli powder. Saute for 2 minutes. Then, add a cup of water to the tomato paste and bring it to a quick boil.

Pour the sauce on the stuffed zucchini. Simmer over the low heat for about 30-40 minutes, allowing the sauce to reduce.

Meanwhile, mix yogurt with grated garlic. Serve the stuffed zucchini with garlic-yogurt.

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Persian Stuffed Zucchinni

 

Ingredients

  • 2 large zucchini or Courgette,
  • 300g ground beef or lamb meat
  • 5tbsp semi cooked rice
  • 100g mixed herbs: mint, parsley, coriander, spring onions
  • 1tsp turmeric
  • 2tbsp tomato paste
  • 1tbsp dried dill
  • Olive oil
  • Greek yogurt
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, grated

How to make it??

First of all wash the zucchini. If the skin of the zucchini has been waxed , peel the skin but leaved the skin of if it’s unwaxed. (However large zucchini should be peeled because the skin might be bitter).

Then cut each each zuchini into 3 tubes. Scoop out the insides. Keep the insides and add into the pot where you are going cook the zucchini dolma. For stuffing you need, add rice, chopped fresh herbs, salt, pepper, some turmeric and dried dill to the ground meat and mix ingredients until combine well. Fill each zucchini with the stuffing and settle stuffed zucchini in the pot.

Heat some olive oil in the saucepan. Add tomato paste, pinch of salt, turmeric and Chilli powder. Saute for 2 minutes. Then, add a cup of water to the tomato paste and bring it to a quick boil. Pour the sauce on the stuffed zucchini. Simmer over the low heat for about 30-40 minutes, allowing the sauce to reduce.

Meanwhile, mix yogurt with grated garlic. Serve the stuffed zucchini with garlic-yogurt.

 

 

Persian Zucchini Stew ( Khoresht-e Kado Sabz)

Green zucchini/courgette stew  is a classic- colourful and flavourful Persian stew ( khoresht). Zucchini is called kadoo in Farsi language. If you think courgettes were boring, you have to try this recipe. It’s cooked in a lemony-tomato sauce along with beautiful spices such as Persian saffron, turmeric, ….You might use either beef/lamb or chicken meat.

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 Lemon juice or Ghooreh ( unripe grapes) gives unique taste to this recipe. This meal is a lovely, comforting stew that my mother used to cook once a week.

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Ingredients

  • 1 large zucchini/courgette, peeled and sliced
  • 200g lamb, diced
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 lemon juice or handful Ghooredh (unriped grapes)
  • pinch of Persian saffron
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 2tbsp tomato paste
  • Sand pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil

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Method

In a pot with diced meat, add one of chopped onions and water. Leave to cook until nice and tender. In a non-stick pan, drizzle with oil and saute other onion until translucent.

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Cut zucchini lengthwise. Heat the oil in a non-stick pan and place them in the pan. Lightly fry.

 

Once meat is ready, add fried onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes.. Mix 1 ½ cups of boiling water with pinch of Persian saffron, turmeric, tomato paste, and lemon juice.

Seasoning with salt and pepper, mix well and pour in the pot with meat and onion. If you do not like lemon juice, simply add unripe grapes to the stew and let to cook with other ingredients.

 

Add fried zucchini slices and tomatoes halves to other ingredients in the pot. Cover the pot and cook over medium to low heat until juice reduce.

Serve khoresht kadoo warm over polo (pilaft ) or with flat bread and a salad by the side.

 

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Persian Zucchini Spaghetti

Courgette, zucchini or Kado as we say it in Persian,  is treated as vegetable but botanically zucchini is fruit. The abundant Courgette in company with other ingredients change into something really delicious. You can make lovely frittata , stew, curry and soup with zucchini.

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Today in my kitchen I will cook a Persian style DIVINE vegetarian zucchini spaghetti with spices and full of flavour, colour and taste. This recipe has approve by my family members and my guests.

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Zucchini spaghetti

ingredients

200g spaghetti

2 large green zucchini, diced

400g tinned chopped tomato

1 medium onion, thinly sliced

3 garlic cloves, grated

1 medium bell pepper, chopped

salt and pepper to taste

1 tsp turmeric

½ tsp cinnamon

1tbsp curry powder

1tbsp Persian saffron water

2 potatoes, sliced

Olive oil

3tbsp Greek yogurt

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Method

Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Saute onion until soft. Add chopped zucchini and bell pepper. Cook until zucchini is softened, Stirring occasionally.

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Now, add tinned tomato, above mentioned spices, saffron water and season with salt and pepper. and remove from the heat. Now add grated garlic and gently mix all ingredients.

Cook the spaghetti following pack instructions. Drain the spaghetti and stir into the zucchini sauce.

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Heat the Olive oil in a pan, layer slices of potatoes and spread curry powder top of potatoe as you see in the photo. Pour spaghetti top of the potatoes. Cover the pot with a lid and leave to cook potatoes over medium heat.

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In a bowl with Greek yogurt, add one grated garlic, pinch of salt, pinch of dried mint or dill. Mix all together.

Serve the zucchini spaghetti with garlic yogurt sauce and crispy fried potatoes from bottom of the pot. 

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