Labneh ~ Who ??


Wikipedia defines Labneh as ” Strained yogurt, yogurt cheese, labneh, or Greek yogurt is yogurt which has been strained in a cloth or paper bag or filter to remove the whey, giving a consistency between that of yogurt and cheese, while preserving yogurt’s distinctive sour taste.”

For someone who has resided all her life in the middle east, I really surprised myself when I actually wanted to investigate and try out something I always had an opinion about, having noticed this really interesting display of fresh salads with a tiny cup of Labneh at the Le Marche Market. What exactly did they mix in the bland Labneh to make it so tasty, I wondered. Although I have heard of Labneh nth number of times, but still have had a preconceived notion, that it is typically something that only the people of Levant like and it would not cater to the taste buds of us Indian folks.

And how my little experiment proved me wrong !!

Not only was my entire household licking every bit of the bowl from all angels but Ms Big-time-food-stuck-up-me was also relishing this super easy dip.

I would love to share this very simple recipe with all of you, my guests.

I dont think, anything, this delicious can be this simple but truth is, it really is.

Ingredients :-

1 packet of Lahneh (200 gms)
4 cloves of Garlic (crushed)
1 cucumber
a few sprigs of mint leaves
crushed dried mint is optional
3 red chillies (crushed into bits)
Salt to taste.
Olive Oil

Mix the labneh and keep whisking it with a fork till it becomes dip consistency. Add the crushed garlic gradually lest, the taste becomes to sharp for you. slice the cucumber with or without their peel, into thin slices and add to the mixture. Chop a few sprigs of mint leaves and throw it in. My Indian taste buds yearn for some tinge of spice, and hence I have added 3 crushed red chillies. You can opt for just one. Salt to taste. Drizzle alittle olive oil over it. Ofcourse, our house was far too desperate so the olive oil was spared.

If you would like, you could add 1 or half a chopped onion to make it a little more crunchy. (totally optional)

You can enjoy this as a dip with a bowl of sliced salads like carrots, cucumbers, celery, green pepper etc
Or it can be relished as a sauce with some khubz (arabic bread ) or pita bread.
Or it can even adorn your party table with some cheese sticks or tortillas.

With summer setting in soon in the west, this will make an excellent accompaniment with the barbecues too.

What I really found amusing is how, I had to ward off tiny fingers, for just a couple minutes so as to click a few quick snaps !!

Numerous ways to enjoy. Please share your experience here , if you have tried this lovely dip.

I am sharing this recipe with the following linking parties :

Flamingo Toes
Under the Table
I {heart} Nap Time
That DIY Party
Nifty Thrifty Things
Homemaker on a Dime
The Sunday Stop
It’s Overflowing
Bouquet of Talent Sunday Linky
Will Cook For Smiles
Bewitch Me & Titi
■Not “Baaad” Sundays at LambAround
■The Sunday Showcase Child Centered Linky Party at Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas (kid centered crafts, recipes)
■Sunday Showcase at Under the Table and Dreaming
■A Round Tuit at Creating My Way to Success {crafts and recipes}
■Marvelous Mondays at This Gal Cooks
■Sweet Sharing Monday at Say Not Sweet Anne
■Mix it Up Monday at Flour Me With Love
■Made By You Monday at Skip To My Lou
■Making the World Cuter Monday
■Making Monday Marvelous at C.R.A.F.T
■Motivate Me Monday at Keeping It Simple
■Monday Link Party at Craft-O-Maniac
■More the Merrier Monday at The DIY Home Sweet Home Project
■Market Yourself Monday at Sumo’s Sweet Stuff
■Mad Skills Party at Mad in Crafts
■Craftastic Link Party at Sew Can Do
■Just Something I Whipped Up at The Girl Creative

Many regards and Bon Appetite !!


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