Saturday, May 15, 2010

Borani Esfanaj

Borani is a simple Iranian cold dish made with yoghurt and vegetables.Basically the dish is a simple raita or a mix of yoghurt and veggies of choice.When spinach (or esfenaaj/esfenaj/esfanaj in Farsi) is added to this then we get a yoghurt -spinach raita or borani esfanaj and is served as side to pilaf or as per choice. There are many ways of making this raita where the versions differ in the way of cooking spinach like blanching,boiling,steaming or stirfrying.The rest of the recipe is the same and I have adapted a stirfried version from here.

Spinach: a small bunch chopped
Onion: 1 small
Garlic: 1 clove (optional)


Heat oil in a pan,add chopped onion and garlic and saute till brown.Add the chopped spinach and little salt and cook till it wilts.I took it off the gas right at the instant it started giving out water. Allow it to cool.

Whisk thick curd adding salt and pepper.Add or fold in the cooled spinach-onion mix and adjust the salt and pepper. Serve chilled or at room temp.

The raita as it is known here is a simple and obviously tasty.If you want more spiciness replace the pepper or adjust it with your choice of spices.The simple dish is my entry to Weekend Wokking:Spinach hosted this tme by the originator of the event herself,Wandering Chopsticks.If you have any spinach dish do send it over after checking the rules.


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