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Sep 16, 2007 12:36 PM

Lebanese Couscous

I bought a package labeled "Lebanese Couscous" at an international food store having never seen or heard of it before. Once I got it home I realized there were no cooking instructions and I have not been able to find any recipes - even when googling "Lebanese couscous."

Can any of you help? This is couscous a little more than 1/4 inch in diameter and does not seem suited to the recipes and preparation of the smaller sized couscous I am accustomed to.

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  1. I have never cooked Lebanese couscous at home, but Ive eaten it in middle eastern restaurants. I would use it the same way as typical couscous.

      1. I use this type of couscous (also known as Israeli) in much the same way as orzo. My husband also likes it when I use it for a type of paella I make. It can be very good in soups (think barley) and casseroles with more finely chopped ingredients.

        1. I haven't tried this myself, but I have heard and read that it's good to cook this type of couscous risotto-style, ladling in hot broth/water and stirring until absorbed. I also found this recipe: Good luck!

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          1. re: jkl1231

            The "." at the end of your link messed it up.
            Here's the fix:
            OK, now to my own point. I have been trying to find a local commercial source for Lebanese (Israeli) Couscous for a very long time. They are not the same, of course, inasmuch as Israeli Couscous is somewhat smaller than the Lebanese variety, but larger is what I want so either would do nicely. Hey, Sardinian couscous would even be better than that fine grained stuff I find on all the super market shelves in my area. When I ask for it, even at International food outlets, health food stores and the like, I get a blank stare and an offer to substitute the African (Moroccan) variety - it's frustrating.
            I have found Internet resources but it gets expensive after you factor in shipping and handling charges. Does anyone know of a common chain (Safeway, Raleys, Costco, ???) where I might find the larger couscous varieties?

          2. There's a similar type known as Sardinian couscous. It's about the same size as peas.

            It has a nice chewy texture. The recipe on the box was for couscous, tomatoes, and clams, probably translated by someone not entirely fluent in English. Sounded tasty though.

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            1. re: Louise

              I've made a similar recipe to that one and it was delicious.

              Try this recipe from one of my favourite books (COTMers will know that I keep banging on about it in a most tedious fashion).