Ispanak Kavurma (Turkish Spinach)

"Courtesy of with only a couple adjustments. I don't usually boil spinach (truthfully?: never) but boiled spinach can be beautiful..."
Ispanak Kavurma (Turkish Spinach) created by threeovens
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  • 17 ounces fresh baby spinach leaves, rinsed well if necessary and drained
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 small roma tomatoes, pureed (or any similar tomato-fresh or canned)
  • 14 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (reduced from one half teaspoon)
  • 4 tablespoons water (or beef or chicken broth)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Sauce

  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 12 cup plain yogurt, drained
  • salt
  • Garnish

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 12 teaspoon ground red pepper (paprika, cayenne, for ex. I used half of each)


  • Sauce: Smash the garlic clove with a little bit of salt and combine with the plain yogurt. Set aside.
  • In a pot boil the spinach for 3 1/2-4 minutes, drain. Squeeze as much water out of the spinach that you can then chop it on a cutting board. I used the sides of the colander to "chop" the spinach with the back of a wide spoon.
  • Saute the onion in a medium sized pot with olive oil and salt until the onions are lightly browned. (Tip: cut down on dishes: use the same pot that was used to boil the spinach.).
  • Add the spinach, crushed tomatoes, nutmeg, broth and salt and pepper, to taste. Cook for about 5 minutes over medium-low heat. Turn the heat off. Allow mixture to cool down for a few minutes.
  • Arrange spinach on a platter. Place the yogurt sauce on top.
  • Garnish: heat up the olive oil in a small pan, add in the red pepper and then turn the heat off being careful not to burn!
  • Drizzle the infused red pepper over the yogurt sauce.

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  1. threeovens
    We loved this spinach. I am always looking for different cooked spinach recipes. My husband loves a spinach salad, but I do not. He always buys too much, so I get to cook some for me!
  2. threeovens
    Ispanak Kavurma (Turkish Spinach) Created by threeovens
  3. Vivian F.
    Don't know what makes this so good, but it is. It seems so simple, but the combination was great. It worked with fat free yogurt.
  4. jreeves82
    Just took a trip to Turkey, and a spinach recipe like this was what I most wanted to learn to cook. This was excellent. I'd still like to experiment with adding some other spices but don't quite know where to begin. Cinnamon maybe?
  5. Dienia B.
    wow oh wow this recip is AWESOMEi loved it made it with recipe #274396 and it paired perfect i will be making this again



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