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vegan egyptian spinach with tomato sauce in a bowl

Egyptian Spinach With Tomato Sauce (Vegan)

  • Author: Lily
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Diet: Vegan


Egyptian spinach with tomato sauce is not to be confused with molokhia. This delicious vegan recipe is made from nutrient-dense spinach leaves.


  • 2lbs (1 kg) fresh spinach leaves
  • 10 small tomatoes (or 9 medium tomatoes)
  • 2 large onions (or 3 medium onions)
  • 1 bunch of cilantro (coriander)
  • 9 cloves of garlic
  • 3 cups broth (any type) or 3 cups water with a bouillon cube
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Prepare The Ingredients

  • Blend the onions and garlic in a food processor.
  • Blend the tomatoes in a blender and strain.
  • Wash the spinach leaves very well. Continue to wash the spinach until the water is sand-free. It might take 4 or 5 washes to completely remove the sand.
  • Cut off the base of the spinach leaves and discard. Chop the spinach leave very finely and add to a strainer. 
  • Wash and finely chop the cilantro (coriander).

Make the Tomato Sauce

  1. In a large stovetop pot on medium-high heat, add 2 tbsp of olive oil. Add the blended onions and garlic. Sautee until the onion mixture starts to turn golden (about 5 minutes). 
  2. Add the strained blended tomato mixture. Add the ground salt, pepper, and sugar. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes on medium-high heat covered.

Make The Egyptian Spinach

  1. Add the chopped spinach and broth to the tomato sauce. Cover the pot and cook on medium-high heat for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Add the chopped cilantro and ground coriander. Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes, then remove from the stove.
  3. Serve with rice.


  • Use vegetable broth for the vegan version of this recipe. 
  • The nutrition information doesn't include rice.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Egyptian


  • Serving Size: 2 cups
  • Calories: 156 calories
  • Sugar: 9 g
  • Sodium: 840 mg
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 23 g
  • Fiber: 8 g
  • Protein: 8 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: egyptian spinach, spinach and tomatoes, sauteed spinach, vegan spinach, gluten-free spinach, spinach recipe, full leaf spinach

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