Zucchini in yogurt sauce (Koossa bel-laban)


This salad is Syrian in origin (from Aleppo) according to Sana Obari Barbeer, author of Al-Tabekh al-halabi (Cuisine of Aleppo, Dar el-ilm Lilmalayin). It is very simple and the combo of zucchini and yogurt is much beloved here in Lebanon as well.

The zucchinis one finds in Beirut are tiny (about 3 inches long) and almost sweet. In Dallas I usually buy them at the Middle-Eastern store where they carry this variety or get the Mexican ones (calabasas) that are close in taste. However, any zucchinis will do. 


INGREDIENTS: 4 servings

  • 1 lb zucchinis
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 lb yogurt


  1. Wash and dry the zucchinis and cut off the ends; cut in slices, about 1/3 inch thick. Heat the olive oil and fry the zucchini slices in oil till golden and a bit softened. Remove from the oil and set aside on a serving bowl.
  2. Whisk the yogurt with a fork to get it looking creamy. Mash the garlic in a mortar with the salt and add to the yogurt, stirring to combine. Pour the yogurt over the zucchinis and serve with bread.


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  1. Posted February 8, 2013 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    These are so super cute – and refreshing, too!

  2. Posted February 8, 2013 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    Love the look of the golden brown zucchini slices. Must taste so good with the yoghurt!

  3. Posted February 9, 2013 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    Gorgeous little zucchinis! I tried to grow some so that I could pick them nice and young, but we didn’t have much luck.

  4. Posted February 9, 2013 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    This is so simple yet nutritious and delicious.

  5. Posted February 10, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to find seed for those wonderful, little zucchini. Less in best in this vegetable’s case :) Delightful way to serve them.

  6. Posted February 14, 2013 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    Une véritable douceur en toute légèreté…

  7. Posted February 15, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Wish I could find these “baby” zucchinis around here, I bet they taste so much sweeter than the monsters we grow in the northeast. Love the idea of the yogurt sauce too, sounds divine.

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