Afghan Spinach Appetizer Dip

"This recipe came from an Afghanistan cookbook, that I think came out in the 1990's (from Minnesota). I don't remember the title, but their recipes were very good."
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  • Wash the spinach several times to remove any sand, and finely chop.
  • Put water into a medium-size saucepan until it comes up about 1" from the bottom of the pan.
  • Add the spinach and boil over high heat for five minutes.
  • Drain.
  • In a large frying pan, over medium-high heat, put the oil and onion.
  • Stir-fry until the onion is tender, adding the garlic the last couple of minutes.
  • Add the cooked spinach and cook for 5 more minutes.
  • Turn off heat and let cool.
  • In a serving bowl mix together the yogurt, spinach mixture, cayenne, salt, pepper and ground coriander.
  • Refrigerate overnight.
  • The mixture needs to sit for a while in the fridge so that the flavors can marry.
  • Serve with pita bread or naan.

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  1. This is a really good recipe, thanks! And everyone I served it to at a dinner party loved it. I substituted olive oil, and also farmer's cheese rather than yogurt. I strongly recommend the farmer's cheese (i.e., homemade cottage cheese type thing) - yogurt would have been way, way, way too runny. Farmers cheese gave it the perfect texture, and reminded me very much of a dish I ate regularly in villages once upon a time when hiking Pakistan's Himalayan and Hindu Kush mountains. My other major comment/correction on this is that "bunch" of spinach is way too vague - it was totally unclear to me how much spinach I needed. I chopped all the onions, and then after preparing what I thought was a generous quantity of spinach, I still had more onions than cooked spinach! I used a lot less onions and sort of eyeballed all the ingredients after that. Like I said, it turned out great but be prepared to improvise on the proportions.


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