Prep Time
Cook Time
2d 20m
Ready In

"Labna made from yogurt that has been drained of whey to form a fresh yogurt cheese with the consistency of a cream cheese. You can make as per recipe or add flavors to the yogurt, such as garlic, lemon zest, spice mix (zaatar) or herbs. It lasts for around 2 weeks in oil the fridge (refer below), and you use it as you would a cream cheese ~ on bagels, wraps, burgers, sandwiches or water crackers. Even served as a condiment on a platter! Creativity is endless ~ see notes below:"

Original is 1 serving


  • Serving Size: 1 (197 g)
  • Calories 339
  • Total Fat - 27.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 3.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 8.5 mg
  • Sodium - 61.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 6.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0 g
  • Sugars - 5.5 g
  • Protein - 17.3 g
  • Calcium - 187.3 mg
  • Iron - 0.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Note: Set your colander inside a larger bowl and line it with 3-4 layers of cheesecloth, leaving the ends flapping over the side.

Step 2

Add a good pinch of salt to naturally set the yogurt before placing the yogurt in the muslin cloth and suspending over the bowl to catch the whey ; or as an alternative ~ placing yogurt in a lined strainer over a bowl to catch the excess whey. You can also fold the cheese cloth around the labna and then place a weight over the labna (heavy bottle water, cans or something 3-5 kg in weight). The weight will help draw out the whey.

Step 3

Place colander in the fridge and drain the yogurt for a minimum of 36 hours; Flavors such as minced garlic and lemon zest can be added to the yogurt before rolling into balls.

Step 4

When set remove Labna and using wet or lightly oiled hands to roll the Labna into balls.

Step 5

Use the fresh labna in a few days as preferred or drizzled with olive oil and serve as a condiment.

Step 6

To keep Labna for a few weeks ~ place Labna in a large jar, then cover with a light olive oil. Herb sprigs can be added to flavor the oil.

Step 7


Step 8

Add crushed garlic and chopped fresh herbs before rolling into balls.

Step 9

Roll labna in dukkah/chopped chives or zaatar and drizzle with olive oil.

Step 10

Store walnut sized balls in a jar with fresh herbs or garlic, covered with olive oil; The oil which from Labna can be used later in dressings and other recipes.


  • The equipment needed ~ a colander or sieve, a bow, muslin cheese cloth or clean/new Chux style wipes.

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