Msabbaha (Musabaha)

If you love hummus, you must try this delicious Middle Eastern favorite: Msabbaha. Msabbaha shares the same ingredients with hummus, but the outcome of this recipe is completely different. The biggest difference? Texture. While the perfect hummus is silky smooth, msabahha is less sophisticated and chunkier than its cousin. The chickpeas are mashed rather than blended into a puree, but you can decide how chunky you want yours to be. Some even opt to keep the chickpeas whole. We hope you try making this dish as a side or appetizer for your next middle eastern inspired meal!

Msabahha (Musabaha)

Dig in and savor the creamy, nutty goodness of Msabbaha. The combination of chickpeas, tahini, and aromatic spices creates a delightful harmony of flavors that's both comforting and satisfying. This recipe offers a delightful twist on traditional hummus and is sure to become a favorite dip for your gatherings or as a tasty snack any day of the week. Enjoy your homemade Msabbaha!
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Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 2 people


For the Chickpeas:

  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas canned or boiled until tender
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper adjust to your spice preference

For the Tahini Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup tahini sesame paste
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • Salt to taste

For Garnish:

  • Fresh parsley or cilantro chopped
  • Extra olive oil
  • Paprika and cayenne pepper for a sprinkle of color and spice


Prepare the Chickpea Mixture:

  • Using a fork, mash cooked chickpeas until the texture is to your liking. Add minced garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, cumin powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper. You can adjust the texture by adding a little more olive oil or water if needed.

Prepare the Tahini Sauce:

  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, minced garlic, and salt.
  • Gradually add 2 tablespoons of water while whisking to achieve a creamy consistency. Adjust the water amount to your desired thickness.

Combine the Chickpea Mixture and Tahini Sauce:

  • Transfer the chickpea mixture into a serving bowl.
  • Drizzle the tahini sauce over the chickpea mixture.

Garnish and Serve:

  • Garnish the Msabbaha with chopped fresh parsley or cilantro.
  • Drizzle a bit of extra olive oil over the top and sprinkle with paprika and cayenne pepper for added color and flavor.


  • Serve your Msabbaha as a delicious dip or spread. It's great with warm pita bread, fresh vegetables, or as a side dish for your Middle Eastern-inspired meal.
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