Spinach, Carrots, & Potatoes (Mbogga/Isbinaasho) Epinards, Carottes, Pommes de Terre

Spinach, Carrots, & Potatoes (Mbogga/Isbinaasho) Epinards, Carottes, Pommes de Terre


This is a healthy and great-tasting vegetable dish made of spinach and chunky mashed potatoes and carrots. You can serve it as a side dish or you can eat it with bread, muufo, anjero, rice, or you can even toss it with fresh pasta. 

It is an easy dish and is nutritious at the same time. We boiled the carrots and potatoes whole, in order to preserve more nutritional value. However, if you are pressed for time, dice the potatoes and carrots before boiling. This will cut the cooking time by more than half. Remember though, that if the size of the dice is the same for the carrots and potatoes, then the potatoes will be done first.

In Somalia, and elsewhere in East Africa, this is a budget-friendly dish that helps stretch home finances up until the next pay cheque.


Il s’agit d’un plat de légumes sain et goûteux fait avec des épinards, de grosses pommes de terre et des carottes. Vous pouvez le servir comme plat d’accompagnement ou vous pouvez le manger avec du pain, du muufo, de l’anjero, du riz, ou vous pouvez même le mêler à des pâtes fraîches.

Ce plat est facile à réaliser et nourrissant en même temps. Nous avons bouilli les carottes et les pommes de terre entières, pour conserver plus de nutriments. Sinon, si vous êtes pressés par le temps, découper les pommes de terre et les carottes en cubes avant de les faire bouillir. Cela réduira le temps de cuisson de plus de moitié. N’oubliez pas cependant que si les morceaux de carottes et de pommes de terre ont la même taille, les pommes de terre seront cuites en premier.

En Somalie, et ailleurs en Afrique de l’Est, c’est un plat économique qui permet de faire durer les finances jusqu’au salaire suivant.



Serves 6 (as a side dish)

2                                                Potatoes
2                                                Carrots
2 litres                                        Water
¼ cup (59 mL)                              Olive oil
1                                                Onion (diced)
1 Tbsp (15 mL)                             Vegetable seasoning
2                                                Tomatoes (peeled & diced)
1 lb (454 g)                                  Spinach

Waxa loo baahanyahay:   

(Q.W. waa qaaddo weyn – midda cunnada lagu cuno) (q.y. waa qaaddo yar)

2                                                Bataato (Baradho)
2                                                Karooto
2 litir                                          Biyo
¼ koob (59 mL)                            Saliidda oliivada
1                                                Basal (jarjaran)
1 Q.W. (15 mL)                             Maraq dajaaj
2                                                Yaanyo (fiiq oo jarjar)

1 lb (454 g)                                  Isbinaasho

Waxay ku-filan tahay 6 qofood (haddii cunnoyin kale lagu cunaayo)

Sida loo kariyay waxaa ka-fiirsataa ‘video’ga.



Pour 6 parts (en accompagnement)

2 Pommes de terre
2 Carottes
2 Litres d’Eau
¼ de mesure (59 mL) d’Huile d’Olive
1 Oignon haché
1 cs (15 mL) d’assaisonnement pour légumes (ex épices pour légumes)
2 Tomates (pelées et hachées)
1 livre (454 g) d’Epinards



In a large pot set on medium heat, put the potatoes, carrots, and the water. Boil for 30-45 minutes (depending on the size of the carrots) or until the carrots become fork tender. Remove the carrots.

Continue boiling the potatoes for another 15-20 minutes (depending on the size of the potatoes) or until the potatoes become fork tender. Remove from the pot and let cool.

In a pan set on high heat, saute the onions in the olive oil for 3 minutes. Add the vegetable seasoning and cook for 3 more minutes, then add the tomatoes and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

Add the spinach, then cover and cook for 10 minutes. While the spinach is cooking, peel the potatoes and mash them with a fork then do the same with the carrots. Make the mash chunky.

After the spinach has cooked for 10 minutes, add the chunky mashed potatoes and carrots. Stir well, then cover and cook for 5 minutes.



Dans un grand faitout chauffé à feu moyen, mettre les pommes de terre, les carottes, et l’eau. Faire bouillir pendant 30 à 45 minutes (suivant la taille des carottes) ou jusqu’à ce que les carottes deviennent tendres sous la fourchette. Retirer les carottes.

Faire bouillir les pommes de terre 15 à 30 minutes de plus (suivant la taille des pommes de terre) ou jusqu’à ce que les pommes de terre soient tendres quand piquées avec une fourchette. Les retirer du faitout et laisser refroidir.

Dans une sauteuse chauffée à feu fort, faire sauter les oignons dans l’huile d’olive pendant 3 minutes. Ajouter l’assaisonnement pour légumes et cuire 3 minutes de plus, puis ajouter les tomates et cuire 5 minutes de plus.

Ajouter les épinards, couvrir et cuire pendant 10 minutes. Pendant que les épinards cuisent, peler les pommes de terre et écraser à la fourchette puis faire de même avec les carottes. Faire une purée grossière avec des morceaux.

Une fois les épinards cuits 10 minutes, ajouter les pommes de terre et les carottes en purée. Bien mélanger, puis couvrir et cuire pendant 5 minutes.

Cooking the carrots & potatoes - Cuire les carottes et les pommes de terre 

1.Dans un grand faitout chauffé à feu moyen, mettre les pommes de terre, les carottes, et l’eau.
Faire bouillir pendant 45 minutes.
2. Retirer les carottes.
3. Faire bouillir les pommes de terre 15 minutes de plus.
4. Peler les pommes de terre lorsqu’elles sont refroidies.
5. Écraser les pommes de terre et les carottes à la fourchette.

Cooking the spinach - Cuire les épinards 

1. Dans une sauteuse chauffée à feu moyen, faire sauter les oignons dans l’huile d’olive
pendant 3 minutes.
2. Ajouter l’assaisonnement à légumes et cuire 3 minutes.
3. Ajouter les tomates et cuire 5 minutes.
4. Ajouter les épinards et cuire 10 minutes.
5. Ajouter les pommes de terre et les carottes écrasées.

Spinach, Carrots, & Potatoes (Mbogga/Isbinaasho) Epinards, Carottes, Pommes de Terre




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65 Responses to Spinach, Carrots, & Potatoes (Mbogga/Isbinaasho) Epinards, Carottes, Pommes de Terre
  1. umu usra
    March 7, 2012 | 8:53 pm

    Mashaa Allaah. waa cunto macaan badan hadana caafimaad leh. aad ayaan ugu farxay markaan arkay. Illaahay ha idinka farxiyo aamiin.

    • A&L
      March 7, 2012 | 9:04 pm

      Aad ayaad u-mahadsantahay! Isbinaashadaan aad ayaan u-jecel nahay. Khayr badan Allaha ku-siiyo.

  2. khadija
    March 7, 2012 | 9:00 pm


    A&L. aad iyo aad ayad u mahadsantihin, walaalo waxa aad tihiin laba ruxo oo umada intii baratay iyo walidkuba u duceeeyay. Dish kasta oo aad samaysaanba aad ayu noo cajabgaliya dhman dawasdysh qimaha leh iyo anigaba, mrksta shaqo wacan ayaad no qabtaan, ihay ha idiinka ajar siyo waad salamantihin.

    • A&L
      March 7, 2012 | 9:11 pm

      Walaal Khadiija, khayr fara badan oo aan dhammaan Ilaahey ha-kusiiyo. Waxaad ka-mid tahay dadka mar walba nala socda oo mar walbana faallooyin qora. Mahadsanid!

  3. ameerali
    March 7, 2012 | 10:04 pm

    assalamu alikum, a&l i love ur cooking,i made the yeasted cake its came out very good.

    • A&L
      March 9, 2012 | 11:54 pm

      Thank you! Glad you like the cake. Keep cooking!

  4. umu hanad
    March 8, 2012 | 4:18 am

    maasha alaah aad &aad ayaad u mahadsantihiin qeer ilaahay ha idin siiyo

    • A&L
      March 10, 2012 | 12:00 am

      Mahadsanid inaad nala soo xiriirtay. Khayr ayaan kuu rajeynaynaa.

  5. umu marya
    March 8, 2012 | 9:27 am

    jazakallahu qeyran i really love your website and thank you for your time and effort you put on it, i was kindly requesting if we can have a demonistaration and the ingredients on how to make homemade pizza. shukran

    • A&L
      March 10, 2012 | 12:03 am

      We make great homemade pizza that gets excellent reviews from everyone who tastes it. Insha-Allah we will tell you all the secrets of making easy and fantastic pizza at home.

  6. shoobto
    March 9, 2012 | 6:16 am

    Abaayo thank u sooooooooo much for this dish i love veg and i`ve just cooked for lunch it`s easy and delicious.before i did not like cooking at all but now i`m enjoying it thanks 2 u.i wish u all the best

    • A&L
      March 10, 2012 | 12:10 am

      We are happy we got you into the kitchen! The videos remove the mystery from cooking, don’t they? All the best to you.

  7. umutasneem
    March 10, 2012 | 7:23 am

    asalamaucalaykum w.w.barakatuhu
    walaal spinach ka frozenka ah ma loo isticmaali karaa dish kaan

    • A&L
      March 11, 2012 | 12:32 am

      Wacalaykum Assalaam Waraxmatullaahi Wabarakaatuhu,
      Isbinaashada frozen-ka waa la-isticmaali karaa. Waad ku-mahadsantahay su’aasha.

  8. Fardous
    March 12, 2012 | 12:45 am


    I’m new to the site and I’m so thankful I stumbled into it;-) Just the other day, I was thinking how I was going to sneak in some veggies into my kids foods and this absolutely did the trick!

    Thank you very much and keep up the good work IA:-)

    • A&L
      March 12, 2012 | 11:45 pm

      Thank you very much for the feedback. Yes, we need to find creative ways to get the kids to eat vegetables.

  9. Naima
    March 12, 2012 | 11:47 pm

    Asc A&L,

    Thanks so much A&L aad iyo aad ayuu u macaana dishka waana easy and healthy,.. my husband ayaan cawa casho ahaan u siiyay wuuna ka heley.again and again thanks….cafimaad iyo cimir dheer ayaan idiin rajeynaa.

    • A&L
      March 13, 2012 | 12:03 am

      Thank you, Naima. It is nice to hear that you and your husband liked it. We will post more healthy vegetable recipes, God willing.

  10. Manal
    March 15, 2012 | 1:39 am

    U guyz r amazing .. Masha Allah .. I love checking ur page every time am having visitors, and surely i get some great ideas from u.. Thanks a lot, May Allah bless u, kheir fara badanna ha idin siiyo insha Allah… Greetings from Somalia :)

    • A&L
      March 15, 2012 | 11:10 pm

      Thank you very much! Aad ayaan ugu faraxsannahay inaad Soomaaliya ka-fiirsatid Xawaash.

  11. Laila
    March 18, 2012 | 5:31 am

    I’m trying this recipe today, with a rice accompaniment. Let’s hope it turns out as delicious as it looks on your picture. I’m planning on adding some pilipili to the mix ;)

    • A&L
      March 18, 2012 | 3:12 pm

      With pilipil… That sounds delicious! :)

  12. Huda
    March 18, 2012 | 6:39 pm

    I tried this the other day and ate it with pasta drizzled with some lemon yum yummy cant wait to make it again insha allah!

    • A&L
      March 18, 2012 | 7:35 pm

      Nice! :)

  13. Huda
    March 19, 2012 | 6:20 pm

    Nice indeed :-) I had an idea the other day, not sure what you will think! Because everyone including myself are very thankful for the hard work you put into this website, I was thinking if we gave you some of our favorite individual recipes and then you can try it yourself and maybe even post and share with everyone else? Not sure what everyone else think’s but I will be first to share with you a recipe insha allah

    • A&L
      March 22, 2012 | 1:06 pm

      Already tired of our recipes? :)
      Actually your idea is brilliant and insha-Allah we will implement it. We have a list of recipes we hope to post and right after that, we will definitely make room for your input. Thanks a lot!

  14. Huda
    March 23, 2012 | 6:54 am

    Not at all walaahay. I know you guys have a lot of recipes to share, hence the reason your site is checked daily. But I thought it was a nice ‘thank you’ idea so you guys can also try our favorite recipes which have either been past on to us by family/friends or have come across on websites for you to share with your loved ones!

    • A&L
      March 25, 2012 | 12:54 pm

      Thank you very much, Huda. We would love to receive the recipes that you cherish and would like to share with us and the rest of the Xawaash family. It is indeed very generous of you. One of our dreams was to make this website a repository for traditional recipes from Somalia, its neighbours and beyond. Please send us the recipes and we will gladly post them.

  15. A
    March 25, 2012 | 3:39 pm

    I must’ve been ogling this recipe (every few days, like clockwork) ever since it was posted and I finally gave it a try today. Let me reiterate the sentiments in all the other comments and say it was amazing! I’ve been living off lentils and various beans for a few months so the change was welcomed by my appetite with open arms.

    Just a quick question – if I make an extremely large batch of this, do you think it’d be as delicious (or close enough) if I were to freeze them in small tupperware and defrost it whenever I want. I think it’d make great lunchbox wraps! I think I may even offer it at the next foodie gathering I attend :)

    I know it might be a little hard with Somali food, but more veggie recipes, please!

    • A&L
      March 25, 2012 | 9:08 pm

      Who said that finding more Somali veggie recipes was hard? :) We have a few more up our sleeves and we will pull them out soon, God willing.
      This veggie dish freezes very well.

      • A
        March 27, 2012 | 9:07 am

        It must be my ignorance, then. Most of the dishes I ate growing up (including this one) had some sort of meat involved. I look forward to seeing what you have in store, though :)

        • A&L
          March 28, 2012 | 9:25 pm

          We will post more veggie recipes. Thank you very much.

  16. Huda
    March 29, 2012 | 6:51 am

    Ok – one of my quick recipes is Maraq (tend to do this on lazy day’s lol)
    I use lamb shoulder, add Maggi cube and onions. When meat has browned a bit, I add garlic, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, Parsnips and then leave it for a few minutes, then add one de-seeded Jalapeno and finally broccoli at the end. It comes out amazing and we usually have it with rice or Tiger Bread. I don’d add any spices to this as I don’t think its needed – but its up to you! you can also use whatever veg you have!

    • A&L
      March 29, 2012 | 10:23 pm

      Thank you very much, Huda. It sounds great and we are sure it will taste amazing! Thank you for sharing it with us.

  17. Naciima cadeey
    April 5, 2012 | 9:14 am

    Asc wr wbr maasha Allah webkiina aad ayaan uga helay jzk Allah kheyran runtii wn kabartay qaar cunto karin ah aad iyo aad ayaad u mahadsantihiin walaalayaal :D :D :D

    • A&L
      April 6, 2012 | 12:27 am

      Adigaa mahadda mudan walaal.

  18. yasmeen
    April 14, 2012 | 10:09 am

    hello A&L, Thanks alot for this recipe and the hard work. I have a question, since i dont like potatoes, what else can i add instead of potatoes? or can i cook without it?

    • A&L
      April 14, 2012 | 9:47 pm

      You can substitute white beans for the potatoes. Sometimes we cook without potatoes and carrots and just add a little cream cheese. Thank you very much.

  19. ifka
    April 29, 2012 | 4:55 am

    thank you so much for ur recip i really like it

    • A&L
      April 29, 2012 | 1:16 pm

      You are most welcome.

  20. Ebyan
    May 1, 2012 | 1:01 pm

    salama aleikum walal, waxaa rabay inaa ku waydiiyo. fate muus ma sameeyn kartaa? Masha Allah you are very good.

    • A&L
      May 1, 2012 | 7:03 pm

      Wacalaykum Assalaam Waraxmatullaahi Wabarakaatuhu,
      Hadduu Ilaahey idmo waan soo gelin doonnaa. Mahadsanid walaal.

  21. anwar xashi
    May 1, 2012 | 5:15 pm

    yasalaam waxaan umaleynaa in aan hada aduunka la tartamikarno waxaan ahaan jirtney umada uu ka qaldanyahey sameynta cuntada balse maanta waa malni cajiib ah xawaash.com you are the best chefs ever nice pp

    • A&L
      May 1, 2012 | 7:25 pm

      Aad iyo aad ayaa ugu mahadsantahay faalladaada fiican iyo xamaasaddaada. Waxaad tahay qof jecel horumarka dalkiisa iyo dadkiisa.

  22. anwar xashi
    May 1, 2012 | 5:16 pm

    masah alah walahi waad iga farxiseen xawaash .com

    • A&L
      May 1, 2012 | 7:29 pm

      Anagana aad ayaan ugu faraxsannahay.

  23. Maryam
    June 12, 2012 | 5:30 pm

    Easy way to cook, I liked the recipe, it is creative and can’t wait to try it. Keep up the good work.

    • A&L
      June 12, 2012 | 8:28 pm

      Thank you very much.

  24. fardus
    July 20, 2012 | 2:05 am

    asalamu calaykum wr wb thankz A&L dadalkiina meeshaas ka sii wda ilahayna ha idinla garab galo inshalaah

    • A&L
      July 21, 2012 | 1:30 am

      Mahadsanid walaal. Ramadaan kariim.

  25. fardus
    July 26, 2012 | 3:30 pm

    asalmucalykum wr wb mashalaah inaba caadi ma aha spinash kiina caadi ma ahaan waa sameyeey aad beey uga heleen ilmahayga iyo odaygaygaba waad mahdsan tihiin ilaahey ajar iyo xasanaat ha idinka siiyo daadalkiina akhiiro fil jano aan idiin rajeenaya inshalaah A$L

    • A&L
      July 26, 2012 | 4:10 pm

      Aad ayaan ugu faraxnay odaygaada iyo ilmahaada inay jeclaadeen isbinaashada. Aad ayaa ugu mahadsan tahay faalladaada fiican iyo ducadaada. Qayr ayaan kuu rajaynaynaa. Ramadaan Kariim.

  26. Asha Abdullahi
    October 11, 2012 | 9:30 pm

    Asc A&L mashaAllaah qeer aan idinka dhamaan ilaahey ha idin siiyo hadaan week galin websitkaan waxaan dareeymaa ineey wax Iga maqan yihiin inshaAllaah ilaahey waxaan idinkaga rajeynaa Adunya fil nimca Aaqira fil Janna inshaAllaah Waad mahadsan tihiin jazakallaahu kheeyr bacdal kheeyr janat”naciim

    • A&L
      October 11, 2012 | 9:43 pm

      Wacalaykum Assalaam Waraxmatullaahi Wabarakaatuh,
      Aad iyo aad ayaa ugu mahadsan tahay faallada wacan iyo ducada qaaliga ah. Ilaahay waxaan kaaga baryaynaa qayr aad u-badan oo aad dhammaan.

  27. iman
    May 19, 2013 | 2:38 pm

    masha allah waxan idin leehay shaqo wacan umada somaliyeed shaqo wacan baad u heysaan waxaa noo keentaa bariis & qudaarleysku karinayo & oo waliba biyo aan lagu tabaneen ban arkay walaalo you to ka wadan mahadsan tihiin wanga walaalhey thanks alot

    • A&L
      May 20, 2013 | 1:23 am

      Walaal, waa ku mahadsan tahay faallada wacan. Waxay nala tahay bariiska aad tilmaantay inuu yahay Surbiyaan qudaar. Hadduu Eebbe idmo waan soo gelin doonnaa.

  28. Kalkaal
    May 27, 2013 | 6:00 pm

    A/C, Akhyaarta A&L waa ku mahadsantihiin dadaalkiina dheeriga ah;

    saaxiibayaal webkan dhowaan ayaan ogaadey aadna waa ugu farxay inkastoo aana weli helin Video-ga halka laga doorto.

    • A&L
      May 28, 2013 | 3:53 pm

      Wacalaykum Assalaam Waraxmatullaahi Wabarakaatuh.
      Waan ku faraxnay inaad ka heshay goobta Xawaash. Fiidiyaha wuxuu ku xigaa masawirka koowaad iyo sheekada. meesha gaduudan guji, waad fiirsan kartaa. Mahadsanid.

  29. nashaad abdulahi
    May 31, 2013 | 2:23 pm

    ASC masha allah inaba cadi ma ahaan wan ka helay qabka aad wax uu karineysan allah idiin xafido wadna ku mahadsantihiin sad inoo cawineysan allah iidn cawiyo

    • A&L
      May 31, 2013 | 11:09 pm

      Wacalaykum Assalaam Waraxmatullaahi Wabarakaatuh.
      Aad iyo aad ayaa ugu mahadsan tahay faallada qaaliga ah iyo ducada wacan. Waan ku faraxnay inaad ka heshay.

  30. kaafi abshir
    January 25, 2014 | 8:43 pm

    howl wanagsan oo dadka anfaca oo kharash la’aan ah ayaad qabaten, khasatan aniga in badan aan ka faidrystay, walalayal xogina allaha idin barakeyo, thnks

    • A&L
      January 26, 2014 | 7:17 pm

      Aamiin walaal. Aad iyo aad ayaa ugu mahadsan tahay faallada fiican. Qayr ayaan kuu rajaynaynaa.

  31. Inä Líbääx Sänkätååbtê
    June 20, 2014 | 12:27 pm

    Asc marka hore waa idin salaamay bahda reer xawaash
    waana ku mahadsantihiin sida quruxda badan aad dadka ugu faa’ideysaan
    mida kale waxaan qabaa su’aal
    inta aan ku shubin spinachka, marka hore biyo soo kuma kar karin kari si qaraarka uga baxo
    mase asagoo sidiisa ah ayaan inta jar jaro ku karinaa?

    • A&L
      June 21, 2014 | 8:23 pm

      Wacalaykum Assalaam Waraxmatullaahi Wabarakaatuh.
      Aad iyo aad ayaa ugu mahadsan tahay salaanta iyo faallada wacan.

      Annaga waxaan isticmaalnay isbinaashada yaryar (baby spinach) qaraar malahan. Isbinaashada waaweyn waqti yar biyo ku kari laakiinse ha ku daahinin. Kariska badanna qaraar ayuu keenaa.

      • Inä Líbääx Sänkätååbtê
        June 23, 2014 | 7:02 am

        aad iyo aad ayaa u mahadsantihiin sida quruxda badan ee aad iiga jawaabteen

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