RECIPE » The Best Labne Dip You’ll Ever Taste
I adore the story behind this dip as much as the dip itself. It’s shared in this video, but in short, Hamed Allahyari’s father would make it after visiting his sister’s farm in northern Iran and returning with a tub of labne that lasted the family a year.
“When I was going to primary school, my mum was making wraps with this and I put in my bag and I had in my school and I love it always,” says Hamed.
500g labne (or 1kg pot-set natural yoghurt if making the labneh)
1/2 bunch mint, roughly chopped
1/2 bunch basil, roughly chopped
1/2 bunch dill, roughly chopped
1/2 red onion, diced
1 red chilli, thinly chopped
1/2 tbsp cumin seeds
1/2 tbsp sumac (plus extra to garnish)
salt & pepper to taste
dried rose petals & nigella seeds to garnish (optional)
1. One night prior, place a large square of doubled-over cheesecloth (or a clean, soft cotton tea towel) in a colander and spoon the yoghurt into the centre. Pull the corners up and tie them tightly with string, and then hang from a stationary object over a bowl to collect the dripping whey. If it’s hot out, do this in the fridge. Leave to hang overnight until well-drained.
2. Mix prepared red onion, chilli and herbs (including stems) in a bowl.
3. Add labneh and thoroughly combine.
4. Add spices, a generous spurt of olive oil, half the rose petals, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
5.Garnish with remaining rose petals, nigella seeds and sumac.
6. Serve with flat bread, veggies, crackers or add to a sandwich or wrap.