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Lebanese Lemon Garlic Chickpeas- Msabaha

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Lebanese Lemon Garlic Chickpeas, also known as Msabaha or Balila recipe is bursting with flavorful hints of lemon and packed with protein. This Lebanese side dish, which can also served as breakfast is vegan and gluten free, but mostly just delicious!

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Lebanese Lemon  Garlic Chickpeas is so easy to make and comes together fast. I love cooking with chickpeas and have included many quick recipes on the blog that use chickpeas including; Chickpea Fatteh- Fattet Hummus, Eggplant Chickpea Fatteh,  Hummus Recipe, and Roasted Chickpea Salad

What is Msabaha?

Msabaha, Msabbaha or Musabaha literary translates to swimming in Arabic, I’m going to assume that this is because of how the chickpeas float in the lemon garlic and olive oil dressing. But don’t take my word for it. Msabaha is popular Lebanese chickpea breakfast that is similar to Lebanese Ful (Fava Beans), often served together, but with chickpeas instead of fava beans. 

Vegan salad- Vegan Lemon Garlic Salad.

What you’ll Need for this Lebanese Msabaha Chickpea Recipe: 

  • Fresh parsley
  • Olive oil
  • Chickpeas. 
  • Lemon Juice.
  • Salt.
  • Garlic.

If you are looking for gluten free recipe or Lebanese recipes, you will love this vegan lemon garlic chickpea dish.

Leftover Lemon Garlic Chickpeas is great for meal prep because it keeps really well in the refrigerator for a couple of days. In fact it only gets better as the flavors of lemon juice, garlic and olive oil meld in the refrigerator. To store, place in an airtight container. warm it for a few seconds in the microwave just before serving. 

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More Vegetarian Lebanese Recipes:

Lebanese Chickpea Fatteh

Hummus Recipe

Air-Fried Falafel

Chickpea Salad


Lebanese Red Lentil Soup

Red Lentil Mujadara

Vegetarian Lebanese Stuffed Zucchini 

How to Make Lemon Garlic Chickpeas-Lebanese Msabaha:

Yield: 3-4

Lebanese Lemon Garlic Chickpeas- Msabaha

masabaha, balila, masabaha recipe
Lebanese Lemon Garlic Chickpeas, also known as Msabaha is bursting with flavorful hints of lemon and packed with protein. It is vegan and gluten free, but mostly just delicious!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 3 15 oz canned chickpeas
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves- crushed
  • 1/2 cup parsley- chopped


  1. Rinse your canned chickpeas with cold water and drain, to remove excess salt .
  2. Place rinsed and drained chickpeas in a large saucepan over medium heat, and add 1/2 cup of water.
  3. Bring mixture to a boil and remove from heat.
  4. Prepare the lemon dressing: In a small bowl, whisk crushed garlic, salt, lemon juice and olive oil together.
  5. Drizzle the dressing over the warm chickpeas and mix well.
  6. Taste and adjust salt/sour.
  7. Top with Chopped parsley.
  8. Serve with pita bread and radishes if you'd like.
  9. Enjoy!

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