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Mehshi Kusa — Squash Stuffed with Ground Meat and Rice


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Mehshi Kusa — Squash Stuffed with Ground Meat and Rice

Zucchini or yellow squash are stuffed with a mixture of ground beef and rice. This dish is especially perfect for Sukkot when it is a custom to eat stuffed foods.


  • Prep Time : 45 min
  • Cook Time : 1 hour
  • Ready Time : 1 hour, 45 min


6 to 8 Servings


  • 8 medium yellow squash or zucchini, cored
  • 14 dried apricots
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons temerhindi
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (optional)


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ⅓ cup short grain rice
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper


  1. Prepare the hashu. Soak rice in water left uncovered for 30 minutes and drain. Combine the meat, rice, allspice, vegetable oil, cinnamon, salt, and white pepper.
  2. Loosely stuff squash with hashu.
  3. Pour oil into a large saucepan. Place stuffed squash inside and layer half of the apricots on top. Place saucepan over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until the squash begins to release liquid.
  4. Add remaining apricots and sprinkle with salt. Directly onto the apricot layer, add lemon juice, temerhindi, and, if desired, sugar. Then pour 1 cup of water over the top. Place a saucer on top of the squash as a weight. Bring mixture to a boil.
  5. Reduce flame to low, cover, and simmer gently for 1 hour. Cook in oven to thicken and integrate flavor and caramelize.

Mehshi kusa with tomato-mint sauce
In step 2, substitute one 6-ounce can of tomato sauce, 1 tablespoon of dried mint, 6 garlic cloves, chopped, for the apricots and temerhindi.


About Poopa Dweck


Poopa Dweck is the author of Aromas of Aleppo, and expert on Aleppian Jewish cookery and the creator of Deal Delights cookbooks. A highly active community leader, she frequently lectures and performs cooking demonstrations. She is also the founder of the Jesse Dweck City Learning Center and Daughters of Sarah and the cofounder of the Sephardic Women’s Organization. Dweck lives in Deal, New Jersey, with her husband, and has five children.




8 Responses to Mehshi Kusa — Squash Stuffed with Ground Meat and Rice

  1. I’ve been looking for a different stuffed squash recipe. This is it. Love the spice and flavor combinations. YUM

  2. avatar says: suzing

    Yum is right. I made beautifully stuffed zucchini, but tonight had “sloppy joe” type sandwiches with the leftover meat. [We had a picnic at the pool, and shhh! I ate mine before I brought the family theirs, for fear it would be devoured and I wouldn't get any. I hardly ever eat meat.]

  3. avatar says: Vida

    How can i get recipies??!! Happy holidays

  4. avatar says: Samantha

    I don’t eat beef. Is it possible to substitute something and make this vegetarian/parve?

    • avatar says: Avi

      Dweck’s cookbook has a recipe for a great looking vegetarian version of the hashu you can substitute!

  5. avatar says: Batsheva

    Can’t wait to try the Mahsi with tamerhind, i’ver always used tomatoe. but i think a change is in order.
    I have temerhindi now only because I made a large purchase while in Long Branch. I’ve never seen it in Chicago and don’t care for the apple butter type. Any suggestions?

    • You can probably find whole tamarind and make it yourself, but if that is too much work, I have heard some use ketchup.

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