Turkish Kabak Dolması (Stuffed Zucchini)

Turkish Kabak Dolması (Stuffed Zucchini)
Category: Main Dish

Description: Kabak Dolması, a traditional Turkish dish, showcases the culinary artistry of stuffed zucchini. Originating from the rich heritage of Ottoman cuisine, this dish combines the earthy flavor of zucchini with a savory mixture of rice, ground meat, and aromatic spices, creating a delectable and comforting meal.


Preparation Mode:

Start by cutting the tops off the zucchini and scooping out the centers, creating a hollow space for the stuffing. In a large mixing bowl, combine the washed rice, ground meat, finely chopped onion, grated tomatoes, pine nuts, currants, ground cinnamon, ground allspice, salt, and pepper. Mix the ingredients thoroughly to create the stuffing mixture.

Stuff each zucchini with the rice and meat mixture, pressing it down gently. Place the stuffed zucchinis in a deep pot, arranging them snugly. Drizzle olive oil over the top.

Pour hot water into the pot until it reaches about halfway up the sides of the zucchinis. Cover the pot and cook over low to medium heat for 30-40 minutes, or until the rice is cooked and the zucchinis are tender. Garnish with fresh parsley before serving.

Kabak Dolması is best enjoyed warm, and it pairs well with a side of yogurt or a squeeze of lemon for an extra burst of freshness. Revel in the rich flavors and textures of this Turkish stuffed zucchini dish.