Binnur's Turkish Cookbook - Delicious, healthy and easy-to-make Ottoman & Turkish recipes

Friday, September 21, 2007

Spinach Saute

(Ispanak Kavurma)

Spinach Saute
500 g spinach, roots cut off*, washed several times, drained
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp crushed tomatoes, canned
1/2 tsp nutmeg, grated
4 tbsp beef broth or chicken broth or water

1/2 cup yogurt + 1 garlic clove, smashed with salt
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp red pepper

Boil the spinach for 5 minutes, drain. Squeeze it with your hands to get rid of excess water. Then chop it on a cutting board.

Saute the onion in a medium-size pot with olive oil and salt until the colour of the onions turn to light brown. Add the spinach, crushed tomatoes, nutmeg, chicken broth and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes at medium-low heat. Turn the heat off.

Let it cool down for a few minutes. Arrange on a serving plate. Place the yogurt with garlic on top. Heat up the olive oil in a small pan, add in the red pepper and then turn the heat off. Don't burn the pepper! Pour all over the yogurt sauce. Serve with any kind of beef or chicken dish.

* You can make Spinach Root Salad with the roots.

Makes 2 servings.

Meal Ideas:
- Yogurt (Plateau) Soup, Tenderloin in Parchment Paper, Macaroni and Cheese, Roasted Red Pepper Cheese Rolls and Semolina Dessert.



At 5:06 AM, Blogger rahime said...

I've always wondered, what kind of red pepper do people use for that garnish - is it pul biber or paprika or American-style powdered dried red pepper? I've been using pul biber but it doesn't seem quite right...

At 9:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I appreciate turkish culture , will try turkish cuisine .By seeing the ingredients in the recipes,I am sure it will be tasty.
Plz keep on and thx.

At 3:21 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Rahime,
It can be paprika or American style powdered dried red pepper. If you like add cayenne pepper too which gives more colour to sauce. Don't use pul biber:)
Take care,

At 4:21 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hey Binnur,
Great site. Thanks so much. I live in Turkey currently and am excited to be able to use the ingredients available correctly! I really love the spinach and egg dish, I was wondering if you had posted a recipe for that, or if you could. Thanks.

At 12:55 PM, Blogger chipper1 said...

Hello Binnur.,
I am so very happy to have found your site. I lost my mother to cancer 3 yrs ago and we all miss so much. I wanted to make this dish she used to make for my Dad that he kiked that had ground beef and chopped cabbage sauted and it tasted kind of spicy. I wish I could remember more about it. I came across this site looking for the recipe for Borek so my daughter could make it for her family. You have it and it is exactly like I remember she making it. I remember my "Nonie" grandmother making the phyylo by hand, rolling it out with a dowl rod stick. She was so cute, stood about 4 1/2 feet tall. Anyway, very good memories to have that I took for granted growing up, I wish I would have paid more attention.

At 11:06 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

What lovely memories Cindy:) I wish I would have paid more attention to my grandmother's cooking too...But I am still grateful that she helped me with many traditional dishes just a year before she passed away!

At 11:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur,
I read an ad posted by melissa way back when and she inquired about a spinach and egg dish. I didn't see a reply and was wondering if you had any information?? Thanks so much for this site, I have found several favorites that are going to be wonderful to make.

At 11:11 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I've already posted the recipe:) It is under the Breakfast & Eggs section, here is the address;

At 10:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi binnur.
I found that crushing the garli and a fresh red pepper in pestal and mortar, then fry , then pour over the yoghurt , mmmmmm gorgeous, just little tweak, through you I experiment a little, and dont take the essence of the meal away.thank you xx paul/faye.

At 4:31 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Oh yum! I am going to have to give this a try! Thank you, Paul/Faye:)xox


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