Khoresh-e Aloo Esfenaj Recipe{Spinach and Plum Stew}

khoresh-e aloo esfenaj is one of the traditional and delicious Iranian stews, which is usually served with Persian rice. The most time to consume this stew is during the cold seasons of the year, autumn and winter when spinach is found in abundance. Spinach is also used in Nargesi recipe.

Another reason why this stew is cooked more often in the cold season is its ability to boost the body’s immune system so that you are less likely to suffer from viral diseases such as influenza or colds.

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What is served with? Mast o khiar, mast o musir

Aloo esfenaj recipe

khoresh-e aloo esfenaj is cooked with spinach and golden plums and can be prepared as sour or mashed. Mutton meat is used in this stew.

this stew along with khoreshte ghormeh sabzi stew made with vegetables. Also with this stew serves salad shirazi.

The presence of spinach in this stew, along with its sour taste, which is caused by plums helps to absorb the iron in spinach and makes this stew very useful which is recommended for growing children and teenagers.

To see the complete and step-by-step tutorial on how to prepare khoresh-e aloo esfenaj stay with us.

For: 4 people

Preparation: 20 minutes

Cook for:2 hours

Ingredient for khoresh-e aloo esfenaj:

Ingredient for khoresh-e aloo esfenaj

Spinach    2.2 pound
Mutton  8.8 ounce
Onion   1 pcs
Bukhara plums  10 pcs
Turmeric powder and curry spices as needed
Salt, black pepper and cinnamon powder as needed

Instruction for khoresh-e aloo esfenaj:

1. To prepare a delicious khoresh-e aloo esfenaj , in the beginning, we wash and peel the onion. Then we cut it into small gems. Next, we take a suitable pan and put it on the heat with a little oil until it gets hot.

adding spice to onion for spinach stew

2. Then add the onions and fry them until become light and golden. Then add the meat and saute until the meat juice is drawn and its color changes. At this stage, we add spices to the pan except for salt.

saute onion and meat

3. Then we saute it well until its aroma and smell come out. Then add enough water to cover the meat and let it cook for 2 hours with a low flame.

4. Note that all the above steps can be done in the pressure cooker and reduce the cooking time to 1 hour. Now the spinach is washed and after the water is removed, we chop it. Then we pour the spinach into a pan.

cook spinach stew

5. Then we put it on the heat until the spinach juice is completely drained.  After that when the spinach juice is well drained add some salt to it and allow the spinach to brown and darken with low heat.

saute spinach

6. The point that we should pay attention to when cooking this delicious khoresh-e aloo esfenaj is that the more spinach is fried, the tastier it is, but the mineral salts and its properties decrease. Add the fried spinach to the stew.

adding spinach to stew

7. At this stage if needed add a little more boiling water. Then we let the stew cook completely and reach the right consistency. Then we give about 30 to 40 minutes until the spinach is cooked.

adding plums to spinach stew

8. When you see a layer of oil on the stew, we add washed steamed plums and salt and after the plums are cooked, we serve it in a suitable dish.  This stew can be prepared and served with any kind of rice or chicken.

You can also read tahchin esfenaj recipe.khoreshe aloo esfenaj

Notes for khoresh-e aloo esfenaj:

Notes for khoresh-e aloo esfenaj

Studies show that plums deliver a good dose of antioxidants to help reduce inflammation and protect your bod from free radical damage.

They’re especially high in polyphenol antioxidants, which benefit bone health and may help reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease.


Properties of khoresh-e aloo esfenaj:

Due to its ingredients,khoresh aloo esfenaj is a stew full of properties and nutrients. Among its benefits and properties, the following can be mentioned:

  • Fix digestive problems:

The most important advantage of this stew is for people who have digestive problems. The high fiber content of this stew helps people who suffer from chronic constipation a lot and it will prevent them from having hard bowel movements.

  • Fixing and improving anemia:

A lot of iron and folic acid in spinach has a great effect on anemic people and helps to treat them. The plum in this stew is also a rich source of iron which adds to the properties of this stew.

  • High protein:

As you know protein is very useful for the growth and proper functioning of muscles and its deficiency causes the body to face problems. The meat in plum and spinach stew is considered a good source of protein for the body.

  • Source of vitamin A:

The spinach in this stew is rich in vitamin A which is very useful for eye health and helps maintain its health.

  • Strengthen the immune system:

As mentioned before infectious diseases spread in autumn and winter and the only way to deal with them is to have a strong immune system. Spinach stew with antioxidants and various vitamins is one of the foods that is very effective in strengthening the immune system.


  •  What is the right drink with aloo esfenaj stew?

Vitamin C helps a lot in the absorption of iron so it is better to use drinks like natural orange juice with this delicious khoresh-e aloo esfenaj.

  • What served with khoresht aloo esfenaj?

Along with aloo esfenaj served mast o khiar and persian doogh

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Chef Haghighi

I am Chef Haghighi with ten years of cooking experience and setting up many restaurants and fast food in Iran and Turkey. I am interested in writing recipes on my website. I have the TCA international culinary qualification.

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    1. I am like you, and mostly because of the wonderful properties of spinach and the sour taste of plums, the combination of these two really provides an excellent meal.

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