Yoghurt & Spinach - Mast-o Esfenaj

Yogurt and Spinach – Borani Esfenaj

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Spinach and yogurt goes really well together. This simple recipe combines the flavours of spinach, garlic and yogurt to makes a simple dip, and using frozen spinach makes it a quick and easy accompaniment to a trio of dips.

In this recipe I use powdered garlic, not only does this make it quicker to prepare, but the flavour of the garlic is easily mixed into the yogurt.

Yogurt & Spinach recipe

Place the frozen spinach in a microwave jug, and microwave for 30 – 60 seconds until defrosted.

frozen spinach

Stir through and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.

microwave spinach

Add to a mixing bowl with the thickened yogurt, salt, pepper and garlic powder.

spinach yoghurt and garlic powder

Gently stir together to combine well. Be careful not to mix to vigorously as this will release the liquid from the yoghurt, making it watery.

spinach and yogurt

Enjoy with Persian barbari bread or pita crisps or as a side dish to Persian layered rice or with grilled vegetables for a delicious vegetarian meal.

Yoghurt & Spinach - Mast-o Esfenaj
Yoghurt & Spinach - Mast-o Esfenaj

Yogurt and Spinach – Borani Esfenaj

Borani Esfenaj or mast-o-esfanaj is an interesting side dish to compliment many main meals.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Persian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 48 kcal


  • 125 g frozen spinach
  • 250 g natural yogurt Greek style
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder


  • Microwave the spinach for around 1 minute till defrosted
  • Drain in a colander to remove excess liquid
  • Place the yogurt in a bowl with the salt and garlic powder drained, cooled spinach
  • Gently stir through


Any natural yogurt can be used to make this delicious yogurt dip, but the Greek style yogurt is a thicker yogurt making a better dipping consistency.


Calories: 48kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 3gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 343mgPotassium: 207mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 3726IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 116mgIron: 1mg
Keyword spinach, yoghurt, yogurt
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Traditionally borani is a dish where a vegetable has been boiled, then sautéed with garlic and topped with yogurt. Borani Esfenaj is simply a dish where the spinach is boiled, and then sautéed with garlic.

This recipes is a quick adaptation of the traditional Borani Esfanaj using frozen spinach and garlic powder.

Learn more about traditional borani on Wikipedia.