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Georgian Spinach Walnut Balls

Spinach Walnut Balls

This traditional Georgian dish is also served as a dip.
Course Side Dish
Keyword Georgian cuisine
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 21 minutes
Servings 4 appetizer servings
Calories 110 kcal


  • 2 bunches fresh spinach about 1 pound, stems trimmed, rinsed well
  • 1/3 cup walnuts finely chopped
  • 1/2 small onion finely minced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon fenugreek powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • dash of cayenne powder
  • 2 teaspoons tarragon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • salt to taste
  • pomegranate seeds for garnish
  • fresh chopped cilantro or parsley for garnish


  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add spinach leaves and cook until just tender, about 1 minute. Let cool, then squeeze dry. Place in a food processor and process until finely chopped, but not overly pureed.
  2. Combine walnuts, onion, garlic, cilantro, fenugreek powder, coriander powder, cayenne, tarragon vinegar and water in a medium bowl. Add chopped spinach and mix well. Season to taste with a little salt.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for 6-8 hours to let flavors melt together.
  4. Use a spoon to scoop out little balls of spinach walnut dip. Form round balls, make an indentation in the center.
  5. Place a few pomegranate seeds in the indentation and sprinkle with fresh chopped cilantro or parsley

Recipe Notes

For added fragrance and flavor, I pan toasted whole coriander seeds and ground them.

Nutrition Facts
Spinach Walnut Balls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 110 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Sodium 135mg6%
Potassium 1011mg29%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 15955IU319%
Vitamin C 49mg59%
Calcium 181mg18%
Iron 4.9mg27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.