Ispanak Tepsi Börek


by: Reshmi Ahmed

Börek is a common term for all pastries that use Turkish yufka i.e. phyllo dough. Depending upon the filling, the shape and sometimes the region, the term börek is preceded by a descriptive noun : Kiymali börek (Mincedmeat börek), or ispanak börek (Spinach börek) and the most common style being a layered one. Tepsi in Turkish literally translates as "tray". Spinach börek is definitely the nation-wide favourite and my favourite too !


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serves: 4-5

1 pkt Phyllo dough sheets/Yufka Pastry Sheets (contains about 6 sheets)


1 cup Spinach (fresh or frozen)

2 Potatoes (cooked and mashed)

100 g Goat cheese

1/2 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp Pepper powder

1 Garlic pod (crushed)


1/3 cup Olive oil

2 Eggs

1 cup Milk


1 Egg yellow for egg wash

2 tbsp Nigella seeds

Nutrition Facts
Ispanak Tepsi Börek

Servings Per Recipe: 4

Amount per Serving

Calories: 577

  • Total Fat: 34.5 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 10.6 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 153.8 mg
  • Sodium: 660.7 mg
  • Total Carbs: 51 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 6.2 g
  •     Sugars: 6.2 g
  • Protein: 17.2 g

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1.  Preparation of the filling, heat the oil and add the potatoes, spinach (thaw the spinach first, if using a frozen one), salt, garlic and pepper and fry for about 4 minutes.

2.  In a small bowl, mix this potato mixture and the goat cheese and mix well with a fork.

3.  In a separate bowl, add the olive oil, milk and beat in the 2 eggs and mix well to form the sauce.

4.  Grease a deep bottom tray, approx. 8 x 11.5 inches, with olive oil( or a pan that is about the same size with the phyllo sheets).

5.  Layer 1 phyllo sheet in the tray. Leave the overhanging phyllo to the sides for the final wrapping.

6.  Brush this layer with the egg-oil-milk sauce generously

7.  Repeat this layering of phyllo for 3 sheets, brushing every single layer generously with the sauce. The phyllo layered here should not be overhanging, just cut them into small sizes or bits and pieces to fit into the tray. They need not be very perfectly shaped.The idea is to just cover the underlying sauce !

8.  After the third layer of phyllo, do not add the egg sauce. Place the filling now and cover it again with another phyllo layer.

9.  Keep repeating the alternating process of sauce and phyllos. (You could layer as many layers as you want depending upon your available phyllos and sauce).

10.  Finally tuck and wrap the overhanging first phyllo on the top to cover all the underlying layers. Pour over whatever is left from the sauce on top.

11.  Give an egg wash by brushing the surface with egg yellow.

12.  Cut the phyllos in small square pieces with a knife, like how you cut a cake.

13.  Sprinkle nigella seeds on the top.

14.  Place the tray in a preheated oven at 180°C and bake it for about 30 minutes until the surface turns golden brown.

15.  Wait for 10- 15 minutes and cut again on the pre-cut squares and serve with tea !

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