Mast Esfenaj - Persian Yogurt and Spinach Dip



This delicious and healthy side dish is very easy to make. Borani esfenaj  goes wonderfully well with most rice and stew dishes, grilled meat, fish and chips.


Mast Esfenaj/ Borani-e Esfenaj - Yogurt and Spinach Dip

Ingredients:
Serves 4

2 cups plain yogurt
2 pounds fresh spinach, washed and chopped or use a 1 (10 ounce) package frozen spinach, thawed
1 clove of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons walnuts, crushed *optional
Salt and pepper to taste

Method:
  1. Wash and cut the spinach into small pieces. 
  2. Place the spinach into a medium size pan, add and half a cup of water, bring to a gentle boil over medium-low heat, lower the heat, steam for ten minutes or until spinach is tender. Let cool for 10 minutes.
  3. Drain and place the steamed spinach in a large mixing bowl. 
  4. Add 2 cups of yogurt, minced garlic, salt and pepper, mix well. 
  5. Garnish with chopped walnuts. 
  6. Refrigerate for at least two hours. 
Serve cold with warm bread.

Enjoy!

6 comments:

  1. Here is another recipe of Mast Esfenaj.

    Ingredients:

    4 cups plain yogurt
    2 pounds fresh spinach, washed and chopped or use a 1 (10 ounce) package frozen spinach, thawed
    1 large onion, finely chopped
    1 tablespoon of Turmeric
    half pound of Kashkaval cheese grated
    half a cup of finely chopped mint
    4 tablespoons of olive oil

    Method:

    1. Heat a frying pan and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Fry the spinach for 2 minutes and take out of the pan to cool down to room temp.

    2. Add the other tablespoons of olive oil to the pan and add the chopped onion. fry for 5 minutes. Add the turmeric to the pan and stir. Take the onion out of the pan to cool down to room temp.

    3. In a large bowl mix all the ingredients together and put in the refrigerator for one hour before serving.

    Heaven!

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    1. Hi, What is Kashkaval cheese? This is how I make my Borani just adding some Garlic but do not know this cheese. Thank you

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  2. Anonymous jan!

    your mast esfenaj recipe sounds delicious. love the addition of fried onion and turmeric! yum! I'm going to give it a try very soon. thank you so much!

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  3. mmm this sounds delicious!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Made this for Nowruz dinner this weekend and it was delicious!

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