Ultimate Sabich Sandwich


Dive into the flavors of the Middle East with the Ultimate Sabich Sandwich. This traditional Israeli sandwich is a delicious medley of fried eggplant, hard-boiled eggs, fresh vegetables, and creamy tahini, all wrapped in a fluffy pita. Perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Sabich offers a satisfying blend of textures and tastes that will leave you craving more.

Ultimate Sabich Sandwich

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 sandwich

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 450 kcal
  • Protein: 12 g
  • Carbohydrates: 50 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 10 g
  • Sugars: 5 g
  • Fat: 22 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 190 mg
  • Sodium: 600 mg


  • 1 large eggplant (about 300 grams / 10.5 ounces), sliced into 1/2-inch rounds
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, for frying
  • 4 pita breads
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 cup pickled cucumbers, sliced
  • 1/2 cup tahini sauce
  • 1/4 cup amba (mango pickle sauce)
  • Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Method of Preparation

  1. Sprinkle the eggplant slices with salt and let them sit for 10 minutes to draw out moisture.
  2. Pat the slices dry with a paper towel.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry the eggplant slices until golden brown and tender, about 5-7 minutes per side. Remove and drain on paper towels.
  4. Dice the tomatoes and cucumber.
  5. Finely chop the red onion.
  6. Shred the lettuce.
  7. Boil the eggs for about 10 minutes, then cool them in ice water.
  8. Peel and slice the eggs.
  9. Warm the pita breads in a dry skillet or the oven.
  10. Slice each pita open to form a pocket.
  11. Spread a generous amount of tahini sauce inside each pita.
  12. Layer with fried eggplant slices, hard-boiled egg slices, diced tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, shredded lettuce, and pickled cucumbers.
  13. Drizzle with more tahini sauce and amba sauce.
  14. Garnish with chopped parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  15. Serve the Sabich sandwiches immediately while the eggplant is still warm.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Eggplant: Make sure to salt and pat dry the eggplant slices before frying to reduce bitterness and improve texture.
  • Pita: Use fresh, fluffy pita bread for the best results. Slightly warming the pita makes it easier to open and fill.
  • Customization: Feel free to add other vegetables like bell peppers or radishes for extra crunch and flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I bake the eggplant instead of frying it?
  • Yes, you can bake the eggplant slices at 200°C (400°F) for about 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway through, for a healthier option.
What can I use instead of amba sauce?
  • If you can’t find amba sauce, you can use a bit of mango chutney or simply skip it and add more tahini sauce.
How do I store leftovers?
  • Store the components separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Assemble the sandwich just before serving.
Is Sabich vegan?
  • Traditional Sabich contains eggs, but you can make it vegan by substituting with tofu scramble or chickpea patties.

Treat yourself to the Ultimate Sabich Sandwich, a delightful combination of flavors and textures that brings a taste of the Middle East to your kitchen. Whether you're new to Sabich or a longtime fan, this recipe is sure to become a favorite in your culinary repertoire.