Monday, January 12, 2015

Labn'eh Cheese from Middle East

BM # 48  Week 2  Day 3

Labneh is a cheese which is very famous in Middle Eastern countries. The first meal, breakfast begins with Labneh. I have already posted the basic version of Labneh, for today it is a Labneh which can be preserved.

When I first read about this Labneh I was simply amazed. I wondered when placed in oil for two weeks what would the taste be? I was very curious, but this needs patience, one gets the right matured cheese taste only after 3-4 days. Since I could not hold my curiosity, I removed one cheese ball after 8 hours. It tasted real good but later I realized that the more you wait, the better the taste.The flavors infuse better.

What you need
Fresh curd 
Olive Oil 
Chilly Flakes 
Basil Leaves 
Line a large sieve with cheesecloth; place it over a deep bowl. 
Place yogurt in sieve. Gather edges of cheesecloth to cover yogurt. 
Place in refrigerator and let drain for 2-3 days. 
Discard liquid. 
Roll yogurt into 3/4" balls. 
Place in a glass jar.
Add garlic cloves, basil leaves, salt, chilly flakes to olive oil.
Add this oil to the glass jar.
Cover; place in refrigerator and let marinate for at least 8 hours and up to 2 weeks. 
Serve the cheese with toast chips, whatever you like. I have enjoyed it with roti also.this cheese is my Day 3 post for week 2.

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  1. Hi Vaishali. Love your posts. In North America the grocery stores sell 'Compressed Yogurt,' which can be used directly to make Shrikhand. Do you think this could be used for Lubneh as well ? Thanks. Sujata

  2. Wow! The herb infused oil in the yogurt must have smelled and tasted amazing. That jar in the first picture looks awesome.

  3. oh yumm yumm vaishali. As i have tasted a spiced labneh, can really imagine how these spice-oil soaked cheese would have tasted!!! Bookmarked definitely!!!

  4. Wow yum. I will love to try this cheese.Bookmarking it,

  5. Wow Vaishali, i am going to try this..looks amazing..

  6. Love your click..The oil looks great with all those infused flavors

  7. This has an amazing taste, I had this cheese.

  8. Wow , I would love to try this.Bookmarked

  9. looks delicious - I am not a huge fan of labneh - I find the taste very sharp but kudos to you for preserving method

  10. Wish i get that bottle of alluring labneh cheese, just drooling here.

  11. That is really interesting post to me who have never tasted labneh.

  12. A very new concept. The pickled curd/cheese sounds very tempting.

  13. Wow this is such a wonderful post...I never knew about this, very exciting to read it. Thanks!

  14. What a creamy and delicious looking labneh.

  15. The click looks so good Vaishali. Really tempting and I need to taste this when I visit you :)