Maftoul is a Palestinian food made of
wholewheat bulgur and flour and can be
used in any dish that requires couscous,
or to substitute rice or bulgur. Traditionally
made by women's cooperatives in
Palestine, this is slow food in its original
form. The process starts with bulgur
wheat being spread on a tray, misted with
water, then sprinkled with wholewheat
flour and hand rolled into tiny pearls
or beads called maftoul. This is then
steamed in a colander over boiling water
then sun dried before being packaged
to share with people across the world.
In the home maftoul is usually prepared
with chicken stock, tomato sauce and
chickpeas. It is a favourite Palestinian
winter meal to accompany a stew, or as
part of a summer salad with fresh herbs
and dried fruits. It goes well as a side dish
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to tagines or even roast chicken. Available
from the website Canaan Palestine or from
chef Yottam Ottolenghi's online shop.