Labneh

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The third and final dish of the Lebanese cuisine theme is Labneh which stands testimony to the fact that not all awesome dishes need to have a tough recipe. Labneh is seen as Lebanese cream cheese and is just as thick and creamy. And all you need to make yourself a batch of labneh is patience – lots of it. This is a no cook recipe and so it is very easy. But if you need a batch of labneh today, you need to have started making it two days ago. Yes, it takes that long but we know it is quite worth the wait.

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Makes one bowl of labneh

Recipe adapted from here

WHAT WE NEED

Greek yogurt / thick curds                500gms

Fresh lemon juice                               1/4 tsp

Salt                                                          a pinch

Zaatar powder                                      1 tbsp

Olive oil                                                  2-3 tbsp
WHAT TO DO

  • Take a cheesecloth and line it over a bowl
  • In another bowl, mix the yogurt, lemon juice and salt
  • Transfer the yogurt mixture onto the cheesecloth
  • Tie up the cheesecloth over a ladle or large spoon such that the cheesecloth does not touch the bottom of the bowl similar to how it is done to obtain hung curd
  • This ensures that the whey drained from the yogurt will not find its way back into the cheesecloth
  • Keep the yogurt with the bowl in the refrigerator for around 24 hours
  • After 12 hours, check the bowl and pour the whey out of the bowl
  • After 24 hours, transfer the hung curd mixture to a bowl
  • Add the olive oil and zaatar powder
  • Serve cold with vegetable slices or warm pita bread
  • Enjoy!

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This is my post for the Blogging Marathon under the theme, ‘Lebanese cuisine’.
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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Ritu Tangri says:

    Yeah, it indeed is a very simple recipe…worth that wait

  2. Now I can survive on this for a day..I simply love it and make it very often, but I have yet to try zaatar and Lebneh. I have always used different herbs and spices.good one.

  3. Anlet Prince says:

    the best part is it is a no cook recipe. Simply can make in minutes and enjoy

  4. Mayuri Patel says:

    A good dip to have with so many things. I can eat this everyday.

  5. Varada says:

    Olive oil and zataar in hung curd sounds delicious. Enjoyed all the dishes in your series.

  6. Simply drooling over the labneh.. Lovely recipe.. Gotta try it out!!

  7. I have made labneh but addition of zaatar must make it so full of flavour. Loved all the three dishes this week.

  8. Padmajha PJ says:

    I love that spread in the final pic. I have bookmarked this dish but never got around to preparing this!!

  9. I tried it once and wasnt a fan but I also dont like cream cheese except in cheesecake so…

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