Palestinian Couscous

Maftool

Preparation info

    • Difficulty

      Easy

Appears in

The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey

The Gaza Kitchen

By Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt

Published 2021

  • About

Maftool is a special source of local pride in the Gaza district. Much like Moroccan couscous (which is Berber North African in origin), it consists of tiny pearls of wheat steamed and served with a stew called yakhni. In the north, they make a slightly different version with larger, more circular grains called moghrabiya (“of Moroccan origin”).

The maftool itself can be made in quantity and sun-dried for later use or steamed immediately.

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