Zucchini Garlic Dip – Lib el Kousa · Eat this! Vegan recipes (2024)

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Okay, I'll correct ourselves here:Our zucchini frittersaren't the perfect recipe to combat the zucchini glut. They're the second-most perfect, this addictive zucchini garlic dip is now at number 1.

Read the Kousais not only perhaps the simplest and, above all, tastiest zucchini recipe we have ever stumbled upon, it could also be the inspiration for the principle of “No Food Waste”. Traditionally, for the puree, which comes from the Arab countries of the Levant, only the leftover core casing, “Lib”, that was cut out when preparing stuffed zucchini, “Kousa”, is used, which might otherwise have ended up in the compost.

You can, but you don't have to, a ton of cucurbits for examplestuffed zucchini boatshollow out, the recipe also works perfectly with the whole fruit. Depending on the recipe, onions, garlic, olive oil, herbs and spices are added and then the whole thing is simply braised until the ingredients decide to become one. I would like to add a unit that smells at least as scary as it tastes. This zucchini garlic dip is addictive to both the nose and tongue, seriously!

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This is how we prepare Lib el Kousa

It is best to use a pan with a relatively high edge ora shallow roasting pan. A larger surface area helps the immense amount of water contained in the zucchini to evaporate more quickly. Cast iron cookware distributes the heat more evenly and right up to the edge, so if you have it on hand, put it on the stove.

Onion and zucchini are cut into even, not too large cubes and simmered in a generous glug of olive oil over medium heat with the lid on for about 20 minutes, until the vegetables are soft enough that you can mash them with a wooden spoon. A pinch of salt at the beginning will help the water come out more quickly. Depending on the amount of zucchini, this may take a little less or longer, so don't forget to stir every now and then.

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Meanwhile, we crush an almost outrageous amount of garlic with a pinch of salt into a paste in a mortar or rub the cloves on onefine grater, chop some fresh parsley and mint finely and warn everyone around you that the garlic flag will now be carried around with pride.

Once the vegetables have cooked until soft, stir in the garlic and a small pinch of cumin, then the whole thing can continue to simmer uncovered for another five to seven minutes until the zucchini-garlic dip has reduced to such an extent that no moisture remains on the bottom of the pan when stirred .

After the puree has been allowed to cool briefly, we stir in the herbs and a dash of lemon juice and that's it. And during Lib el Kousa of coursesprawling mezze plattersfits and goes very well with well-known classics such asHummus,Baba GanoushandMutabbalunderstands - to be honest, we are more than happy if we just go with this, probably the best of all zucchini and garlic dipsViolationto be able to enjoy. Insider tip: use large, mild onion pieces as a vehicle for the dip!

Zucchini Garlic Dip –Lib el Kousa · Eat this! Vegan recipes (4)

Can I also make the zucchini garlic dip?

  • …prepare?The answer is “yes” with an exclamation mark! Lib el Kousa will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for several days.
  • …less garlic, with other herbs, with other spices?Even though we were able to find relatively few recipes for Lib el Kousa on the internet, this also seems to be a classic example of “make of it what you want”.Nadia Gilbert, from whom we got the inspiration, spices things up on YouTubewith turmeric and doesn't use onions at all. Dried mint is often seasoned and pomegranate syrup is also used from time to time. However, if you want to reduce or leave out the garlic, I can't help youGo!give with a clear conscience, which then comes down to your own responsibility.
  • …use as a spread?But absolutely! We're addicted to it right now.

portions4 portions

Lib el Kousa – probably the most delicious zucchini and garlic dip

Preparation time30minutes minutes

total time30minutes minutes

  • 1 Onion
  • 750 g Zucchini
  • 6 HE olive oil
  • 2 TL Salt
  • 5 Toes Garlic or optionally more
  • ½ TL cumin
  • 15 g Parsley
  • 10 g mint
  • 1 HE lemon juice
  • Cut the onion and zucchini into cubes about 1 ½ cm in size. Put 4 tablespoons of olive oil in a hot pan or roasting pan - ideally made of cast iron - and let the vegetables, seasoned with ¾ teaspoon of salt, simmer with the lid on over medium heat for about 20 minutes until they are soft and can be easily removed with a wooden spoon or mash with a fork. Stirring occasionally.

    1 onion,750 g courgettes,6 tbsp olive oil,2 tsp salt

  • Meanwhile, finely crush or finely grate the garlic with ½ teaspoon of salt in a mortar and set aside until further use.

    5 cloves garlic,2 tsp salt

  • Stir the garlic and cumin into the cooked vegetables and fry for another 5-7 minutes until the excess water has evaporated. Depending on the water content of the zucchini, this may take longer.

    5 cloves garlic,½ tsp cumin

  • Mash the vegetables finely, remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Then stir in the finely chopped herbs, season with the remaining salt and lemon juice and serve topped with the remaining olive oil.

    2 tsp salt,15 g parsley,10 g Minze,1 tbsp lemon juice,6 tbsp olive oil

Our tips

The recipe can also be modified with other herbs or spices. For example, turmeric or dill also works.

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The nerdy half of Eat this! Loves to cook more elaborately and is probably responsible for the long recipes on the blog. Can never have enough chef's knives and loves chilies of all shapes and colors. In his free time he likes to ride his bike and listen to metal.

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  1. Zucchini Garlic Dip –Lib el Kousa · Eat this! Vegan recipes (15)

    Hi, has anyone ever frozen this? 😅
    I would like to cook in advance.
    Lg Jenny

    Reply to Jenny

    1. Zucchini Garlic Dip –Lib el Kousa · Eat this! Vegan recipes (16)

      Hi Jenny,

      I suspect that this won't work so well. Despite cooking, the dip still contains a relatively large amount of water, which crystallizes when it freezes and then comes out again when it thaws. If it doesn't detract from the taste, it probably detracts from the consistency.

      I could well imagine that the dip could be easily boiled down to make it last longer. Basically it will keep well sealed in the fridge for a few days. 🙂

      Best regards
      Jörg

      Reply to Jörg

  2. Zucchini Garlic Dip –Lib el Kousa · Eat this! Vegan recipes (17)

    Hello, first of all, thank you for the wonderful recipe – and the many others…..! Tastes great warm and cold!

    I roughly grated the zucchini, sprinkled it with salt and left it to stand for now. I was able to drain off most of the liquid before braising. Just a tip!

    Reply to Evelin

    1. Zucchini Garlic Dip –Lib el Kousa · Eat this! Vegan recipes (18)

      Hi Evelyn,

      also a good option, thanks for the tip. 🙂

      Best regards
      Jörg

      Reply to Jörg

  3. Zucchini Garlic Dip –Lib el Kousa · Eat this! Vegan recipes (19)

    Oh how delicious! I added a small can of white beans (also mashed) to the dish. Increases the creaminess and is good for the protein balance, and does not affect the taste. I adjusted the spices (especially the garlic :-)) to the larger total quantity. The smell wafting through the apartment is heavenly and promising 🙂 But I'll let the whole thing cool down; given the current temperatures, I prefer it cold. Thank you for the inspiration!

    Reply to Bettina

    1. Zucchini Garlic Dip –Lib el Kousa · Eat this! Vegan recipes (20)

      Hello dear Bettina,

      Thank you so much for the great feedback. We are very pleased. And of course, we also like the dip great cold.

      Best regards
      Jörg

      Reply to Jörg

  4. Zucchini Garlic Dip –Lib el Kousa · Eat this! Vegan recipes (21)

    That looks really good! Will try it out tonight, thanks to the zucchini glut….

    Reply to Ursi

  5. Zucchini Garlic Dip –Lib el Kousa · Eat this! Vegan recipes (22)

    That looks so delicious. I have to try that.
    Best regards
    Silk
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    Reply to Silke Collein

    1. Zucchini Garlic Dip –Lib el Kousa · Eat this! Vegan recipes (23)

      Thank you very much, Silke. 😊

      Best regards
      Nadine

      Reply to Nadine

  6. Zucchini Garlic Dip –Lib el Kousa · Eat this! Vegan recipes (24)

    oh great, what a discovery!! The first time it was all over in the evening - the glass has been in the fridge for a few days and has become so hot that I can only eat it with hummus - a fantastic combination, but I have to think about it. that this follows suit?

    Reply to Henrike

    1. Zucchini Garlic Dip –Lib el Kousa · Eat this! Vegan recipes (25)

      We're so happy that you like the dip so much. All you really have to worry about is if it gets too spicy, we like it. 😅

      Best regards
      Jörg

      Reply to Jörg

  7. Zucchini Garlic Dip –Lib el Kousa · Eat this! Vegan recipes (26)

    Hello you two,

    Thank you very much for the great recipe! However, I would like to point out that there is no way this super-schlotz will last in the fridge for several days. I just made this as a side dish for tomorrow's barbecue and am now frantically trying to figure out how to keep it out of the fridge until tomorrow afternoon! I added a touch more onion because I think life without a lot of onions is a mistake. Otherwise exactly according to the recipe.
    Best regards
    Malaika

    Reply to Malaika Rönneckendorf

    1. Zucchini Garlic Dip –Lib el Kousa · Eat this! Vegan recipes (27)

      Hehe, yes, we understand that! It's outrageously delicious. 😅 Of course, I can never have enough onions! 🙌

      Best regards
      Nadine

      Reply to Nadine

  8. Zucchini Garlic Dip –Lib el Kousa · Eat this! Vegan recipes (28)

    ... the dip is waiting in the fridge for the guests in the evening - but it's so good that I'm not sure whether it will "survive" that long 😉 Thanks for the brilliant recipe!!

    Reply to Sabine

    1. Zucchini Garlic Dip –Lib el Kousa · Eat this! Vegan recipes (29)

      Hi Sabine,

      Thank you for your lovely feedback. ☺️ We hope it was well received by the guests too!

      Best regards
      Nadine

      Reply to Nadine

  9. Zucchini Garlic Dip –Lib el Kousa · Eat this! Vegan recipes (30)

    I find your way of writing very entertaining and funny... different than just the recipe... I'll definitely try it out and since I love all the ingredients... I'm sure I'll love the result too... keep it up… kind regards Gabi

    Reply to Gabi

    1. Zucchini Garlic Dip –Lib el Kousa · Eat this! Vegan recipes (31)

      Thank you very much for your feedback. I am very pleased! Then have fun cooking. 🙂

      Reply to Jörg

  10. Zucchini Garlic Dip –Lib el Kousa · Eat this! Vegan recipes (32)

    It's there right away. Smells really delicious. But I should have peeled the zucchini first.

    Reply to Jo

    1. Zucchini Garlic Dip –Lib el Kousa · Eat this! Vegan recipes (33)

      Hi Jo,

      thanks for the feedback. Zucchini peels are usually very soft and we always eat them with us. Did you get a zucchini with a firm skin or don't you like it? I would be very interested. 🙂

      Best regards
      Jörg

      Reply to Jörg

      1. Zucchini Garlic Dip –Lib el Kousa · Eat this! Vegan recipes (34)

        Hello Jörg, the peels didn't detract from the taste of the dish, but they were still very firm while the rest of the zucchini was already soft. I then simply inserted the blender and everything was fine again.

      2. Zucchini Garlic Dip –Lib el Kousa · Eat this! Vegan recipes (35)

        Understand. Then maybe you actually had zucchini with a slightly firmer, thicker peel...we actually like the pieces of peel, they just give the whole thing a little more bite. But it's easy to adapt it to your own taste. 🙂

        Thank you for the update!

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