How to Make the Perfect Halabessa at Home 

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Some people call it hummus soup, we here at Alf Hana refer to it by its rightful name which is Halabessa. This dish is a must-have during winter; however, you can, and should, have it all year round. In this article, we will take you through a step-by-step guide on how to make the Egyptian classic in the comfort of your own home without having to rely on anyone else. Oh, and if you’re unsure whether this is a healthy dish or not, let us tell you it definitely is because it’s very much high in fibers. You’re welcome, vegans.

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  • 1 cup of dry chickpeas 
  • 1 medium quartered tomato
  • 1 medium quartered onion 
  • 2 tbsp of tomato paste 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 2 garlic cloves 


  • Start by washing the chickpeas and let them soak in water overnight for more than 6 hours, then put it to boil and cover it with water over high heat. After it boils, turn it into medium heat and stir the foam it produces and then add the onions, tomatoes, garlic, paste and salt.
  • Last but not least, keep it boiling for an hour until it’s done. 
  • Voila! Your Halabessa is fully ready. You can serve it with lime on the side (or cumin and chili powder if you’re feeling adventurous). Alf hana, everyone!