Maftoul, or pearl couscous is a traditional Palestinian grain made by spreading bulgar wheat on a tray, sprinkling with water, dusting with whole wheat flour, and then hand-rolling into pearls.
Distinctly nutty in flavour, it makes a delicious side, or as a base for a Middle Eastern salad. To prepare, rinse a cup of couscous in cold water, then toast gently in some olive oil before adding 1½ cups of boiling water. Season, bring back to the boil, turn the heat down to low and cover. Cook for about 14 minutes, or until tender. Remove from the heat and fluff with a fork. Adjust seasoning, before adding some fresh parsley and lemon zest and tossing.