I love spring! The local vegetable market is full of fresh mountain vegetables. The one leaf that has my attention since long is loboda – a bright purple colored leaf called purple spinach in English.
As soon as I brought it home, I asked my friend’s mom for their recipe and thus came Ciorba de loboda si stevie! A delicious Romanian sour soup made with loboda (purple spinach), stevie leaves, rice, and lots of vegetables. Stevie is another Romanian leafy veg of the season and adds a wonderful sour taste to the soup.
But while it may sound all exotic with these Romanian vegetables, the same recipe can be made with regular spinach as well. With rice and all the veggies, it is a healthy, hearty meal.