Sabarot Couscous Pearls
Great for diabetics
With a pleasant nutty flavor, couscous pearls are a great alternative to rice. It’s delicious and easy to prepare, as well as being a healthy food.
TASTING NOTES FROM THE CURATOR
Contrary to its name, couscous pearls are not couscous. They’re actually something halfway between couscous and pasta.
Also called, “Israeli couscous,” or, in Israel, “ptitim,” it has a slightly chewy texture, and a pleasant nutty flavor.
PREPARATION AND PAIRINGS
To prepare couscous pearls, simply simmer the grains in a pot with salted water or vegetable broth (1¼ cup liquid to 1 cup couscous pearls) for about 10 minutes.
Once prepared, you can put it in salads, side dishes, stews, and soups. Israeli children also love to eat it either plain, or with fried onion and tomato paste.
Couscous pearls are also a great alternative to rice in paella, pilaf, or risotto, like this one:
- • In a large skillet, heat up some chopped onions, allowing them to cook until softened, stirring occasionally.
- • Add in your couscous pearls and toast the grains, stirring continuously, until slightly browned.
- • Once the couscous pearls are lightly toasted, add in some vegetable broth, and bring it to a simmer. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally, before adding more vegetable broth. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 more minutes.
- • Add in dry white wine, and stir to combine. Keep stirring, letting everything cook for about 3-5 minutes more.
- • Add in fresh spinach, lowering the heat to medium-low. Once the spinach has wilted, turn off the heat and stir in Parmesan cheese. season with salt and pepper to taste.
- • Once the cheese has melted, serve immediately.
A HEALTHY ALTERNATIVE
Couscous pearls, or “Israeli couscous” or “ptitim” was created in 1953 during Israel’s austerity period as a wheat-based substitute for rice. Commissioned by the country’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, it was also sometimes called, “Ben-Gurion rice.”
Couscous pearls are a high-fiber food, great for aiding in weight loss. It also has a low glycemic index, making it a great food for diabetics. It’s also a wonderful source or iron and protein.
Store your uncooked couscous pearls in a tightly closed container in the pantry. If moisture is kept out, the maximum storage time for good flavor is 1 year.