Spinach With Garlic (Hindbeh)

The Lebanese cuisine is filled with so many amazing vegan options and this is one of them. I will be in Lebanon next week which is SO exciting, I will make sure to update my instagram (rana.banana) with all the yummy vegan finds!

Traditionally this is made with swiss chard leaves and is called Hindbeh, however it is not so easy to find fresh swiss chard in Dubai so we used Spinach instead. By we, I mean my father and I 🙂

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My father is a great cook, I guess he gets it from my grandfather who was also a Chef, the cooking gene runs in my family! Here is me and my dad on my wedding day 🙂



  • 5 cups of fresh spinach
  • 2 red onions sliced thinly
  • 4 garlic cloves sliced thinly and 2 garlic crushed
  • 1 cup coriander
  • 2 green onions chopped finely
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp samac
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil

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  1. Wash the fresh spinach and take the leaves off the stem. Add the spinach to boiling water pot, they will need about 5 minutes to wilt down.
  2. While the spinach is cooking, add the olive oil to a pan to sautee the red onions first for about 2 minutes once they start to brown add in the garlic,coriander and green onion.
  3. After the spinach has wilted down, remove the spinach from the pot and empty it from any water by squeezing it out of it. Add back to the pan where the other ingredients have been sauteing. This will need about 5 – 7 minutes of cooking until the ingredients have infused with each other.
  4. Once done, turn off the heat and add in the lemon juice and samac

If needed you can add in more olive oil or salt, but I am trying to cut back on both and feel this dish already has enough flavours


6 thoughts on “Spinach With Garlic (Hindbeh)

  1. This looks so good! Really looking to explore middle eastern cooking a bit more over the next few months, so will definitely be checking out your blog for inspiration.

    I just came back from Turkey and had some amazing food there, which hopefully I’ll put up on my blog by the end of the week.

    Anyways, thanks for sharing Rana! Have a great trip!

    Health Room

    • Hi Jessie! I have heard other people calling it dandelion as well, but when I asked around the Arab community here most of them seem to be using swiss chard! All yummy to me 🙂

      Thanks for visiting my blog!

  2. Is this a lebanese dish? hmmm.. my first time eating lebanese food at Zahr El-Laymoun is a great experience. I never thought I would like it but their foods are really superb.

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