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Ariana Restaurant Sabzi (Pureed Spinach with Spices)

This is Afghan cuisine.


  • 1 pound chopped, fresh spinach
  • 3/4 cup black-eyed peas
  • 1 onion
  • 1 un-dried lemon (or dried, crushed lemon pieces)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 fresh lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil
  • 10 leaves fresh cilantro


  1. Soak the black-eyed peas for 1 hour, then rinse.
  2. Boil spinach with washed black-eyed peas for 10 minutes.
  3. At the same time, in a saucepan, fry diced onion in vegetable oil until soft and light brown.
  4. Add the garlic and fry for 2 more minutes.
  5. Add boiled and drained spinach and black-eyed peas.
  6. Add dried lemon and fresh lemon juice, salt, pepper and chopped cilantro. Mix well, cook an additional 5 minutes and serve on a long platter.

Source: Ariana Restaurant, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - owner Kadir Sultani

Pairs well with fresh bread or white rice.

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