Tuesday, November 10, 2015

881. Saudi Banana Maasoub

This month's MENA Cooking Club feature is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The MENA Cooking Club explores the differences and similarities of the Middle East and North African countries through local cuisine. Previous entries include Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Oman, Occupied Palestine, and most recently Qatar.
Now I am not one to pass up a family recipe, as those are always the tried and true ones. So when Noor from Ya Salam Cooking gave us her mother in law's ancient Maasoub (معصوب), it was a done deal. Maasoub is a very old halawa recipe cooking mashed bananas with fried bread crumbs and sweetening lightly with honey. Spices and/or nuts can be added for extra flavor and texture.


1 Tbsp ghee 
1 cup rusk crumbs
3 Tbsp sugar
3 ripe bananas
2 Tbsp honey


Melt the ghee in a large pan and saute the rusk crumbs over a medium heat until a deep golden brown in color.
Add the sugar and stir to combine.
Mash the banana well and stir it in the sweetened fried rusk crumbs.
Keep stirring over a medium-high heat until the mixture stiffens and homogenizes and doesn't stick to the pan any more.
As a final touch, stir in the honey off heat and pour the maasoub into the serving dish.
Decorate the surface as desired with a mixture of nuts.
Consume warm or cold.

 صحة و عافية


Umm Hamza said...

As Salaamu Alaykum Maryam, your masoub looks delicious and an ideal filling and nutritious breakfast.

Famidha Ashraf said...

Thats a superb idead.. breadcrumbs! Thank you for sharing dear!

Maryam Mohammed said...

Wa alaikum alSalam ukhti Umm Hamza, thank you!

Maryam Mohammed said...

I love old recipes and rusk crumbs just made sense yo me. Thanks for passing by!

Cheap Ethnic Eatz said...

Great to see another maasoub. Did not know it fell in the halawa category. Great toppings too!

Maryam Mohammed said...

Thanks! It was a new discovery to me and I loved the fact that it has been done for ages.

Rafeeda AR said...

Love your use of bread crumbs... that makes things easier! The masoub looks so delicious...

sneha datar said...

Another mouthwatering and tempting Maasoub.

Noor said...

What a great idea adding the shaboura like that, smart! This looks great mashAllah, I wish I had some. How did you like it? Love your blog Maryam, we have to keep these recipes alive <3

Maryam Mohammed said...

Thank you Rafeeda! I had the impression from reading Noor's recipe that rusks would be perfect in the maasoub so I crushed them and it turned out great.

Maryam Mohammed said...

Thank you Sneha!

Maryam Mohammed said...

It's all you, Noor! I loved the rustic authenticity of the recipe and it makes for a great breakfast. I admire your blog too and would love to take part in more initiatives you commence.