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Borani Esfenaj

Borani Esfenaj

Borani Esfenaj is a classic vegetarian food that got its name for its main ingredient mean spinach (Esfenaj). Garlic, onion, salt, turmeric, pepper, and yogurt are other ingredients used in cooking Borani Esfenaj. This food is a delicious vegetarian appetizer or even a main meal or snack for a vegetarian diet and all other people.
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: Persian
Keyword: Borani Esfenaj
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 143kcal


  • 8 oz fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 1 large-size onion
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 2 cups of plain low-fatdrained yoghurt
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon Pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup chopped walnut
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil


  • Clean up the fresh spinach leaves, but don’t remove the stems.
  • Grab a medium pot and pour the spinach in it. Cove it and let it cooks until slightly wilted and its water absorbed and evaporated.
  • Meanwhile, peel the onions and garlic. Slice onions and smash garlic.
  • Pour vegetable oil in a large frying pan and add the sliced onions and garlic and saute them until they turn to golden.
  • After sauteing the onions and garlic, add cook spinach, salt, turmeric, and pepper and stir them and let it cook for some more minutes.
  • Let them cool to some extent at room temperature.
  • Mix plain low-fat drained yogurt and chopped walnut and combine the mixture until it is completely smooth.
  • Pour your prepared Borani Esfenaj into the serving bowl.
  • Refrigerate it for almost 1 hour to chill.
  • Topping and decorating it with fried onion and extra walnut before serving.
  • Serve and enjoy it.


Uniqop`s advice

  • If Borani Esfenaj is served along with fresh Noon Sangak (a kind of flat Persian bread), it tastes better.
  • You can add some brewed saffron for a more beautiful golden color.


Serving: 100g | Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 12.5g | Fat: 4g