Labneh is a delicious traditional dip–tangy, thick, creamy yogurt cheese packed with nutritious fruits and spices, served as a dip with pita bread or as a spread in sandwiches. An easy-to-make recipe and very versatile!
For the Labneh –
- 1 cup Greek yogurt/ hung curd
- 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons of water
- Lemon zest
To serve with –
- 1 firm mango (cut into chunks)
- ½ cup diced plums
- ½ cup diced peaches
- 8–9 fresh cherries
- 1 teaspoon star anise
- 1 teaspoon fennel
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon black cardamom
For the Labneh
- In a wide bowl, mix the Greek yogurt with coconut sugar, cardamom powder, lemon juice, and lemon zest.
- Mix together well; add little water to achieve desired labneh consistency.
- Take a large fine sieve lined with a muslin cloth and set that over a bowl. Transfer the mixture inside to the cloth, and tie it or seal it tightly with a rubber band.
- Place heavyweight over the cloth and keep that in the fridge overnight or for up to 2 days.
- The whey will separate from the solids, and you’ll get the creamy labneh dip. Once the labneh has drained and thickened, remove it from the fridge.
To serve with –
- Heat a pan on flame. Add chopped fruits, nuts, and spices. Stew them on a slow simmer for 15 minutes. Set them aside.
- Garnish the labneh with stewed fruits and serve immediately.
- Always cook the stone fruit in a pan over a slow simmer for 15 minutes before adding to the labneh.
- Make sure to use the sweeteners and flavorings, once the draining process is completed., otherwise, you will not get the flavor in the dessert.
- It is best to prepare the labneh a day ahead. You can store this labneh in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
- If you are left with some labneh dip, then don’t waste it. Apply leftover on toast, add to smoothies, or use as a garnish on desserts or cakes instead of using cream cheese.
- Category: Breakfast, Snacks
- Cuisine: Middle Eastern
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