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Greek Yogurt Recipe

Updated on August 22, 2016
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Shushanik enjoys sharing recipes of dishes from her home country. She also likes discovering new dishes and sharing them with her readers.

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Greek yogurt is a yogurt strained through muslin. It is is a traditional food in the Mediterranean, South Asia and Middle East. It is used not only raw and as a dip, but cooked as well. The advantage of Greek yogurt in cooking is that it doesn't burn with high temperatures. Today I'd like to share Greek yogurt recipe, which I'm sure will be useful for anyone who likes to cook, as it is a great and important ingredient to many dishes.

Greek Yogurt History

Nobody knows where exactly Greek yogurt appeared. It may be in Greece, may be in Turkey, Iran or any other Middle Eastern country. But it's definitely a "national" thing in Greece and Turkey where it is used everywhere. Constantinople once had about 500 shops that prepared and sold Greek yogurt. "Yogurt" means "thick milk" in Turkish.

With the development of trade and because of wars, Greek yogurt recipe spread to all the corners of Asia. It also got to India, where, combined with honey, it is considered the "gods' dish".

Yogurt was highly appreciated by Mongolian conqueror Genghis Khan who used Greek yogurt in his army both for meat storage and for eating.

Greek yogurt came to Europe somewhere in 16 century. King Francis I of France, who suffered a serious intestinal disorder, quickly recovered when an itinerant doctor from Constantinople advised him to try this miraculous product.

Greek Yogurt vs Regular Yogurt

As I said before, Greek yogurt is strained. That's why it is higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates and sugar than regular yoghurt. Moreover, Greek yogurt is richer in texture than unstrained yogurt, but low in fat. That's the reason it has become so popular in the Western world.

So let's see how you can make your own homemade yogurt using this Greek yogurt recipe...

Things You'll Need For Greek Yogurt Preparation

Put your previously homemade yogurt in a jar
Put your previously homemade yogurt in a jar
Add milk
Add milk
Pour everything into yogurt maker or thermos and leave for 6-8 hours. Than put into the fridge to cool
Pour everything into yogurt maker or thermos and leave for 6-8 hours. Than put into the fridge to cool
Put some fabric on colander
Put some fabric on colander
Pour yogurt into it and leave for several hours. You'll get Greek yogurt and yogurt whey in the end.
Pour yogurt into it and leave for several hours. You'll get Greek yogurt and yogurt whey in the end.

Cook Time

Prep time: 8 hours
Ready in: 8 hours
Yields: 0.5 liter (17 oz) of Greek yogurt


  • 1 liter of milk
  • 5 oz (150 milliliters) of previously homemade yogurt or plain unflavored yogurt with active live cultures

Making Greek Yogurt

  1. Heat milk to 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius).
  2. Put your previously homemade yogurt or plain unflavored yogurt with active live cultures into the jar.
  3. Add little amount of milk to the jar and mix thoroughly.
  4. Add all the remaining milk.
  5. Pour everything into yogurt maker or thermos and leave for 6-8 hours (I prefer thermos as a more efficient way: the end result is the same, and there is no need to use electricity)
  6. In 6-8 hours, yogurt is ready. Put it into the fridge to cool. Remember, yogurt doesn't like moving: if you shake it or stir, it will lose its thickness and will start layering.
  7. To get thick yogurt, we need to let the whey drip out. To do this, I put colander in a bowl, put some fabric on colander, pour yogurt into it and leave for several hours.
  8. In the end, you'll get approximately 0.5 liters (17 oz) of yogurt whey (which you can use for cosmetic purposes as a mask, use for the dough or just drink), and same amount of Greek yogurt.
  9. Enjoy your yogurt with honey, fruits, chocolate, olive oil... however you like it!
  10. Don't forget to leave 5 oz (150 milliliters) for your future Greek yogurt.

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    • Shushanik profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      Hi Ivy. Thanks for visiting my hub! It's important to know your opinion, as you are an expert in Greek cuisine. Probably you are right. But when I was researching the history of Greek yogurt to write the hub, I couldn't find exact facts, so I wrote what I understood from all the resources I found.

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      7 years ago

      When Greece made yoghurt, Turkey didn't even exist.

    • Simone Smith profile image

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      I had NO idea it was this easy to make Greek yogurt. How fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing the how-to.

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      Kim Lam 

      7 years ago from California

      I am a big fan of greek's very versatile too. Thank you for sharing the technique!

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      Claudia Tello 

      7 years ago from Mexico

      Greek yogurt is difficult to find in Mexico, which means this hub is very useful for me. I am glad I found it!


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