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Mtawwamit Kusa: Tahini and Yogurt Zucchini Dip


If you like Baba Ghannoush or Mtabbal, you should definitely try Mtawwamit Kusa. The concept is similar, using zucchini instead of roasted eggplant, and it can work as a salad, a sandwich spread, a side to grilled meats, or a dip for a chips/veggie platter. To keep it as basic as possible, you can omit the walnuts and dill if you want, although they add a nice touch. All the ingredients can be adjusted to your own particular liking.






2 medium sized zucchini, grated (you can also use the leftover “insides” of the zucchini if you recently made mahshi!)

4 cloves of garlic, crushed

1 large lemon, juiced

4-5 tablespoons of tahini paste

2 tablespoons of cold water

2/3 cup of thick Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon of chopped parsley

1/3 cup of finely crushed walnuts (optional)

1 tablespoon of finely chopped dill (optional)

olive oil for garnishing

salt and pepper to taste



Saute the grated zucchini with two cloves of crushed garlic in a couple tablespoons of oil until the zucchini gets soft. Add a bit of water, turn the heat down and cover, letting it cook while checking it every few minutes, until the zucchini completely softens. Turn off heat and let cool.

In a bowl, whisk the tahini paste with half of the lemon juice until the tahini turns white. You will need to gradually add the cold water in while you’re whisking to keep the consistency creamy. Add the yogurt, the remaining two garlic cloves, and the parsley. Add the walnuts and dill at this point if you’re using them. Mix well.

Mash the cooked zucchini – you can make it as smooth as you want, but I like to leave it a bit chunky. Add the zucchini into the tahini+yogurt mixture. Add remaining lemon juice, as well as salt and pepper to taste. Mix well, then chill. Serve drizzled with olive oil.





Long Break

I haven’t updated this blog in forever! I was in Egypt for a while visiting relatives, and then I went to Morocco for a Fulbright conference. Then my siblings arrived in Jordan to spend the summer here with me, so things have been very busy! I’m eager to start blogging again though.

Summer has finally come, and with the heat, heavy foods like rice or meat dishes can be off-putting. We like to cook as “lightly” as possible in the summer, with simple, cool dishes. One of my favorites is “Libb Koosa,” or zucchini insides. Usually, people make this dish as a way to make use of the seeds of zucchinis that have already been cored for stuffing. Scoop out the insides of some zucchini, sautee them lightly in olive oil with chopped onion and chili pepper, season with salt and pepper, then serve with bread for scooping it up! That’s really how easy it is. I personally love this dish served cold the next day, but hot is good too.

Scoop out the insides of some zucchini.

Chop up some hot chili pepper (optional).

Sautee chopped onions in olive oil till soft and transparent..

Add the pepper and the zucchini seeds, sautee until soft, seasoning with salt and pepper.

Serve hot or cold, with fresh bread to scoop it up with.

Really simple :)

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