Masoub ~ Saudi Banana Bread Mash

I have been missing the MENA Cooking Club challenges for the past two months. After hosting Oman in July, I decided to give Palestine and Qatar a miss due to my busy travel schedules. This month, the country is Saudi Arabia and having missed the last two months, I was keen to get back on this one. Our host for the month is Noor, who blogs at Ya Salam Cooking, which happens to be one of the first and few Saudi based food blogs.


I had visited Saudi last year in February, for Umrah. We went to Madinah first and then to Makkah. Alhamdulillah, I would not like to mince my words, but would say that those were the best 10 days of my life. The long bus trip, though tiring was an experience in itself. We reached Madinah around 9 pm the next day and as soon as we reached the room, we all freshened up and headed straight to Masjid-un-Nabawi for Isha and Witr prayers. Since we were already late, we couldn’t spend much time there but I was already in awe by the surroundings. The next twoΒ days were followed with prayers, going around to see the mosque and surroundings and the unforgettable viewing of the blessed Rawdah. Then after Fajr on the third day, we moved out of Madinah, did our Ihram from the mosque where the Prophet (PBUH) had done his while he went for Hajj and started our beautiful journey to Makkah. We reached just after Asr… I still remember how despite being so tired, we all underwent the beautiful Umrah rituals with so much zest, Alhamdulillah… When I type these here, I am getting goosebumps… I guess I stop it here as my heart is aching of excitement and sadness of having left there… InShaAllah would love to go there again to do Hajj… May Allah make it possible for all of us…

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Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of the biggest countries in the Middle East. Since we are basically dealing with their food now, their food is no different from their neighboring countries. Dates, meat, bread and tea/coffee make a large part of their eating tradition. From the options that were provided to us for trying – MurtabakΒ and Matazeez being the others – Masoub is what caught my attention. Masoub is basically nothing except a banana and leavened bread mash. Normally “khubz” or thick Lebanese breads are crumbled and mixed into some mashed bananas. During my detailed Google search, I found that this food came into Saudi from their neighboring Yemen. After going through all the options that were available, I invented my own recipe. Instead of khubz, I used brown bread just to make it feel a bit guilt-free. Instead just mixing it up, I did a little jig with it and I have just one word to say – amazing! It was so simple to make yet so heavy that if I were really in a mood to eat, I wouldn’t have shared it with HD! πŸ˜‰ Hehe…

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Masoub ~ Saudi Banana Bread Mash

A delicious bread banana mash.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 tsp ghee
  • 2 ripe bananas mashed
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 4 wholemeal bread powdered
  • A pinch cinnamon powder
  • For topping:
  • 3 tbsp cream
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 5-6 almonds sliced


  • Heat ghee in a saucepan.
  • Add the mashed bananas, sprinkle the sugar and briefly saute it.
  • Add in the bread along with cinnamon powder and mix it well till nicely combined.
  • Cook for a couple of minutes and switch off. Transfer to a serving dish and flatten the top.
  • Spread the cream on the top, drizzle honey and sprinkle the almonds.
  • Enjoy warm!

Join the Conversation

  1. Lovely explanation of your Hajj trip…this type of dessert i have never tried…looks delicious

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Amrita…

  2. this is an easy and delicious dessert..looks so good

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Gloria…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Fami…

  3. That reminds me of bread pudding, but only richer and better!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Angie…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot dear…

  4. Beautifully presented and tasty dish Rafeeda

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Umm Hamza…

  5. Aameen! May Allah bless us with Haj and Umrah. I did my Umrah 2 years ago and like you said, that was the best 10 days of my life. πŸ™‚ thanks for this simple and yum recipe. Inshaallah will try it out πŸ™‚
    ​​A Rat’s​ ​Nibble

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Aameen dear… πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for coming by Meera…

  6. AAmeen, interesting recipe Rafeeda

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Nusrath…

  7. Wow, superb.. Looks so easy, yummy and delicious.. πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Seena… πŸ™‚

  8. first time hearing about this desert. very interesting one too.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Nammi…

  9. Another great masoub! Glad you are back and so cool you visited this country! By the way your InLinkz script code is showing in the post πŸ˜‰

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Evelyne… the code is now sorted out… πŸ™‚

  10. You come out with such innovative recipes .. Thank you for the share.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      More than innovation, it is discovering, dear… Thanks a lot Sandhya…

  11. That looks most tempting! Love the presentation. And enjoyed reading about your travel. Would love to see that part of the world some day…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Kanak…

  12. Quick and delicious dessert.. Looks yum

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Vidya…

  13. Sounds an simple yet amazing dessert.. Looks delicious πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sona… πŸ™‚

  14. Aameen …The recipe looks tasty and easy.Super clicks too

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Ruxana…

  15. You know ,what?’I had this dish and I didn’t realise it!
    A friend gave it to me as parcel ,saying it was sweet.
    Loved it and then I was searching for its name .
    Reading your post made me realise it .
    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      So I finally helped you give it a name! πŸ˜‰ Thank you so much Hiba… πŸ™‚

  16. that looks interesting.. well explaned !!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Smitha…

  17. This looks great and I really love your pictures too. Thanks for sharing about Saudi sis <3

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Noor for this lovely choice… πŸ™‚

  18. This sounds super easy and yumm…Got to try it soon…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Anupa…

  19. This looks heavenly, such a unique recipe thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much… πŸ™‚

  20. Sunira Moosa says:

    Ψ§Ω„Ψ³Ω„Ψ§Ω… ΨΉΩ„ΩŠΩƒΩ… ΩˆΨ±Ψ­Ω…Ψ© Ψ§Ω„Ω„Ω‡ ΩˆΨ¨Ψ±ΩƒΨ§ΨͺΩ‡????…

    Stumbled upon your blog through Sadia’s savouryandsweet… N came across this recipe Masoub… I love banana in any form… So tried it out the very next day… Absolutely loved it… I added some raisins to it as well…

    U have some interesting simple recipes… Planning to try more in the coming days, Ψ§Ω† Ψ΄Ψ§Ψ‘ Ψ§Ω„Ω„Ω‡…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Waalaikumussalam warahmatullah wabarakathuhu… πŸ™‚ JazakAllah Khair for coming by dear… It is such a pleasure to read from you, will definitely love you coming around InShaAllah… πŸ™‚

  21. Tom Brady says:

    Hi, can you elaborate on this ingredient:
    4 wholemeal bread powdered
    I don’t know what this means

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Hello Tom, take four bread and powder it in a grinder. I hope this is clear…

  22. First time hearing this recipe
    Looks delicious πŸ˜‹ I will definitely try

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