Leblebi means different things in different countries and languages around the Mediterranean. But in Tunisia it means only one thing: Yum!
Leblebi in this North African nation of 11 million is a thick soup consisting of bread chunks, chick peas, water, and fresh tuna, all spiced with Harissa, seasoned with black pepper, and topped with fresh-squeezed lemon.
Here the Tunisian diva Emel Mathlouthi satisfies her longing for this traditional dish on a visit back home from Paris, where she resides. A fan spotted her in line and expressed surprise that the star would eat such pedestrian fare. “Are you kidding,” she asked. “I wouldn’t miss it for the world!”
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Tunisian Leblebi – Weld El Bey