Mesmerizing Msabbaha: A Chickpea Soup Sensation


Experience the rich flavors of the Middle East with Mesmerizing Msabbaha, a heartwarming chickpea soup that's as nutritious as it is delicious. This dish showcases tender chickpeas swimming in a flavorful broth, elevated by the vibrant taste of fresh cilantro and a medley of aromatic spices. Msabbaha is more than just a soup; it's a comforting hug in a bowl, perfect for any meal of the day.

Mesmerizing Msabbaha: A Chickpea Soup Sensation

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4 people
  • Serving Size: 1 bowl

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 250 kcal
  • Protein: 12 g
  • Carbohydrates: 38 g
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Sodium: 400 mg
  • Fiber: 10 g


  • Dried chickpeas, soaked overnight: 250 grams (8.8 ounces / 0.55 pounds)
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped: 30 grams (1 ounce / 0.066 pounds)
  • Onion, finely chopped: 100 grams (3.5 ounces / 0.22 pounds)
  • Garlic cloves, minced: 15 grams (0.5 ounce / 0.033 pounds)
  • Olive oil: 30 ml (1 ounce / 0.066 pounds)
  • Ground cumin: 5 grams (0.18 ounces / 0.01 pounds)
  • Paprika: 5 grams (0.18 ounces / 0.01 pounds)
  • Lemon juice: 30 ml (1 ounce / 0.066 pounds)
  • Vegetable broth: 1 liter (35 ounces / 2.2 pounds)
  • Salt and pepper: to taste

Detailed Method of Preparation

  • Chickpea Preparation: Drain and rinse soaked chickpeas. Cook in boiling water until tender.
  • Sauteeing Aromatics: In a pot, heat olive oil. Add onions and garlic, sautéing until translucent.
  • Combining Ingredients: Add cooked chickpeas, vegetable broth, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil and then simmer.
  • Finishing Touches: Before serving, stir in fresh cilantro and lemon juice.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Soak chickpeas overnight to ensure they are fully hydrated and cook evenly.
  • Adjust the seasoning according to your preference for a more personalized flavor profile.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use canned chickpeas instead of dried?

Yes, canned chickpeas are a convenient alternative, though dried chickpeas offer a better texture.

How can I make Msabbaha more spicy?

Add chili flakes or a bit of cayenne pepper for an extra kick.

Is Msabbaha gluten-free?

Yes, this recipe is naturally gluten-free.