Spiced spinach, yogurt and walnuts

Recipe for spiced spinach, yoghurt but missing the walnuts from the NY Times Martha Shulman, but probably generic enough to find in more then one place. Serves three. Probably fine to use normal spinach. Remembered


  • 1 clove (1/8 teaspoon ground)
  • 2 allspice berries (1/8 teaspoon ground)
  • ½ teaspoon coriander seeds or cumin seeds
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 garlic clove, cut in half, green shoots removed (more to taste)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup drained yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts
  • 1 12-ounce bag baby spinach, washed


Heat a small dry skillet over medium heat and add the clove, allspice berries, and coriander seeds or cumin seeds. Heat, shaking the pan, until the spices begin to smell toasty, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and allow to cool for a few minutes, then grind in a spice mill. Add the cinnamon, and set aside.

In a mortar and pestle, mash the garlic with 1/4 teaspoon salt to a paste, and stir into the yogurt. Set aside.

Place the baby spinach in a bowl and pour on boiling water to cover. Let sit for a couple of minutes, then drain, rinse with cold water, squeeze out excess water, and chop coarsely.

Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a wide, heavy skillet and add the pine nuts. Cook, stirring, until they begin color (2 to 3 minutes), then remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the spices to the oil. When they begin to sizzle, cook for about 30 seconds and add the spinach, toasted pine nuts, and salt and pepper to taste.

Cook, stirring, until the spinach is heated through and coated with the oil and spices, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a serving dish and spoon the yogurt over the top. This is very nice served with Arabic bread.


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