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These yogurt-based recipes bring the beloved creamy tang of yogurt to lots of dishes. There are foods for all times of day that use yogurt in creative and tasty ways.
If you like to use yogurt in recipes, be sure to come back to this page regularly. I will continue to add dishes from all over the world, so that your next dose of inspiration is only a click away.
Çılbır is how many Turks have started their day for centuries. This simple dish consists of poached eggs served on a creamy bed of yogurt and garlic.
The eggs are then drizzled with a butter and herb sauce that traditionally uses Aleppo pepper to add heat. If you can’t source Aleppo pepper, you can use paprika instead. Serve it with warm pita or flatbread to mop up the creamy sauce.
Super simple to make, labneh is made from plain yogurt and salt. While it can be referred to as a dip or spread, labneh is essentially strained yogurt, or even a type of yogurt cheese.
It is made by straining the moisture from the yogurt and salt mixture with a strainer. Labneh is ever present in Middle Eastern meze platters. Enjoy a lusciously thick dollop with fresh pita, crunchy vegetables, and spicy meat kebabs. For breakfast, try it with a slice of juicy melon.
Read more: Creamy Homemade Labneh Recipe
Greek food simply isn’t complete without a side of creamy, herby, and refreshing tzatziki. This sauce is typically made from mixing Greek yogurt with grated cucumber, chopped garlic, and olive oil. Herbs like dill and mint are often added, and you can add vinegar or lemon juice for some acidity.
Order a meat platter at a Greek restaurant, and you’ll get a side of tzatziki with it. It is the ideal complimentary dip for sizzling hot meat and pita bread.
Read more: Creamy Greek Tzatziki Recipe
Tarator is a cold soup eaten in the summer months in Balkan countries, especially Bulgaria and Albania. My recipe mixes creamy yogurt with grated cucumber, chopped walnuts, garlic, and dill. Adding water helps you get a thinner consistency, so that it is more like a soup and less like a dipping sauce.
Every spoonful is nutty, herby, and creamy. So refreshing when eaten cold, you can pair it with fried fish, fresh bread, or a glass of white wine to enjoy on a hot summer’s afternoon.
Read more: Tarator Recipe
My recipe is for mango lassi, which is one of the most popular types in India. That is because during the mango season, India is home to some of the sweetest, juiciest mangoes in the entire world.
This recipe blends yogurt with fresh mangoes, water, sugar, cardamom, and ice, for a thick, sweet, and creamy bevegrage. Make it in the summer for friends, or keep things traditional by serving it with Indian-inspired curries and dishes.
Read more: Mango Lassi Recipe
There is so much you can do with plain yogurt beyond putting it on a granola or fruit bowl. Yogurt is used in countries all over the world, in sides, mains, and drinks.
I hope these delicious and creamy recipes give you some ideas for what to make next. Let me know below what your favorite yogurt-based dishes are, and if you have any creative ways you use it in your cooking.
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