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Homemade Labneh Recipe

Homemade Labneh Recipe - Make Labneh at Home

Recipe for Best Homemade Labneh. It is also called labna, labni, lebni, or labani

Homemade Labneh Recipe is very simple to make, however, it does consume some bits of one’s time. Having said that it is totally worth the effort. If you’ve never had labneh before, then you’re in for a real treat. This best homemade labneh recipe makes a thick, creamy spread.

Homemade Labneh Recipe – Labneh Ready & Plated with Pimento & Za’atar.

Homemade Labneh Recipe

Throughout the Middle East, Labneh is a common addition to mezze platters, where it’s served as a dip with olive oil and spices, but the uses for it don’t end there. You can dot it onto salads, dollop it onto pizza, slather it onto sandwiches, and more!

You can also roll this very thick strained yoghurt into little balls each the size of a walnut, to serve either steeped in olive oil and garlic to smear on flatbreads, or drenched in icing sugar to serve with soft fruit as a pudding.

Homemade Labneh Recipe is very simple to make, however, it does consume some bits of one’s time. Having said that it is totally worth the effort. If you’ve never had labneh before, then you’re in for a real treat.

Labneh is a Middle Eastern (Origins seem to be Lebanese) dish made from curds or yoghurt (Laban) strained off the liquid whey until it is the consistency of cream cheese.

That is why, some call it yoghurt cheese, others call it the Lebanese cream cheese but it is most commonly known as Labneh. It is a staple on any breakfast menu in the Middle East and surely is one of my favourite dips to dips the snacks in.

Labneh also forms an integral part of Meze or Mezze as does Hummus bi Tahina.

In India, we are all Master Chefs when we make homemade curd or yoghurt even though at times we pick up cups of ready-made yoghurt from the hypermarkets. We are experts nevertheless. To make Labneh is taking humble curds to yet another level.

Well!! After all this Homemade Labneh Recipe requires cheese to be made out of curd by draining out the whey and adding salt and lemon juice (optional) to it.

So if you like cream cheese, Labneh will take you to another level since it is similar in consistency yet better than cream cheese. Compared to cream cheese Labneh is much healthier and lighter in calories.

To make Labneh the best choice it to use homemade curds, however, you can make it using regular yoghurt or fat-free yoghurt as well. Regular homemade labneh recipe makes Labneh that (hung from anywhere from 6 – 12 hours) lasts for 2-3 weeks when refrigerated.

Strain it further for 24 hours, roll it into balls and you will get a Labneh that is called “Labneh Makbouseh” or “Labneh Korat” and means “Labneh balls” which can be stored for almost a year when submerged in olive oil and refrigerated.

So, while Labneh as a dip is consumed fresh, you can say Labneh Makbouseh is pickled to last a bit longer, if it would (hehehe … ) since I have never been able to save even a small bowl till date.

For flavouring and garnishing Labneh further, you will need olive oil and herbs like oregano, mint, parsley, za’atar mix, sumac, pepper, chilli flakes. You can even dunk cucumbers, olives and/or celery sticks and munch on them. Pretty much use whatever you wish too.

Eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner or as a snack. I usually add minced garlic to my Labneh dip but not while making Labneh Makbouseh.

Here is my homemade labneh recipe. Enjoy 🙂

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Homemade Labneh Recipe is very simple to make, however, it does consume some bits of one’s time. Having said that it is totally worth the effort. If you’ve never had labneh before, then you’re in for a real treat.
Course Condiment, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Diet Vegetarian
Keyword Homemade Labneh, Labneh, Labneh Recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Resting Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 5 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 75kcal
Author Sumit Malhotra

Ingredients

  • 2 Cup Curds or Yogurt Homemade is best. Others are fine too.
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic Finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon Table Salt or Sea Salt if you must
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice Optional (I like it for added tang)
  • 2 Tablespoon Olive Oil I used Extra Virgin for a drizzle
  • 1 Teaspoon Za’atar Spice Mix
  • 1 Teaspoon Pimento or Cherry Pepper

Instructions

  • Hang the curds or yoghurt in clean porous cotton fabric or cheesecloth or multiple layers of kitchen towels or even a fine metallic sieve.
  • Add salt, garlic and lemon juice. Use of lemon juice and garlic is optional. I like it to be a bit tangy so I add them.
  • Let this hang for 12 hours in a sieve or a strainer lined with the cotton fabric or even without it. Let the whey drain out in a container below it. If you want it sooner you can even remove it after 6 hours.
  • Move your spatula to make uneven surfaces on the surface of Labneh and garnish with za’atar spice and pimento.
  • Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.
  • Serve with your chosen snack or nuts, kebabs, pita bread and celery sticks. Everything goes with this delicious creation.

Adaptations & Suggestions for Homemade Labneh

Possibilities with Best Homemade Labneh

While the recipe listed here is as close it can get to authentic, you should try out to adapt it to your tastes. I am positive that you will be really happy with the results.

  • If you run short of labneh, here is a trick. Add some sour cream to it. To make sour cream at home, follow this recipe.
  • Za’atar spice is easily available in premium stores in India now, though it is definitely costly. The one I picked up is Rs.225 for a mere 38 grams. You can easily replace this with oregano, parsley, thyme, chives or even a mixture of all these. By all means, use that saved pizza seasoning of yours.
  • I used za’atar spice and pimento. If you do not have these handy, use herbs like oregano, mint, parsley, pepper, chilli flakes, leftover Italian seasoning that you saved after gobbling down that pizza.
  • Play around with lemon, garlic and olive oil to suit your taste.
  • Serve Labneh with pita bread or chips to get the Lebanese feel at home.
  • Use it for your sandwiches instead of butter for that healthy touch.
  • If making it for kids, add some bits of honey or even jam to it. I can assure you, they will love every bit of it. With this homemade labneh recipe, possibilities are endless.

FINALLY, TO SUM IT UP

Homemade Labneh Recipe

Homemade Labneh Recipe is very simple to make, however, it does consume some bits of one’s time. Having said that it is totally worth the effort. If you’ve never had labneh before, then you’re in for a real treat.

This best homemade labneh recipe makes a thick, creamy spread.

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