Maftoul (Palestinian Couscous)

Written by Asma

November 15, 2021

Maftoul (Palestinian Couscous) is a Palestinian popular dish, dating back to ancient times, and there are those who say that its origin dates back to the era of the Prophet Solomon, peace be upon him, when the jinn doctor made it for the Prophet Solomon, peace be upon him, to relieve his insomnia.

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Maftoul (Palestinian Couscous)

Maftoul is one of the famous popular Palestinian dishes. It is made of bulgur balls coated with flour; you will be able to enjoy a pack of nutrients and healthy benefits from this, simple-to cook
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: middle eastern, Palestinian & Jordanian Recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 245kcal
Author: Asma


  • 1 large boiled chicken
  • 1 lb of maftoul
  • 3 heads of onions diced + 1 small onion
  • 1 cup of chickpeas
  • 2 cups of tomato juice
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 1 cup of olive oil
  • Half a cup of corn oil
  • 3 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 and a half tablespoons of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of ground caraway
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of mixed all spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cumin


  • For the chicken preparation
  • Season the boiled chicken with (olive oil, caraway, salt, black pepper, mixed spice
  • Put it in the oven until it turns red
  • For the Maftoul Preparation
  • Mix the maftoul with each of (olive oil, a teaspoon of salt, a small onion cut into cubes, mixed spice, caraway, black pepper
  • Boil it over the steam by placing it in a colander over a pot on the fire with water and cover it until it is cooked for about 20 minutes
  • Prepare the sauce:
  • Heat the corn oil in a saucepan, add the onion and sauté until it wilts
  • Add the tomato juice and stir a little until it changes color
  • Add the chicken broth, chickpeas, tomato molasses and stir
  • Finally, add the following spices (1 tablespoon of salt, caraway, mixed spice, cumin, black pepper, to taste
  • Cook the sauce on the heat until boiling for about 20 to 25 minutes
  • Put the cooked maftool in a serving dish and put the chicken on top, then decorate it with chopped parsley y and serve the sauce in another dish next to it
  • Enjoy your dish!


Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 7g | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g
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