M’sakhan Rolls

Jomby Recipe for Watercress Dip and M'sakhan Rolls

M’sakhan Rolls

Course Main Course
Cuisine Middle Eastern


  • 2 lbs chicken thighs
  • 2 large onions chopped
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1/2 cup crushed sumac spice 
  • 1 tbsp Arabic 7 Spice
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • salt
  • Saj bread or 8 Flour tortillas


  • Start to caramelize your onions with olive oil.
  • Meanwhile, clean your chicken thighs and put in an oven proof dish.
  • Toss with lemon juice, ¼ cup of sumac, Arabic 7 spice, a drizzle of olive oil and salt.
  •  Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.
  • Once your onions are carmelized sprinkle with sumac and some salt and set aside.
  • After the thighs are done, in about 25 minutes take them out and set aside until they are room temperature.
  • Cut them into nice bite size pieces and mix throughly with the onion mixture and pine nuts.
  • Roll the mixture into your saj or tortilla bread like egg rolls.
  • Brush with olive oil, stick in the oven for a few minutes then remove, cut in half and serve!


These rolls are a lovely finger food to accompany any dinner or party spread. M’sakhan is a Palestinian dish that represents the culmination of the olive, sumac, and wheat harvest in Palestine. The dish is originally made with whole chicken parts and fresh flat-bread straight from the clay ovens still used in many areas of Palestine. This version is a modern take on the dish, but it does not sacrifice authenticity because m’sakhan cannot be made without these essential ingredients! Serve them with a nice salad and topped off with some decorative pomegranate seeds. A nice accompaniment to the rolls is my watercress yogurt dip. Enjoy making them and sahtayn! The equivalent is salud, for my non-Arabic speaking friends. 
Keyword Arab, Palestenian


  • Shehnaz A. is the owner of Olive Press Eatery in Metuchen, NJ, a Palestinian restaurant, bookstore & hub for the community. She is what she calls a "community taught" cook and human rights activist where growing up in a Palestinian kitchen created the dynamic of learning to cook around different characters, neighbors, family, and conversations around the table. Food is identity, political, friendly, welcoming, and is embedded in human rights. Come sit at her table and chat! Instagram: @olivepresseatery

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