Our quick and easy but nutritious spinach dish is one of the primary dishes in Turkish cuisine during winter months. This recipe can be used for a purslane dish by substituting spinach with purslane that will enrich your summer meals.

For our recipe you need:

  • 2 lb. fresh purslane – washed and chopped
  • 1 medium onion – diced
  • ¼ cup white rice – rinsed *(preferably brown rice)
  • ⅛ cup olive oil (2 tbsp.) 
  • ⅛ cup tomato paste (2 tbsp.) 
  • Salt, black pepper (as much as desired) 

In a large pot sauté onion with olive oil. Add tomato paste and continue sauteing for a few more minutes. Add purslane, stir until purslane changes color. Add rice, salt and pepper. Add 1 cup of hot water. After boiling, close the lid, reduce heat and cook until rice is done. 

*If you prefer using brown rice, soak rice in boiling hot water for an hour and drain prior to adding in your dish.

Filiz Arslan

Jumadi al-Awwal 1442