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Hawa Hassan

Basbaas Sauce

Hawa Hassan is founder and CEO of Basbaas Sauce, a line of condiments inspired by her country of origin, Somalia. Like the best entrepreneurial ventures, Basbaas grew out of a desire to create what she couldn’t find. The sauces represent flavors that she grew up with, perfectly accompany other cuisines, and deserve a place at the dining table. 

Basbaas sauces are truly Somali and genuinely global. Inspired by heirloom recipes, the first two offerings—Tamarind Date Sauce and Coconut Cilantro Chutney—embody the bold flavors of Somali cuisine with a uniquely American twist. They seamlessly blend fruits, herbs and other flavors to deliver a sweet and tangy taste.