Kefir Yogurt (Sana)

Kefir Yogurt (Sana)

Everyday Cooking

This recipe is my variation of one that came with my yogurt maker. It's easy to create Greek yogurt from this, too! Simply strain the yogurt in a colander lined with fine cheesecloth or coffee filters. Using kefir at the start creates a much more tart yogurt from the start; it tastes a lot like Sana from Europe. You can substitute plain yogurt with live active cultures for the kefir, if desired. Save 1/2 cup of yogurt to use a starter, if desired. Eat yogurt within a week.

Servings per recipe: 8
Calories per serving: 84
Preparation time: 10m
Total cooking time: 6h 15m


  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup instant nonfat dry milk powder, or more to taste
  • 1/2 cup plain kefir


  • 1   Preheat a yogurt maker or slow cooker on Low.
  • 2   Whisk milk and dry milk powder together in a saucepan over medium heat until almost boiling, about 4 minutes. Cool milk to lukewarm (100 to 110 degrees F/38 to 45 degrees C).
  • 3   Gently stir kefir into milk mixture until just blended. Pour mixture into yogurt containers or slow cooker. Cook on Low
  • 4   Cook on Low until desired level of tartness and yogurt consistency is reached, 4 to 10 hours. Chill yogurt in the refrigerator, at least 2 hours.

Nutrion facts:

Total Fat 2.9g 5%
    Saturated Fat 2.0g  
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 77mg 3%
Potassium 274mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 8.4g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g  
Protein 5.9g 12%
Sugars 8g  
Vitamin A 312IU  
Vitamin C 0mg  
Calcium 190mg  
Iron 0mg  
Thiamin 0mg  
Niacin 1mg  
Vitamin B6 0mg  
Magnesium 20mg  
Folate 8mcg