With a brilliant blue sky and deep Prussian blue sea dotted with exotic landscapes, Mediterranean region is as vibrant as its cuisine which has evolved through ages and has been greatly influenced by the Arabs who introduced many things here from spices to fruits and nuts. Morocco sitting atop in one corner of west North Africa, offers perhaps the most exotic cuisine of the region.
When it comes to Morocco, the exotic lamb tagine with dried figs comes first in the mind, but other dishes are slowly crossing the vast Mediterranean sea to get noticed in the world outside the region, couscous is being one of them. Because of its ease of preparation and its power to absorb range of flavors, it becomes one of the most popular and most loved Moroccan dish.
Couscous is much like pasta processed from semolina and coated with wheat flour is a staple in many North African countries including Algeria and Tunisia and in other parts of the Mediterranean region it slowly acquiring the traditional status. Couscous is generally cooked with some vegetables and meats in a mild flavored stews or broths and with a slight variation of spices, it can easily be adapted to suit the Indian palate.
As you hop across the countries of Mediterranean region, the couscous changed its flavors many times, sometimes got spicier with harissa as in Tunisia and sometimes it is also served as dessert topped with cream as in Egypt and this sweet version of couscous takes a new avatar in Morocco and Algeria, where this delicacy is also known as “seffa” and is a traditional Moroccan Hanukkah dish.
On a festive morning, start your day with this healthy and nutritious sweet delicacy or enjoy it after meals as a dessert, this sweet couscous is bound to surprise you and you will loved every bit of it.
Recipe: Moroccan sweet couscous
Summary: Moroccan sweet couscous or “seffa ” with apricots, dates and nut mix
- Instant couscous : 100 gm
- Combined Pistachio nuts, blanched almonds and pine nuts (toasted and chopped) : 1 cup
- Dried apricots (cut into slivers) : 1/2 cup
- Dried dates (pitted and cut into slivers): 1/2 cup
- Sugar : 2-3 tbsp
- Boiling water : 1 cup
- Butter (softened) : 1 tbsp
- Cinnamon powder : 1/2 tsp
- Hot milk to serve
- Toss and combine together the pistachios, almonds, pine nuts, apricots and dates.
- Put the couscous and sugar in a large bowl and cover with the boiling water.
- Stir well and then add the butter and pinch of salt.
- Stir until the butter melts.
- Cover with a tea towel and set aside for 10 minutes.
- Fluff with a fork and then toss half the fruit and nut mixture through.
- To serve, pile the warm couscous in the center of the platter.
- Arrange the remaining nut and fruit mixture around the base.
- Combine separately the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl and sprinkle over the couscous.
- Serve the sweet couscous along with warm jug of milk to go with it.
Preparation time: 10+10 (standing)
Cooking time: 5 minute(s)
Diet tags: Gluten free
Number of servings (yield): 2
Culinary tradition: African
Enjoy this sweet delicious couscous with a helping of warm milk and you can sprinkle some extra cinnamon sugar to make it more sweeter, if you wish to.
Stay healthy and keep reading…