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Sabzi (Afghan Spinach Recipe)

Updated on May 29, 2014

Sabzi Afghan Spinach Recipe

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Sabzi (spinach) is a popular dish from Afghanistan. It is served as part of a main course with Basmati rice or pita bread and yogurt. There are various ways of cooking Sabzi including Sabzi with lamb (the most popular), chicken, or beef. The recipe below is a simple and easy way to make Sabzi without the meat.

History of Spinach

Spinach originated in ancient Persia. Spinach is actually very recent to the European continent, having been introduced by the Moors of Spain during the 11th century. For a long time, Spinach was referred to as the Spanish vegetable by the English.

Benefits of Spinach

Spinach is a nutrient packed food. Spinach is high in Vitamin A, K, Manganese, Folate, Magnesium, Iron, Copper, Calcium and much more! Phytonutients from spinach provide anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits. Other benefits include bone health from vitamin K, diabetes management from alpha-lipoic acid and healthy skin and hair from vitamin A.

Sabzi Afghan Spinach

Sabzi Afghan Spinach
Sabzi Afghan Spinach
Chopped Cilantro
Chopped Cilantro

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: Serves 6 to 8 People

Sabzi Ingredients

  • 3 Lb Frozen Chopped Spinach
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 9 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Dill
  • 3 Tablespoons Coriander
  • 3/4 Cup Cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • Salt
  • 3 Tablespoons Lemon/Lime Juice

Sabzi Cooking Instructions

  1. In a large pan, heat oil over a medium heat. Add garlic and cook until golden brown. Add spinach and cook until the spinach defrosts and water begins to boil.
  2. Add the dried dill, coriander, cilantro, black pepper, salt and lemon juice. Cover and cook for 15 minutes. For more flavorful dish, reduce to lowest heat setting and simmer for 10 more minutes or longer.
  3. Serve with Basmati rice or flat bread and Greek yogurt.


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