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Spiced Labneh (Middle Eastern Yogurt Dip)

Neha Pahilwani
720 minutes
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4 People
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ABOUT Spiced Labneh (Middle Eastern Yogurt Dip) RECIPE

Labneh, in the Middle East is yogurt that has been strained to remove most of its whey, resulting in a thick and creamy consistency. It is a basic food at any local breakfast table. Labneh is a symbiosis of unique flavours. It may seem a simple recipe but its grandeur lies in its flavours. You can play around with the various Middle Eastern spices to infuse invigorating flavours in the Labneh.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Easy
  • Eid
  • Middle Eastern
  • Blending
  • Accompaniment
  • Healthy

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. 500 gram full fat yoghurt
  2. 1 teaspoon salt
  3. 4 to 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  4. 1/2 teaspoon sumac powder(dried berry powder)
  5. 2 teaspoons dried mint leaves crushed
  6. 1 teaspoon zaatar spice mix
  7. Chilli flakes and few parsley leaves for garnish


  1. Spoon the yogurt into a cheese cloth or muslin cloth. Add some salt. Bring up the corners of the cloth and tie them
  2. Leave the yogurt with cheese cloth in a strainer under which is a bowl to collect the whey.
  3. Keep it for 8 to 10 hours. You will get a thick lump of yogurt
  4. To this yogurt add sumac powder, zaater mix, dried mint leaves, chopped parsley and oregano. Leave it in the refrigerator for sometime to.let the flavours develop and infuse.
  5. Serve this labneh in a nice fancy bowl. Drizzle with extra virgin oil and sprinkle some more sumac powder and chilli flakes.
  6. Enjoy Labneh with flatbreads such as khuboos, manakesh or crudites

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