Sabanekh Matboukhah

December 11th, 2010

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Sabanekh Matboukhah is spinach cooked with ground meat, crushed garlic, ground coriander, and served with rice. Some people call it sabanekh bel-Lahemh (spinach with meat) or sabanekh w rez (spinach with rice).

Let’s make Sabanekh Matboukhah:

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1, 2. Cut off spinach ends and remove yellowish leaves, and discard them.

3, 4, 5, 6. Gather spinach, and coarsely chop the stems and the leaves.

7. Wash chopped spinach in several changes with water, you must continue washing in clean waters until there is not a trace of sand.

8. Drain spinach in a colander.

9. Fill a pot with water, and bring it to boil.

10, 11. Add spinach to boiling water, and keep for 5 -6 minutes only.

12. After 5 minutes, place a strainer over a bowl, and skim spinach form water with slotted spoon and transfer to the strainer, and allow to drain. Do not squeeze out the water.

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13. In deep pot, heat 1 tbsp ghee.

14. To ghee, add ground meat, and add salt, and brown the meat.

15. Add crushed garlic to meat and stir for 5 minutes.

16. Add chopped spinach to the pot.

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17. Stir the mixture of spinach, meat and crushed garlic.

18. Add ground coriander and stir.

19. Cover the pot, and keep over low heat for about 30 minutes (spinach will release water), then after 30 minutes add 300 ml water and cover the pot and cook over low heat for about 30 minutes (don’t forget to check on it during this period and stir it).

20. After 30 minutes, uncover the pot and continue cooking for 20 minutes. During cooking, taste and add salt if needed.

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Rice

21. Melt 1 1/2 tbsp ghee and bring it to high heat, then turn off heat.

22. Rinse rice with cold water in several changes.

23. Boil water.

24. Soak rice in boiled water for 10 minutes.

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25. To ghee, add 3 3/8 cups water, and add salt, then turn on heat and let it boil.

26. Drain rice, then rinse it with cold water in several changes.

27. Once the water is boiling vigorously add rice.

28. Check if the water is good for the rice by this method which is called “Al-Samda” (Read more about Al-Samda in the post Maqloubat Al-Bathenjan), and keep the rice for 5 minutes over high heat so it will boil vigorously, then lower heat and cover pot and keep for 15 – 20 minutes till rice is cooked. when it is completely cooked, turn off heat, stir and serve.

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29. Sprinkle Sabanekh Matboukhah with black pepper and serve hot with rice, lemon wedges, turnip pickles and yogurt.

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Sabanekh Matboukhah

From: Family Recipe / Servings: 3 – 4 People
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14 bunches of fresh spinach, (14 bunches = approximately 2.8
to 3 kg)

1 tbsp ghee

250 g fat free ground lamb meat

4 tbsp crushed garlic

5 tsp ground coriander

300 ml water

Salt

Rice

1 1/2 tbsp ghee

2 1/4 cups Egyptian short grain
rice

Boiling water, for soaking rice

3 3/8 cups water

Salt

To Serve

Black pepper

Lemon Wedges

Turnip Pickles

Yogurt

Cut off spinach ends and remove yellowish leaves, and discard them.

Gather spinach, and coarsely chop the stems and the leaves.

Wash chopped spinach in several changes with water, you must continue washing in clean waters until there is not a trace of sand.

Drain spinach in a colander.

Fill a pot with water, and bring it to boil.

Add spinach to boiling water, and keep for 5 -6 minutes only.

After 5 minutes, place a strainer over a bowl, and skim spinach form water with slotted spoon and transfer to the strainer, and allow to drain. Do not squeeze out the water.

In deep pot, heat 1 tbsp ghee.

To ghee, add ground meat, and add salt, and brown the meat.

Add crushed garlic to meat and stir for 5 minutes.

Add chopped spinach to the pot.

Stir the mixture of spinach, meat and crushed garlic.

Add ground coriander and stir.

Cover the pot, and keep over low heat for about 30 minutes (spinach will release water), then after 30 minutes add 300 ml water and cover the pot and cook over low heat for about 30 minutes (don’t forget to check on it during this period and stir it).

After 30 minutes, uncover the pot and continue cooking for 20 minutes. During cooking, taste and add salt if needed.

Rice

Melt 1 1/2 tbsp ghee and bring it to high heat, then turn off heat.

Rinse rice with cold water in several changes.

Boil water.

Soak rice in boiled water for 10 minutes.

To ghee, add 3 3/8 cups water, and add salt, then turn on heat and let it boil.

Drain rice, then rinse it with cold water in several changes.

Once the water is boiling vigorously add rice.

Check if the water is good for the rice by this method which is called “Al-Samda” (Read more about Al-Samda in the post Maqloubat Al-Bathenjan), and keep the rice for 5 minutes over high heat so it will boil vigorously, then lower heat and cover pot and keep for 15 – 20 minutes till rice is cooked. when it is completely cooked, turn off heat, stir and serve.

Sprinkle Sabanekh Matboukhah with black pepper and serve hot with rice, lemon wedges, turnip pickles and yogurt.

Notes and Tips

Frozen spinach can be used to make this dish. If you are using frozen spinach, skip the steps from (1 – 12) and start from browning the meat. I prefer fresh spinach and never made it with frozen.

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67 Responses to “Sabanekh Matboukhah”

  1. Tanvi says:

    Very Very nice presentation.It looks like a special meal!

  2. Cherine says:

    A comforting yummy dish!

  3. Gerald says:

    Hi Dimah,
    What shall I say?? you keep reminding me of the luxury of simple and authentic pleasures.
    I had forgotten completely about this recipe. very well done

  4. Swathi says:

    Dimah,

    spinach with meat and rice looks delicious. full healthy one.

  5. Katerina says:

    I love the flavor of spinach. We make something similar in Greece called spanakorizo only we do not use meat but only rice with spinach. This one looks delicious.

  6. That’s a well-balanced and delicious meal!

  7. hayatcemresi says:

    your recipes all interesting and delicious,I love spinach,
    thanks for sharing..

  8. we called it as kheema palak….urs looks way too beautiful :)

  9. Coffeebeans says:

    We have a similar recipe in Romania. I love you recipe! :)

  10. Trish says:

    This sounds great. I love how you used the whole spinach leaf, stems and all. I need to start doing that.

  11. fooddreamer says:

    Looks delicious and you’ve plated it so nicely!

  12. Cahide says:

    Dear Dimah,You are a master of a meal!
    Looks very delicious Spinach.

  13. Mateja says:

    As I said, yummy and beautiful. spinach is one of my favorite veggies! Thank you for sharing ^_^

  14. tigerfish says:

    I tried a pureed spinach dish in Indian cuisine known as saag (but that is vegetarian, without meat). This is the closest I have tried to the dish you are featuring here. Thanks for your insight :)

  15. What a wonderful dish! I love rice and spinach so this combination is just perfect for me.
    Magda

  16. rebecca says:

    wonderful healthy meal

  17. Anna's Table says:

    What a wonderful pictorial tutorial you posted! The meal is so healthy and well balanced. It looks delicious.

  18. Lisa H. says:

    love the colour and arrangement… and spinach too ;)

  19. Rosa says:

    A scrumptious meal! Spinach and ground meat, that sounds wonderful.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  20. colourful delicious meal
    turnip pickles yummy

  21. Sandra says:

    Looks very nice and delicious..I love the photos!

  22. This is a delicious way to cook spinach. bookmarked!

  23. Raina says:

    Yum! What a wonderful dish. I know I would absolutely love this. Thank you for sharing it and the excellent instruction and pictures too:)

  24. That looks very delicious and yet healthy too! :D

  25. Rumana says:

    Very comforting dish:)

  26. grazi says:

    delicious!!!!!

  27. Looks fantastic – I love the photos of the finished dish, so delicate and appealing.

  28. Becky says:

    Your pictures are always amazing as well as the dish, and I love spinach!

  29. Very interesting and yummy! Spinach is being used in cuisine around the world and this is no exception..

  30. Umm Mymoonah says:

    That looks very healthy and delicious, a perfect plate of lunch.

  31. Simply Life says:

    I love how much I learn from your blog about new foods and meals!

  32. that looks awesome!very interesting..

  33. briarrose says:

    Delicious. Looks so lovely plated. ;)

  34. aipi says:

    A feast to the eyes n palate!!

  35. Pushpa says:

    Looks totally delicious,love greens.

  36. Reeni says:

    I could eat spinach every day of my life! How utterly delicious! And so beautifully presented.

  37. Saras says:

    Healthy & tasty meal.. Thanks for sharing……..

  38. Claudia says:

    I love spinach and I love everything about this. Combining it with meat… and the spices and your presentation is so welcoming.

  39. Biny Anoop says:

    Hey Dimah,
    An Indian Salaam from Ireland to you….nice to be here…love ur simple but yummy recipes…ur space as well is soo gud.
    C U again.
    Biny

  40. thanks for visiting.hope in future also.
    wonderful recipes
    this dish is looking healthy and delicious

  41. It looks healthy and tasty!!! And the way you explained step by step the recipe is great!!! I would love to try it…

  42. sameena says:

    Hey,

    Lovely meal and beautiful presentation…:)Just followed you…:)

    Dr.Sameena@

    http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

  43. Namitha says:

    What a wonderful meal :-) Loved the pictorial too

  44. this sounds so yummy.. i love how lovely this flavors are..thanks for sharing this.

  45. Juliana says:

    What an interesting dish with spinach and ground lamb…it sure looks very tasty with all the spices in it. Yummie!

  46. Cindy says:

    I actually know this dish, and I had it before!
    I was in love with it! Spinach goes so well with all the seasonings and so healthy!

  47. Hannah says:

    I’m all over any dish that can pack in the greens like this- Talk about super food!

  48. Zara says:

    Yum, looking very tasty and a lovely presentation as well!
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    …….(“””””).Have a great
    ….ڿڰۣڿ❀❤❀ڿڰۣڿ. Week, dear Dimah!

  49. Zara says:

    Ah, just forgotten to ask if frozen spinach would be well for this dish?

  50. I feel so happy when I find bloggers from the middle East :) Thanks for dropping by my blog so I found u :) This looks very similar to Kheema Palak (minced meat with spinach) that we make except there are ofcourse the Indian spices!

  51. Sarah Naveen says:

    That looks so delicious..

  52. Wonderful step by step pictures. This sounds like a great dish, I just love middle eastern flavours.
    *kisses* HH

  53. Cook is Good says:

    very interesting recipe and so well described! Thanks for sharing. Giorgia

  54. What a healthy and delicious recipe. I would make this over and over, because it’s easy and full of spices and flavor. Thanks for sharing.

  55. Joyti says:

    Sounds delicious…and looks adorable.

  56. Balancing spinach with meat is just what we need!! Sounds exotically delicious :)

  57. Catherine says:

    Beautiful presentation! This sounds soo delicious!

  58. lovely spread,looks tempting

  59. Fragolina says:

    The presentation is lovely. We use spinach as a filling in pies, (fatayer bi sbenikh).

  60. Sounds aromatic and lovely! I love lots of garlic with spinach.

  61. Dimah says:

    Tanvi: Thank you, dear!

    Cherine: Thanks!

    Gerald: Thanks for stopping by and for the kind comment! :)

    Swathi; Thank you so much!

    Katerina: Thank you so much for sharing this info with us, it is wonderful to know that some foods are made in other countries in the same way :)

    Angie’s Recipes: Thank you!

    hayatcemresi: Thank you so much!

    Ananda Rajashekar: Thank you so much for sharing the name of the recipe with us! :)

    Coffeebeans: Thank you! it is good to know that there is similar recipe in Romania :)

    Trish: Thank you so much for the lovely comment!

    fooddreamer: Thank you!

    Cahide: Thanks for the kind comment! you are so sweet :)

    Mateja: Thanks!

    tigerfish: Thank you so much for stopping by and for the info!

    My Little Expat Kitchen: Thank you!

    rebecca: Thanks!

    Anna’s Table: Thank you so much for the kind comment!

    Lisa H.: Thank you so much for stopping by!

    Rosa: Thank you!

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    Nisrine | Dinners & Dreams: Thanks! hope you try it :)

    Raina: Thank you so much for the lovely comment!

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    Cindy: Thanks for stopping by! it is good to know that you had this dish before :)

    Hannah: Thank you!

    Zara: Thank you! yes, you can use frozen spinach as I mentioned in the tips :)

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  62. Joanne says:

    Mmm this sounds like it’s full of such delicious flavor! And so healthy too!

  63. thoma says:

    nice plate. though we don’t like spinach here this is an excuse for me to use it! neat and pretty pic!

  64. This looks incredibly tasty! You’ve made me so hungry.

  65. Mirauncut says:

    nice presentation. i dunno how anyone could make sabanigh look appetizing.

  66. Eva says:

    Coriander is one of my favorite spices, and the spinach with ground meat looks delicious as well! The presentation is absolutely beautiful Dimah, you always make each plate look like a work of art :)

  67. Wow sounds like a lot of work Dimah! But looks yums. I lurve mushy veggie+meat dishes =)

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