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Is Cous Cous ok for Passover?

harryharry Mar 27, 2010 03:13 PM

I think I read somewhere that couscous shouldn't be served at passover... I'm thinking (but not committed to) making a Moroccan spiced brisket for Passover - if not, what can I serve with it?

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    ferret RE: harryharry Mar 27, 2010 03:28 PM

    You read correctly, couscous is a pasta and should not be used. Try quinoa.

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    1. re: ferret
      goodhealthgourmet RE: ferret Mar 27, 2010 04:17 PM


      rice is also an option for Sephardim.

      1. re: goodhealthgourmet
        havdalahclub RE: goodhealthgourmet Mar 28, 2010 04:10 AM

        Try quinoa (I believe that the Ancient Harvest brand is ok for Passover).

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          vallevin RE: havdalahclub Mar 28, 2010 06:06 AM

          Per Star-K Ancient Harvest is OK but you should still sift through it to check of any extraneous items (i.e. stones or chometz)

      2. re: ferret
        sja RE: ferret Mar 28, 2010 11:09 AM

        The real Cous Cous is not Pasta but Semalina flour which is cooked and then served with a broth over cooke vegetables, which would make it not acceptable for Pesach,

        There is a Pasta called Cous Cous which is small round or barrel shaped cut pasta and that too is a no no for Pesach

        Chak Kasher Ve Sameach

        1. re: sja
          ferret RE: sja Mar 28, 2010 01:55 PM


          Semolina flour, formed into little shapes, cooked in water. Nope, nothing like pasta.

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            zsero RE: ferret Mar 28, 2010 04:50 PM

            I think the idea is that real cous cous is *not* formed into little shapes, it's just plain semolina flour, steamed. I don't think that's correct, but I think that's what ferret meant.

            1. re: zsero
              sja RE: zsero Mar 29, 2010 03:23 AM

              Real Cous Cous is as I said above steamed semolina served over vegetables

              The "pasta cous cous" is just a marketing name for the small round shaped beads of pasta which have a slight resemblace because of shape.

              As to the original question , both are not acceptable for Pesach

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