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Isfanakh Mutajjan Byzantine Recipe

al-Baghdadi p. 206/12
Take spinach, cut off the lower roots, and wash: then boil lightly in salt and water, and dry. Refine sesame oil, drop in the spinach, and stir until fragrant. Chop up a little garlic, and add. Sprinkle with fine-ground cumin, dry coriander, and cinnamon: then remove.

Zirbaya (Chicken in a Sweet Sauce)

1.Zirbaya (chicken in a sweet sauce) (center)
2.Isfanakh Mutajjan
(spinach in garlic) (bottom right)
3.Fruited Rice (left)


  • 1 lb spinach
  • 1 T sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 t cumin
  • 1/8 t coriander
  • 1/2 t cinnamon


  • Boil spinach in salted water about 2 minutes.


  • We used frozen spinach.
  • Be sure that the sesame oil that you use is the Arabic variety.
  • It’s made from untoasted sesame seeds, and is nearly flavorless.
  • It’s also pretty pricey – about $12 a quart.
  • Do not substitute Chinese sesame oil; the flavor is very different.

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