Labneh Dip – Delicious Middle Eastern Dip made from Hung Yoghurt

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Labneh Dip – Delicious Middle Eastern Dip

Yoghurt is called ‘Laban’ in the Middle East. ‘Labneh’ is this delicious, creamy dip which is made by hanging or straining the yoghurt to get it thickened to the consistency of cream cheese.

Although the prepared ‘Labneh’ can be eaten (plain) as it is with Arabic Bread, converting it into this creamy dip takes it to another level of deliciousness.

This Labneh Dip is so addictive, with the fresh sprinkling of herbs and spices and the luscious drizzle of olive oil. Perfect to mop up with a warm slice of Arabic Pita Bread! A regular item in the Middle Eastern Appetizers List or Mezze.

Goats Milk Yoghurt is best for making Labneh, but I make it with my Homemade Yoghurt (using Cows milk)

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Recipe Name: Labneh Dip 
Recipe Type: Dips 
Author: Shana c/o Recipes ‘R’ Simple
Prep time: 5
Inactive time: 8 hours plus
Total time: 8-10 hours
Yield:1 large bowl of Labneh – 8 servings

Labneh Dip – Delicious Middle Eastern Dip

delicious labneh dip


  • 1500 gms of home made yoghurt or store brought regular yoghurt. Goat milk yoghurt is considered best. I am using regular home made cows milk yoghurt. Weigh the yoghurt. If you don’t have 1500 gms, its ok, just reduce the salt . About ¼ tsp salt for every 500 gms / 1 lb 2 oz. Also reduce the herbs and spices accordingly.
  •  ¾ tsp salt
  • You will need a clean cheese cloth/ muslin cloth.

To serve:

  •  4-5 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large clove garlic, smashed/minced to a paste
  • 5 Tbsp, finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 ½ – 2 tsp dried mint
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp Za’atar (spice mix) – here’s the recipe for Za’atar
  • ¾ tsp sumac

Serve with:

  • Cucumber Slices, Diced Tomato  and Pita Bread (Khubz)


  • Weigh the yoghurt and add ¾ tsp per 500 gms. Stir.
  • labneh dip - start with yoghurt (laban)
  • Line a colander with a clean cheesecloth and place in/ over a larger bowl.
  • Labneh Dip cheesecloh over colander over bowl
  • Pour the yoghurt(laban) in slowly.
  • labneh dip - pour yoghurt into cheesecloth
  • Gather the sides of the cheese cloth to form a secure bundle without any yoghurt escaping from the sides. Hang this over the colander from the kitchen sink or some other medium.
  • labneh dip - hang overnight or as long as needed.

    I secure the bundle using cloth using these plastic clips.

  • If the outside temperature is not too hot, you can leave this overnight to strain. If its too warm, I suggest resting the bundle (tied up) on the colander, over the bowl – in the fridge.
  • You will see the whey is collected below. This whey can be used in making rice, soups etc or as a yoghurt starter.
  • If the bundle is resting on the colander: Make sure to remove the collected whey as it accumulates in order to keep the bottom of the bundle dry.
  • labneh dip whey is separated
  • Left overnight, check the consistency. We need to stop straining when it reaches a cream cheese like (spreadable) consistency.
  • labneh dip- cream cheese consistency
  • If you continue to strain the yoghurt, it will become thicker still. This is used to make labneh balls. For our dip, however we want it just spreadable.
  • Add the Labneh to a bowl. Whisk lightly. Add more salt (only if needed).
  • Mince the garlic to a paste and stir it in to incorporate.
  • Make a well in the centre of the labnah, by spreading out the sides with a spatula.
  •  Pour olive oil into the well.
  • Sprinkle decoratively all around the inner border: the chopped parsley in mounds, the dried mint all around the inner circle.
  • Sprinkle the sumac, za’atar and paprika in little mounds at intervals all around as well.
  • You could also add diced tomato around the edges or just serve it on the side.
  • Serve with warm Pita (Khubz), diced tomato and cucumber slices.
  • Dig in with a piece of pita so that you get a bit of everything. It’s so yummy!


Labneh Dip – Delicious Middle Eastern Dip

  • Refrigerate the left over ‘ Labneh Dip‘ in an airtight container. Bring back to room temperature before serving. Top up with more fresh herbs, spices if needed.
  • Sometimes I like to stir in some olive oil as i add the garlic apart from the olive oil drizzled over the top.

Key Ingredients: Yoghurt, Salt, Olive Oil, Parsley, Dried Mint, Paprika, Zaatar Spices, Sumac.

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