Al-Hboub is prepared from peeled wheat berries cooked with rice, dried chickpeas, dried fava beans, dried white beans, almond halves, sugar, ground anise seeds, and ground fennel seeds. Then garnished with ground anise seeds, ground fennel seeds, desiccated coconut, almond flakes, slivered pistachios and sugar coated fennel seeds.
When People eat hboub they say (Aklana hboub la’n faraqna al-mahboub), it means (we ate hboub because we left the place we love, the place is Mecca and people miss Mecca after performing Hajj “pilgrimage to Mecca”), so they miss Mecca which is a place they love “mahboub” and they eat “hboub” to remember Mecca. “Hboub” and “Mahboub” is a repetition of similar sounds in two words.
Let’s make Al-Hboub: