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These early mentions show that couscous spread rapidly, but generally that couscous was common from Tripolitania to the west, while from Cyrenaica to the east the main cuisine was Egyptian, with couscous as an occasional dish.
Today, in Egypt and the Middle East, couscous is known, but in Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Libya couscous is a staple.
This labor-intensive process continues until all the semolina has been formed into tiny granules of couscous.
In the traditional method of preparing couscous, groups of women came together to make large batches over several days, which were then dried in the sun and used for several months.
The couscous is usually steamed several times until it is very fluffy and pale in color.
It is then sprinkled with almonds, cinnamon and sugar.
It is also possible to use a pot with a steamer insert.
In Algeria and Morocco it is also served, sometimes at the end of a meal or just by itself, as a delicacy called "sfouff".It is also common in Western Africa whence it has spread into Central Africa. Couscous reached Turkey from Syria to in the 16th century and is eaten in most of the Turkish southern provinces.In Rome Bartolomeo Scappi's culinary guide of 1570 describes a Moorish dish, succussu.This quotation contains what may be the earliest mention of couscous (kuskusu) in West Africa. Evidence is mounting that the process of couscous cookery, especially steaming grain over a broth in a special pot, might have originated before the tenth century in the area of West Africa where the medieval Sudanic kingdom thrived, today encompassing parts of the contemporary nations of Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Ghana, and Burkina Faso.Even today in the region of Youkounkoun of Guinea and Senegal, a millet couscous with meat or peanut sauce is made, as well as a rice couscous.