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Homemade Sabich Sandwich

Picture this: crisp slices of golden eggplant, the robustness of hard-boiled eggs, the freshness of Israeli salad, all embraced by the warmth of a soft pita. A canvas of taste, enriched with velvety tahini and enlivened by the tangy dance of amba. This sandwich is not just a meal; it’s a celebration of the vibrant Israeli culinary tapestry.

Homemade Sabich Sandwich



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  • For the Sandwich:
  • 4 pita bread or flatbreads

  • 1 large eggplant, thinly sliced

  • 4 large eggs, hard-boiled and sliced

  • 1 cup Israeli salad (diced cucumbers, tomatoes, and red onions)

  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped

  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

  • Olive oil, for frying

  • For the Tahini Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup tahini

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • Salt, to taste

  • Water, as needed to thin the sauce

  • For the Amba (Mango Pickle):
  • 1 ripe mango, peeled and diced

  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

  • Salt, to taste


  • Fry the Eggplant:
  • Sprinkle salt over eggplant slices, let sit for 15 minutes, then rinse and pat dry.
  • Fry slices in olive oil until golden brown. Set aside on a paper towel.
  • Prepare the Tahini Sauce:
  • Whisk together tahini, lemon juice, minced garlic, and a pinch of salt.
  • Gradually add water until the sauce reaches a drizzleable consistency. Set aside.
  • Make the Amba (Mango Pickle):
  • Mix diced mango with ground mustard, turmeric, cumin, chili powder, and salt.
  • Assemble the Sabich Sandwich:
  • Warm the pita bread.
  • Spread tahini sauce on each bread.
  • Layer with eggplant slices, hard-boiled eggs, Israeli salad, parsley, and amba.
  • Season and Serve:
  • Sprinkle salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Fold the sandwich and secure with a toothpick if needed.
  • Serve immediately.

Tips for Perfect Results:

  1. Eggplant Crispiness: Ensure the eggplant slices are adequately drained after salting. Pat them dry to reduce excess moisture before frying. This step contributes to achieving that perfect crispiness.
  2. Amba Adjustments: Play with the spices in the amba to suit your taste. If you prefer it spicier, increase the chili powder or add a dash of hot sauce.
  3. Tahini Consistency: Gradually add water to the tahini sauce and whisk thoroughly to avoid clumps. Adjust the water quantity to achieve the desired creamy and drizzleable consistency.
  4. Pita Warming: Warm the pita bread before assembling the sandwich. This enhances its pliability and makes it more enjoyable.
  5. Balancing Flavors: Taste as you go. Adjust the seasoning of each component to ensure a harmonious balance of flavors – the savory eggplant, the creamy tahini, the tangy amba, and the freshness of the Israeli salad.

Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories400
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 15g 24%
    • Saturated Fat 3g 15%
  • Sodium 600mg 25%
  • Potassium 400mg 12%
  • Total Carbohydrate 40g 14%
    • Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
    • Sugars 4g
  • Protein 12g 24%

  • Vitamin A 600%
  • Vitamin C 20%
  • Calcium 120%
  • Iron 3%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Alterations and Modifications for Homemade Sabich Sandwich:

  1. Vegan Sabich:
    • Alteration: Omit the hard-boiled eggs or replace them with your preferred vegan egg alternative.
    • How to Achieve It: Consider using tofu scramble or chickpea flour omelet as a vegan alternative to eggs.
  2. Gluten-Free Sabich:
    • Alteration: Substitute regular pita bread with gluten-free pita or flatbreads.
    • How to Achieve It: Explore gluten-free bread options available in your local grocery store.
  3. Spicy Sabich:
    • Modification: Intensify the heat in your amba or add hot sauce to the tahini.
    • How to Achieve It: Increase the amount of chili powder in the amba or add a few drops of your favorite hot sauce to the tahini sauce.
  4. Grilled Eggplant Option:
    • Modification: Instead of frying, grill the eggplant for a smokier flavor.
    • How to Achieve It: Brush the eggplant slices with olive oil and grill until they have grill marks and are tender.

Storage and Freezing Instructions for Homemade Sabich Sandwich:

  • Storage:
    • Keep leftover components (fried eggplant, Israeli salad, tahini sauce, and amba) separately in airtight containers.
    • Hard-boiled eggs can be stored peeled or unpeeled in the refrigerator. If unpeeled, peel just before use to maintain freshness.
    • Store pita bread separately to prevent it from becoming soggy.
    • Components can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.
  • Freezing:
    • It’s not recommended to freeze fully assembled Sabich sandwiches as the texture may change upon thawing.
    • The fried eggplant can be frozen separately. Allow it to cool, place it in a single layer in a freezer-safe bag, and freeze for up to 2 months.
    • Tahini sauce and amba may separate upon freezing, so whisk or stir well after thawing.
    • Hard-boiled eggs don’t freeze well; their texture can become rubbery.
  • Reheating:
    • Reheat the fried eggplant in a toaster oven or oven for a few minutes to restore crispiness.
    • Assemble the sandwich just before serving to maintain the freshness of the components.

These instructions ensure that each component maintains its best quality, providing a delicious Sabich experience even when prepared in advance.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Can I prepare the components in advance?

Yes, absolutely! The tahini sauce, amba, and hard-boiled eggs can be prepared ahead and stored in the refrigerator. Ensure the eggplant is freshly fried or reheated for optimal crispiness.

Can I make a larger batch for a party?

Certainly! Multiply the ingredients according to the number of servings needed. Keep the components separate until just before serving to maintain the sandwich’s integrity.

How can I reduce the overall preparation time?

Prepare the components simultaneously – while the eggplant fries, boil the eggs, and prepare the sauces. This can significantly cut down the overall preparation time.

Can I customize the Israeli salad?

Absolutely! Add diced bell peppers, olives, or red cabbage to the Israeli salad for additional crunch and flavor.

Are there healthier alternatives to pita bread?

Yes, consider using whole grain or multigrain pita bread for added nutritional benefits.

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