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Borani Esfanaj (Spinach-Yogurt Salad or Dip)

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Category: Salads, Dips

 Ingredients List

  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 4 Cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 To 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 To 1 tsp tumeric
  • 1/2 To 1 tsp cayenne pepper (or
  • -a generous dash tabasco
  • -sauce)
  • 1/2 ts Curry powder
  • 1 ts Cumin
  • 1/4 ts Cinnamon
  • 1 pk Frozen chopped spinach,
  • -defrosted, or 2 bunches
  • -fresh spinach,
  • Cooked and chopped.
  • 1 c Plain yogurt


This spinach and yogurt dish is Persian in origin, The yogurt is redolent
with both musky and sweet spices complementing the slightly tart taste of
the spinach. Borani Esfanah is enjoyed as an appetizer, side dish, or dip
to spread on bread. Though untraditional, the hot pepper flavoring adds
zip. Accompany with French bread, or pita; or, for a more tactile
experience, tear off pieces of warm, soft flour tortillas and scoop up the
savory mixture.


1. Saute onion and garlic in butter until soft. Add spices and cook a few
minutes to rid them of any rawness

2. Mix in spinach, yogurt, and salt to taste.


Drink a slightly sweet Gewutztraminer or California riesling (German
rieslings fade at the spicy assertion of this dish).

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