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For those days of cold, nothing is more comforting than a plate of hot Berkoukes. Berkoukes is a simple and earthy traditional North African dish that's packed full of flavors. Traditionally, Berkoukes grains are made from durum wheat semolina, rolled by hand in a large dish similarly to how couscous is prepared, but thankfully we can easily find them in supermarkets nowadays and enjoy this deliciously vibrant soup. Berkoukes is then prepared into several dishes using the freshest seasonal ingredients. Preparation for berkoukes is very versatile and changes from region to region across North Africa.
Berkoukes also known as Berkoukech, El Merdoud, Avazine, Aïche, Mhamsa in Morocco and Tunisia, or in the Middle East under the name Moughrabiya, Moghrabieh or Maftoul.
I have 3 other Berkoukes recipe up on my blog if you'd like to take a look:
For this recipe, I usually use artisan handrolled berkoukes, but for the purpose of making my YouTube video I opted to use commerical 'petit plombs' as this is more widely avalible worldwide.
• If you don't have berkoukes where you live, you can easily substitute with giant couscous, pearl couscous, or little soup pasta known as peppercorns, pearl couscous, petit plombs, pastina or acini di pepe. • If the berkoukes is not served straightaway, the couscous grains will keep absorbing the liquid and the dish will loose a significant amount of its the liquid. For this reason, I recommend adding the more water, if you are making this dish ahead.
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Video recipe for Berkoukes with Chicken below