This is now become my favorite, great pilaf for stuffing in my fave vegetable Zucchini. And hubby likes it so much until he ate 3 portion ! He likes eat it with yogurt, it's nice though, you can try with yogurt also. But me, I like it with sprinkle of chili flakes and mix vegetable pickles...
And here I share my recipe, maybe you'd like to try it also.
Ingredients: 3 medium zucchini.
1 cup rice, wash and drain
150 gr beef / lamb, roughly chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed and finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon all-spice powder
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
Salt to taste and pinch of sugar
1 ½ cups beef broth or hot water
2 tablespoons margarine / butter for sauteing
Ingredients for sauce:
3 medium fresh tomatoes, finely grated.
1 tablespoon tomato paste / chili paste. Dissolve in 1 cup hot water
1 small onion, finely chopped
Small amount of oil for sauteing
Pinch of salt
Parsley for sprinkles, chopped coarse
1) Peel Zucchini, Halved lengthwise, scrape and remove the core. Soak in salt water for few minutes.
2) Heat the margarine / butter. Cook meat until tender, stir in garlic and onion, saute until fragrant and transparent. Combine the rice and stir well. Put all the spices and stir well. Pour the beef broth / hot water, stirring until blended. Cover the pan and reduce heat. Cook until broth is absorbed by rice (± 15 minutes). Turn off heat, set aside.
3) Make the sauce: Heat a little oil, saute onion until fragrant and transparent, cook in grated tomatoes and tomato/ chili paste solution , put some salt and bring to simmer. Turn off the heat.
4) Take zucchini, fill all of them with stuffing. Prepare a wide pan with a lid, and cook zucchini in tomato sauce till zucchini cooked (soft), about 20 minutes.
:: Note. If wide pan not available, you can do batching cooking, but 1st divide the tomato sauce into two.
Serve warm with a sprinkling of chopped parsley and yogurt (or chili flakes) d(^,^)b