When courgettes come (a)round

When courgettes come (a)round

3 reviews
READY IN 40 minutes
PREP TIME 15 minutes
COOK TIME 25 minutes

This is a traditional Greek recipe that has traveled,  in 1922  all the way from the Black Sea area to Greece , carried by the Greeks who  came from Turkey back home....the recipe's name in Greek is gemista kolokithakia and if this is all Greek to you then  please, let me  translate ....stuffed courgettes .....their  original version was for the  long shape courgette but it has been a while that Greeks created this round courgette especially for the use of stuffing....never the less, if you do not find them then, by all means, make them with the long-shape ones....the recipe was used without minced meat for the period of fasting and with minced meat for the festive time....the recipe brings back memories of my parents  home where I can watch my mum together with my grandmother preparing this unique, in my mind, I feel happy that I can share this with all of you in an attempt to promote the Greek healthy cooking for all occasions ...stin igia sas your health.


  • 8 round courgettes
  • 2 tablespoons virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium shredded onion
  • 2 ripe cut tomatoes
  • 240 gr. washed brown rice
  • 2 tablespoons sultanas
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1 teaspoon glove powder
  • 4 tablespoons cut fresh mint or 2 tablespoons dry mint
  • 240 gr. grilled or boiled beef minced meat
  • Salt, pepper
  • 4 cups hot water


  • 1Wash and dry the courgettes....
  • 2Cut open on top...
  • 3With a tea spoon carefully empty the courgettes...
  • 4cut the flesh into small pieces and add them to the rest of the ingredients
  • 5In a mixing bowl add all the ingredients, except the hot water
  • 6Keep mixing the ingredients until they blend together
  • 7With the teaspoon fill the courgettes
  • 8Place them by one layer
  • 9Slowly add the hot water to them
  • 10Add the olive oil
  • 11Place a small kitchen plate on top of them so they can stay still while cooking
  • 12Cook for 20 minutes on medium heat, checking the water and add more if neccesary


Nutrition Facts

  • Calories
  • Total Fat
    5 g
  • Sodium
    3 mg
  • Carbs
    60 g
  • Fiber
    40 g
  • Sugars
    2 g
  • Protein
    60 g


Ema Pirciu
27 July, 2016
I love them. We call them zucchini in Italy :) I fill them with chicken, rice, fried onion and tomato sauce, as I've adapted the Romanian version of the same recipe.
There's also an Italian way of filling them, but I can't remember it right now. I think I'll try it and post the recipe. I love zucchini season!
Melina Selalma
27 July, 2016
thank Ema, so nice yes zuchini is the Italian name, and in Greek they are called kolokithakia...but no matter what the name is we are all lovers of them ...please let us know how much you liked this recipe and tel us do you have them also in round shape like we do have them here in Greece??or do you use the lonf fat ones??cheers Ema thnks
Ema Pirciu
29 July, 2016
We grow three types of zucchini in our garden, round shaped zucchini included :)
Konstantellou Vivi
25 July, 2016
I adore courgettes! I cooked with Melina's way and was delicious!!!
Fotini Xatzistavriou
24 July, 2016
Λόγω διαβήτη,τα μαγειρευω με κινόα και περισσότερο κιμά.
Melina Selalma
25 July, 2016
this is another version of the stuffed courgettes...thank you Fotini, the traditional , original ones are with rice....many thanks quinoa is quite new food 1922 when the recipe came to Greece Quinoa did not exist