Khoresh Aloo Esfenaj

Khoresh Aloo Esfenaj, a popular sweet and sour Iranian stew is made of beef, spinach, and plums/prunes.


What are the Ingredients?

  • 600g chuck cubes
  • 600g spinach
  • 10 plums/prunes
  • 2 onions
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 500ml water
  • salt & pepper
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • brewed saffron


Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 1h45 minutes Cooking method: cooking
Cooking Skills: Easy Meal: Lunch/dinner Suitable for: 4 people


How to prepare Khoresh Aloo Esfenaj?

Step 1: Preparing Ingredients

Step1: Preparing Ingredients

Dice the onions.

Soak the plums/prunes in cold water for 15 minutes. Drain and rinse.

Finely chop the spinach.

Brew saffron.


Step 2: Preparing Meat 

Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Cook and stir until deep golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the garlic, turmeric, salt, and pepper for 1 to 2 minutes. Add chuck cubes; fry until coated in turmeric and browned on all sides, 5 to 10 minutes. Put in the plums. Add water and let it cook.


Step 3: Preparing Spinach

Stir fry spinach in a frying pan until deep dark green in color, 5 to 10 minutes.  Set aside.


Step 4: Mix Stew Ingredients

Add the spinach to the stew. Add and stir some brewed saffron, lemon juice, and sugar. Reduce the heat and let it simmer slowly for 20-30 minutes.


Step 5: Serve

Scoop the stew on a deep plate and serve the stew together with the perfect steamed Persian rice (Chelo).







Useful links:

Delicious Iranian Side Dishes

Persian steamed rice (Chelo)

How to brew saffron


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