Spinach Roots as Main Dish / Ispanak Kökü Yemeği

spinach root

I don’t like wasting anything of course food is on my top list. Spinach roots might not come to mind when preparing a main dish; but here it is – very tasty, healthy and low cost. The only difficult part is washing the spinach, if you cannot buy it already washed.

The way I do it is I rinse the spinach several times under flowing water and then take a huge bowl and put all of it inside. Cover with water again and then sprinkle a generous amount of vinegar. Then I set aside for about 15 minutes and then take out the spinach and wash again and drain. While taking out the spinach from the vinegar water don’t shake, mix or turn upside down; as the dust or unwanted insects will by then settled down in the water and we don’t want them all around the spinach again.

Cut of the stem of the roots without separating the branches and leaving out the leaves as much as possible. Now you are ready to cook. 

ispanak-koku-yemegiI prefer to make this dish plain, but you are welcome to add additional color by adding chopped carrots or dry tomatoes to this dish, it is really up to you. Turks love to add yogurt to most of their dishes, this is definitely one of them. You can go ahead and make it tastier by mixing several crushed garlic cloves to your yogurt and then adding to you your spinach.

Good news is that by just leaving out the ground meat out, you can easily turn this dish into a side dish and serve it cold or turn it into a vegetarian dish and still serve it hot.

Spinach roots

Enjoy.

Spinach Roots as Main Dish / Ispanak Kökü Yemeği
Print Recipe
Healthy, green, yummy.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Spinach Roots as Main Dish / Ispanak Kökü Yemeği
Print Recipe
Healthy, green, yummy.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Spinach
Garnish
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Wash thoroughly the spinach.
  2. Cut off and discard the stem of each spinach bunch then cut about 6-7 cm upto the leaves. You can use the leaves for other dishes.
  3. Add the olive oil and the chopped onions in a pot. Saute the onions until translucent.
  4. Add the chopped garlic and saute for 1-2 minutes.
  5. If you choose to use the ground meat add and mix well so they are totally separated to small pieces; until the meat changes color and is cooked.
  6. Add the tomato paste and saute for a few minutes.
  7. Also add the salt and red pepper flakes and mix.
  8. Add the washed and drained spinach roots Saute until the roots begin to change color.
  9. Meanwhile wash the rice and add.
  10. Also add warm water to cover the bottom and cook until the rice is ready. Check by tasting one.
  11. Serve warm with plain yoğurt with or without garlic. Enjoy.
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