Semolina

 Semolina Key facts Durum wheat is the basis for couscous and bulgur wheat, as well as pasta. Semolina can also be made from rice or maize, known as grits in the USA.

This word comes from the Italian, meaning semi-milled, and it's not ground to fine flour. Semolina is what is used for traditionally made pasta – milled from hard wheat grain to a texture specified by the pasta maker, so that the finished product will be rough-textured to enable the sauce to cling sufficiently.

Semolina, from softer wheat, has also played a part in British cuisine, where it has been used in puddings and cakes, and durum semolina gives a lovely texture to shortbread but is now, sadly, not widely available.

 
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