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Sabse Borani (Spinach Yogurt Dip)

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Afghan
Keyword Afghan, Afghanistan, appetizer, caramelized onion, dip, spinach, yogurt
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 4 Servings


  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 4 cups fresh spinach leaves chopped
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Fit a fine mesh sieve or colander over a small bowl. Place a coffee filter in the sieve and add yogurt. Let drain for an hour.
  • Wash spinach, but don't dry. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add damp spinach and cook until wilted, stirring often. Drain and, when slightly cooled, squeeze to remove any remaining water.
  • Place skillet over medium-low heat and drizzle vegetable oil. Add onions and cook, stirring often, until golden. Stir in the garlic and cook just until fragrant, 30 seconds-1 minute. Add spinach and stir to combine. Remove from heat and let cool.
  • In a medium bowl, combine spinach mixture and drained yogurt. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use.