|Course||Breakfast (among Iraqi Jews) and Street food (entire country), Sandwich|
|Place of origin||Israel|
|Main ingredients||Traditionally laffa, although Israeli pita is often used, eggplant, hard boiled eggs, Israeli salad, amba, parsley, tahini sauce, and hummus|
|Ingredients generally used||Potato, onion, and zhug|
Sabich or sabih (Hebrew: סביח [saˈbiχ]) is an Israeli sandwich based on a traditional Iraqi Jewish dish. The ingredients of sabich constitute the traditional breakfast of Iraqi Jews on Shabbat morning. Sabich differs from this meal in that all the ingredients are put into a pita as opposed to the tradtional meal where the ingredients were served on a large tray. Sabich is sold in many businesses throughout Israel.
There are several theories on the origin of the name sabich.
Another is that it is an acronym of the Hebrew words "Salat, Beitsa, Yoteir Ḥatsil" סלט ביצה יותר חציל, meaning "salad, egg, more eggplant". This is probably a humorous interpretation and hence a backronym.
The ingredients which make up sabich were brought to Israel by Iraqi Jews who came as refugees to Israel in the 1940s and 1950s. On the Sabbath, when no cooking is allowed, Iraqi Jews ate a cold meal of precooked fried eggplant, boiled potatoes and hard-boiled eggs. In Israel, these ingredients were stuffed in a pita and sold as fast food.
A version without the bread or pita is called Sabich salad (Salat Sabich in Hebrew).
Sabich, served in pita bread, traditionally contains fried eggplant slices, hard-cooked eggs, a thin tahini sauce (tahini, lemon juice, and garlic), Israeli Salad, chopped parsley, and amba, a condiment similar to mango chutney. Some versions use boiled potatoes. Traditionally it is made with haminados eggs, slow-cooked in Hamin until they turn brown. According to the diner's preference it can be served topped with green or red zhug as a condiment and sprinkled with minced onion.
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