Maftoul, referred to as Palestinian couscous, is a staple food in Palestine. Most often cooked and served in holidays and occasions. When Moroccan people come to Palestine, they brought the recipe with them. Its Moroccan name is Couscous. Even though it treated as a special kind of Couscous, however, its made from distinct ingredients and has a distinct look.
Described as a heartwarming food, it is made from wheat that is boiled, sun-dried then cracked. It is then hand rolled in freshly ground organic whole wheat flour, after which it is steamed and sundried.
Origin of Maftoul
It comes from an Arabic root word “fa-ta-la” which means to twist or to roll. That is exactly defining the technique to make this Palestinian recipe by hand rolling wheat with flour. This delicious recipe is available widely on the web at affordable prices comparing to the trouble and time required for making them.
How to make Maftoul?
You can prepare using the already prepared maftoul, or you can develop yours from scratch. To prepare, you need; one and a half cups bulgur, 2 cups white flour, 4 cups wheat flour and two teaspoons of salt. This food is similar to the couscous except that the grains are larger and rounder. Described as a hearty and satisfying food, the dish stands to be respected by the natives of Palestine and surrounding nations due to its soul-warming nature. It heats the body from inside out.
To cook the food you do not necessarily need to use a special type of equipment. An easier method, similar to cooking rice can be used. To give flavor to your dish, it is necessary to add some good amount of onions and fry using ghee. To improve the flavor, you can add some more different types of spices. As a common practice chickpeas are usually added to the maftoul to make it tastier.
This delicious dish is usually served with flavorful broth which is usually spooned on top. During the process of preparation, you can use water, beef, lamb or chicken stock. When you use chicken stock, it is imperative that the use the chick broth to spoon on top. If it is beef or lamb, the same applies.
You can serve with the boiled or roasted lamb, beef or chicken. An alternative vegetarian maftoul can be served with tomato broth containing any vegetables you like.