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A Sabich sandwich is warm pita filled with smooth hummus, spicy eggplant, crunchy Israeli salad, and hardboiled egg. It’s topped with a creamy tahini sauce and is great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Overhead shot of sabich sandwiches on tray.

If you know me, you know I love a good sandwich. I love everything from the viral Grinder Sandwich to more classics like Grilled Veggie Sandwiches and Jerk Chicken Sandwiches.

Ingredients for Sabich

Ingredients for a sabich sandwich.
  • Boiled Egg – This is a staple in this sandwich. I like to make 10-minute boiled eggs; not too soft but also with zero black ring around the egg yolk.
  • Pita Bread – I like to use soft, delicious pita bread.
  • Hummus – You can use store-bought or make your own hummus..
  • Tahini – This gives the sandwich delicious moisture!
  • Israeli Salad – A fresh salad made from diced cucumber, tomato and Italian parsley.
  • Roasted eggplant – I love when eggplant is cooked until softened and slightly caramelized.
  • Tomato – You know I love a good tomato sandwich. But the tomato in this sandwich is applied to the Israeli Salad.
Israeli salad in bowl.

What is Sabich?

Sabich is an Iraqi-Israeli sandwich that consists of pan-fried eggplant, hard boiled egg, hummus…all eaten in a pita. It’s typically eaten for breakfast (hence the iced coffee pictured) and it is SO good. It’s totally acceptable to eat this breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Sautéed eggplant in bowl.

How to Make a Sabich:

  1. Make the eggplant. Pan fry your chopped eggplant until it’s caramelized then add harissa and water to make sure your eggplant stays nice and creamy and doesn’t dry out.
  2. Make the tahini sauce. just mix everything together and set aside. Super easy!
  3. Make the Israeli salad. Just chop all the vegetables and toss it together.
  4. Assemble! Spread a little hummus on a pita then top with the eggplant, hardboiled egg, salad and finish with the tahini sauce.
Hummus smothered on pita.

Tips and Tricks

There are a few different fillings you could use but these are the core ones I love:

  • Prep all of the components separately for easy assembly. You keep them in the fridge for easy assembly.
Sabich sandwiches on a tray.

recipe faqs

What is sabich in Israel

It can be pronounced as sabich or sabih. And it’s a sandwich made from pita or laffa bread and stuffed with fried eggplant, hard boiled eggs, an Israeli salad and tahini sauce.

What is the origin of the eggplant sandwich?

A lot of cultures add eggplant to their sandwiches. Everything from Italian Americans, Israelis to Italians, eggplant is a loved nightshade.

Is eggplant Chinese or Japanese?

Reports say that the eggplant is from Asia; more specifically, India.

Sabich sandwiches on a tray with iced coffees.

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Sabich Recipe

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 5
My sabich is warm pita filled with creamy hummus, spicy eggplant, crunchy Israeli salad, and hardboiled egg. It's topped with a creamy tahini sauce and is great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Ingredients 

Eggplant: 

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 1/2 Italian eggplant, diced
  • 1 tablespoon harissa, or more or less depending on your spice level 
  • Pinch of kosher salt

Tahini Sauce: 

  • 1/2 cup tahini, whisked 
  • 2 small garlic cloves, minced or pushed through a garlic press
  • Juice from 1 lemon 
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Israeli Salad: 

  • 2 small Persian cucumbers
  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, diced Or 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • 2 tablespoons minced Italian parsley
  • 1 teaspoon minced mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Salt

Other Accessories + Sabich Assembly: 

  • Hummus, store-bought or homemade 
  • 4 pita , halved
  • 2 boiled eggs, sliced and cut in half

Instructions 

To Make the Eggplant: 

  • In a small sauté pan, set over medium heat, add the olive oil. When hot, add the diced eggplant and pan-fry for about 2 to 3 minutes, until there’s color on all sides. Pour in the harissa paste and add about two tablespoons of water (this create more of a sauce). Toss the eggplant until it’s evenly coated in the harissa and add a few pinches of salt. Turn the heat down to low and cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes. 

To Make the Tahini Sauce: 

  • Whisk together the tahini, garlic, lemon juice, water and salt. It might give you a bit of trouble at first but keep whisking, it’ll eventually smooth out. Add an additional teaspoon or two of water, if you want it to be a tad bit thinner. Give it a taste and adjust the salt to your liking. 

To Make the Israeli Salad:

  • In a medium bowl, add all of the ingredients and mix. 

To Assemble the Sabich: 

  • Take one half of a pita and add a few teaspoons or hummus. Smooth it out to the sides and then add spoonful of diced eggplant, two pieces of egg, tahini sauce and Israeli salad.

Notes

Tips and Tricks:
Prep all of the components separately for easy assembly. You keep them in the fridge for easy assembly.
Equipment:
Chef’s Knife | Cutting Board | Stainless Steel Bowls | Kitchen Towels

Nutrition

Serving: 2g | Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 312mg | Potassium: 250mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 372IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Iraqi, israeli
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7 Comments

  1. So bc of you I tried ozery bakery morning rounds and now I have to buy them at Costco bc I eat them every single day. Thank you I guess lol. But really I love them so much.

  2. I love sabiches! I’m always on the lookout for good freezable bread too. I’ll keep an eye out!

  3. Oh I love this!! I love finding new interesting things to try from different cuisines, thanks for sharing Adrianna