What is giant couscous or mhamsa?
Mhamsa, also known as "semolina couscous," is a type of grain that is commonly eaten in North Africa, particularly in Tunisia and Algeria. It is made from durum wheat semolina that has been hand-rolled and then lightly rubbed with olive oil and water, giving it a slightly coarse texture.
Mhamsa is often used in traditional North African dishes, such as couscous or tajine, and can be served with a variety of vegetables, meats, and sauces. It can also be used in salads or as a side dish, and is known for its versatility and ability to absorb flavours.
In addition to its culinary uses, mhamsa has also been used in traditional medicine in North Africa, and is believed to have various health benefits. It is a good source of protein, fibre, and carbohydrates, and is also rich in vitamins and minerals, such as iron and magnesium.