Posted by: Hil | January 27, 2010

Sabse Borani


This simple Afghan dish is a new lunch favorite of mine and is definitely more than the sum of its parts.  It is similar to a dip and is traditionally eaten with pita bread.  Unlike most dips, however, sabse borani is filling and healthy enough to eat as a main dish rather than a snack food.  As I have blogged before, I have a tendency to eat way too much cheese when I’m cutting back on meat, and this meal is a great way to get my dairy fix with more protein and less fat.

I’ve discovered that if you can find individual resealable yogurt containers, you can just load the mixture back into the original container and carry it with you, making it a very neat, portable lunch.  I like to use low fat yogurt, which has enough fat to be sustaining without being too rich, but you can use whatever yogurt you have.



  • 4 cups fresh spinach (chopped or baby)
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 medium onion, sliced thinly
  • oil
  • a couple cloves of garlic, crushed or minced
  • Salt and pepper



Cook the onion in the oil until it is golden brown, then add the garlic and cook just until it is fragrant.  Add the spinach.  When the spinach is wilted, take the mixture off of the heat and let cool slightly.  Season with salt and pepper.  Seasonings make or break this dish, so don’t omit the salt!  Combine with the yogurt.  Taste again for seasonings.  Eat immediately or put in the refrigerator for later.  Serve with warm pita bread.



  1. That looks so good. I know that we have all been trying to cut back on spending lately. I have some great recipes for beans and rice. Let me know if you want some… Glad you’re back!

  2. This looks WONDERFUL and so easy! I’ll have to try it out soon!

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