Stuffed squash

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Stuffed squash
Punjene tikvice.jpg
Stuffed squash
Alternative namesStuffed zucchini
CourseMain course
Region or statethe former Ottoman domain: the Balkans, Egypt, Turkey, and the Levant
Associated national cuisineOttoman cuisine
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredientsSummer squashes, minced meat, rice
Ingredients generally usedonions, spices, tomato sauce
Similar dishesStuffed peppers

Stuffed squash, courgette, marrow, mahshi, or zucchini is a dish common in the region of the former Ottoman Empire from the Balkans to the Levant and Egypt, a kind of dolma. It consists of various kinds of squash or zucchini stuffed with rice and sometimes meat and cooked on the stovetop or in the oven. The meat version is served hot, as a main course. The meatless version is considered an "olive-oil dish" and is often eaten at room temperature or warm.


The placenta and seeds of larger, shorter, cylindrical immature squashes are pulled off, and the further proceeding is similar as for punjene paprike or sarma.[1] Often, punjene tikvice (stuffed squashes) and punjene paprike (stuffed peppers) are made together, as a mixed dish.[2]


The name in various languages generally means literally "stuffed squash": Croatian: Punjene tikvice; Serbian: Punjene tikvice; Serbian Cyrillic: Пуњене тиквице; Albanian: Kungulleshka të mbushura; Macedonian: Полнети тиквички; Bulgarian: Пълнени тиквички; Greek: Γεμιστά κολοκυθάκια ; Turkish: Kabak dolması; kousa mahshi Arabic: كوسا محشي‎ / ALA-LC: kūsā maḥshī.[3]


An acorn squash stuffed with pilaf and topped with cheese

In the Levant, this dish is flavoured with mint and garlic. In Cyprus, the flowers of the marrow are also stuffed.[4]

The cultivar is called 'Cousa' in Robinson and Decker-Walters (1997)[5] p. 77: "Some summer squash cultivars, e.g. the vegetable marrows (Cucurbita pepo) are consumed when almost mature. In the Middle East, nearly mature fruits of 'Cousa' are stuffed with meat and other ingredients, then baked".

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  1. ^ "Tikvice punjene mesom i bulgurom u crvenom umaku". Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Punjene paprike ili tikvice". 12 June 2008. Retrieved 26 July Croatian
  3. ^ Kousa Mahshi
  4. ^ Stuffed Marrow Flowers
  5. ^ Robinson and Decker-Walters (1997). Cucurbits.