Stuffed Vegtables | Mahshi





  • 3 Zucchinis
  • 3 Capsicums
  • 3 Tomatoes
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 500g Beef mince
  • 1 Cup basmati rice
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 Litre chicken stock
  • 1/2 Cup chopped Parsley
  • 1 Tbsp chopped mint
  • 2 Garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Nutmeg


  • Cut off the tops of the capsicums, remove the seeds and discard.
  • Core the rest of the vegetables into the pot, leaving only a thin outer shell.
  • In a medium sized bowl combine rice, mince, tomato paste, mint, parsley, onion, garlic, salt and pepper, olive oil and pinch of nutmeg.
  • Fill the vegetables with the rice mixture.
  • In a large, deep non-stick pot, arrange the stuffed vegetables facing upwards.
  • Pour the chicken stock over the vegetables.
  • Cook on high for 10 minutes then simmer over a medium heat for 20 minutes until the vegetables are tender when tested with the point of a knife.

Anzac Biscuits



  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 2 tbs honey
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda


  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
  • Combine the flour, coconut, rolled oats and sugar into the mixer for 1 minute.
  • Place the butter and honey in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 1 minute.
  • Combine 3 tbsp of warm water and 1/2 tsp of bicarbonate of soda in a small bowl.
  • Add to the oat mixture along with the butter. Stir until well combined.
  • Roll tablespoonfuls of the mixture into balls and place on the lined trays, allowing space for spreading.
  • Gently press each ball to flatten slightly.
  • Bake for 15 minutes for crisp biscuits.
  • Set aside on the trays to cool completely.

Chicken curry


  • 1 kg chicken breast cut cubes
  • 2 Large onions, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 table spoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 table spoon of curry powder
  • 1 table spoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • salt, pepper
  • 1 tablespoon curry paste
  • can of coconut milk
  • 3 cups of chicken stock
  • 2 carrots, cut cubes
  • 4 large potatoes, cut cubes
  • 4 table spoon fresh coriander
  • oil


  • Heat about 2 tablespoon of oil in a large pan
  • Cook the chicken over a high heat for about 4 minutes or until brown.
  • Remove from the pan, add the onion and cook over a medium heat, stirring frequently
  • Add the garlic, ginger and cook for 2 minutes then add the spices
  • Add the vegetables then cook for a further 5 minutes
  • Add the chicken mix well then add the chicken stock and boil for 10 minutes
  • Reduce the heat for 30 minutes then add the coconut milk
  • Cook for further 10 minutes.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander and serve with rice



  • 1 pack lasagne sheets
  • 3 liters water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 60g butter
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup grated Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Meat Sauce

  • 500g beef mince
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon Italian herbs
  • Salt, pepper
  • Heat the oil, add onion and garlic then cook for 5 minutes
  • Add beef mince and cook until browned
  • Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, stock, mixed herbs, salt and pepper
  • Bring to the boil then let it simmer for 30 minutes stirring occasionally.

Béchamel Sauce

  • Melt the butter then add plain flour, stir continually for 2 minutes
  • Remove from heat and add the milk
  • Return to the heat and let it boil while stirring continually until sauce thickens
  • Add the cheese and nutmeg
  • In a large pot bring the water to boil add lasagne, salt and oil
  • Stir gently until the lasagne becomes tender, cool the sheets under running water
  • Spread a layer of meat sauce over the base of the lasagne dish
  • Pour some béchamel sauce and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese
  • Cover with a layer of lasagne sheets
  • Repeat to make 2 layers and pour over remaining béchamel and sprinkle with
  • Parmesan cheese and italian herbs
  • Bake in a preheated oven 180 for about 35 minutes or until golden
  • stand for 10 minutes before serving

Sausage Rolls



  • 500g mince beef / lamb
  • 4 spring onions chopped or 1 onion chopped
  • 1 carrot shredded
  • 2 sticks of celery chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg beaten
  • Salt, pepper
  • Italian herbs
  • Chilli
  • Puff pastry sheets
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk


  • Combine mince, onions, carrots, celery, tomato paste, tomato sauce, egg, bread crumbs and seasoning.
  • Mix well then cut pastry sheets in half
  • Place the mixture in the middle of the pastry
  • Fold then roll to enclose the filling.
  • Cut them to the desired size
  • Glaze over with beaten egg and milk
  • Cook in moderate oven 180 degrees for about 20 minutes or until lightly browned
  • Serve with tomato sauce

Mamul (Date Cookies)


  • 11 cups semolina course
  • 3 cups semolina fine
  • 1/2 cup self raising flour
  • 1 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons mehlepi (optional flavour)
  • 3 1/2 packs of unsalted butter 250g each
  • 1/2 kg ghee
  • 1/2 cup blossom water mazaher
  • 2 tablespoon of yeast
  • 1 cup warm water

Filling Ingredients

  • 5 packs of pitted dates 500g each
  • 2 spoons of cinnamon
  • cloves
  • nutmeg
  • 150g of unsalted butter



  • Combine the semolina, flour, butter and ghee then leave it for about 1-2 hours

Date filling

  • Mix the dates and the seasoning then put it in the microwave in batches for 5 minutes
  • Add butter to soften the dates then put it in the food processor to puree to make a well formed dough
  • Cut them into small balls


  • Mix the semolina well then add the the rest of the ingredients
  • Mix thoroughly until it becomes a well formed dough then divide the mixture into small pieces
  • These pieces should be about the same size as the mould
  • Lay a piece of of the dough in the palm of your hand and flatten it with your other hand
  • Then add the date filling in the middle of the dough and fold it
  • Place the dough in the mould and press gently to set
  • Tap the mould out and place them on a tray
  • Bake them in a 180 degree preheated oven for 15 minutes
  • Sprinkle with icing sugar when cooled
  • This recipe makes up to 120 cookies


  • Sprinkle some fine simolina into the mould before using  it to stop the dough from sticking.

Lahma bi Ajeen


  • 500g lean lamb mince
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 red capsicum diced
  • 2 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 6 tomatoes chopped
  • Salt, pepper,cumin, chilli
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Pita bread  about 3 packs


  • Slice pita bread in halves (about 3 packs)
  • Mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl
  • Place about 2 tablespoons of the mixture on each piece of bread
  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees and bake for about 10-15 minutes
  • Serve warm with yoghurt and salad on the side

Eggplant (Moussaka)

Meat sauce Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ½ kg mince or small cubes of meat lamb or beef
  • 750ml jar of pasta sauce
  • 2 spoons of tomato paste
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • Salt, pepper to taste
  • Olive oil
  • 2 big eggplants peeled and sliced


  • 250g Mozzarella shredded.
  • 100g grated Parmesan cheese
  • Dried oregano


  • Heat the olive oil and add the onion and garlic
  • Cook for a few minutes then add the meat
  • Cook until golden brown then add the pasta sauce, tomato paste and the beef stock
  • Simmer for about 30 minutes then season to taste
  • Using a sharp peeler, partially peel the eggplants, leaving strips of peel about 1 inch wide around the eggplant. Slice the eggplant in to 1/2 cm slices.
  • Drizzle with oil then grill.
  • Lightly grease a large deep baking pan line half the eggplant, the meat sauce and sprinkle with 1/2 the cheese and 1/2 spoon or oregano
  • Add the rest of the eggplant, top it with the rest or the cheese
  • Bake at 180C for 25 to 30 minutes

Lamb steak with mash potatoes



Mashed Potatoes Ingredients

  • 4 large potatoes
  • 20g butter about 1/3 cup milk
  • Ground cumin
  • garlic
  • salt and pepper


  • Cook the potatoes in boiled salted water until tender
  • Drain the potatoes, peel then press with potato masher
  • Add the butter and milk then season with salt and pepper
  • Add the cumin then mix well until smooth

Lamb Ingredients

  • 4 Lamb steak
  • 1 chopped onion
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup wine or vinegar
  • oil


  • Combine onion, salt, pepper, lemon juice, wine and meat
  • Put it in a container and cover for about 1 hour in the fridge
  • Heat pan and cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side turn once
  • Serve with mash potatoes and salad