Palestinian Couscous with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto


What happens when you combine the cuisines of two rich Mediterranean culinary traditions? Nothing less than a fusion food delicacy. These are the types of dishes that I enjoy making for they journey me through time and space in a way that even travel can’t compete with. This soul-warming maftoul, also known as Palestinian couscous or hand-rolled whole wheat pasta is combined with a delicious Sicilian-style sun-dried tomato pesto and toasted pine nuts to provide you with a most essential winter comfort food. Just when you thought that Mediterranean cuisine couldn’t get any better…

You can find maftoul in your local Middle-Eastern market. The versatility of this grain will make it a new favorite. It cooks just like rice or pasta, and is always ready in about 10 minutes. Need I say more?




2 cups (310 gr.) maftoul (Palestinian couscous), rinsed
1 packed cup (25 gr.) fresh basil
1 packed cup (25 gr.) fresh parsley
3 garlic cloves
8 sun-dried tomatoes (25 gr.), chopped
1/2 cup (120 ml.) olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup (25 gr.) pine nuts, toasted
grated parmesan, for garnish, optional


1. Blitz the basil, parsley, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil, lemon juice, and pine nuts in a blender or food processor until smooth. Add salt if needed. Set aside.

2. Simmer the maftoul in a pot of 4 1/3 cups (1020 ml) boiling water seasoned with 1 teaspoon of salt for ten minutes while stirring occasionally. It should be al-dente, cooked but still firm while retaining its shape.

3. Stir the pesto mixture into the hot maftoul until well combined. Spoon into a serving bowl and garnish with toasted pine nuts, olive oil, parmesan, and parsley. Serve as a side dish or as a meal. Sahtain and Buon Appetito!


6 Comments Add yours

  1. Amel says:

    This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hanady says:

      Hi Amel! Thank you for your feedback! Hope you will give it a try! Great page by the way. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Amel says:

        Thank you so much!


  2. This food fusion sounds and looks absolutely mouth-watering! We can’t wait to try it. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hanady says:

      Ah, and if only the photos could do all of the amazing flavors justice… So excited to hear that you will be making this! I would love to know how you like it! 🙂
      – Hanady

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