Laban

Absolutely refreshing!

After the last word heavy post, I thought I’d go with something light. Something light, something light, I thought….hmmmmm. Then it hit me! A post about laban!

What’s laban? Well, in most of the Arab world, laban is the word for yoghurt. In Egypt, however, it’s the word for milk. BUT, as an Egyptian that grew up in the gulf, laban to me is a nice, smooth, light drink, made from yoghurt, but sold in jugs like milk. Confused yet? ūüėÄ

Store-bought Laban

Arabic 101 aside, all you need to know is that this drink is great. Full of the goodness of yogurt (probiotics, anyone?) and absolutely refreshing, this drink can be found all over the middle east. It’s especially good on a hot summer day.

Recipe:

  • 1.5 cups plain yogurt
  • 0.5 -1.5 cups cold water (depending on the¬†consistency¬†you want)
  • 0.5 teaspoon salt

Put the yogurt and salt in the blender. Add a little bit of water at a time and blend until you reach the consistency that you like.

Change it up: Add fruit & honey to sweeten (any kind you like), or add some mint for a super refreshing twist.

Drink up!

Here’s a youtube video that might give you a better idea of what the drink should look like. She also uses a spoon instead of a blender :).

Did you Know: The word¬†yogurt¬†¬†is derived from the Turkish word¬†yońüurt, coming from the verb¬†¬†yońümak,¬† which means ‘to be curdled or coagulated; to thicken’? Also, the¬†earliest¬†record of yogurt in 500 BCE, calls a yogurt and honey mix “The food of the Gods”, neat! Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoghurt

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2 responses to “Laban

  1. Ouda

    OMG! I LOVE that stuff! I hate drinking regular milk and when I found out about Laban I was in heaven ūüôā didn’t know you could make it yourself though! I’m gonna give the recipe a try and let you know how it works!

  2. I drank a whole jug of it in one sitting this summer, no lie. LOL! Yep, it’s super easy to make yourself and I have done it before! You might need to add more/less salt based on your tastes though :). Please do let me know how it goes!

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