For the Blogging Marathon #105, for the theme of “One country, one category, three dishes”, after having chosen the Qahwa as my first Emirati drink, I chose a rather easy one for today. The reason is obvious – I was literally running against time to do more research on the drinks I would love to make. I would rather say that I procrastinated over my task, that I almost hit the panic button. I am not very fond of leaving things to the last moment, but of late, I feel that I am changing into someone I am not liking. Hehe… Maybe I need to buckle up myself a bit…
Anyway, coming back to today’s post. “Laban” is a watered down yogurt drink that is flavored with salt. You heard it right – just three ingredients, served chilled. This drink is literally the most demanded during the hot months and during Ramadan. You will see packs of especially a brand called ‘Laban Up‘ flying off from the shelves in the supermarkets, and yes, one pack comes to my house frequently too. Rasha loves to drink it not one, but at least two packs at the same time. However I love to blitz it up for myself since we can adjust it to our thickness. If I am thirsty but need a push, then it is watery laban but if I need more of a meal, then it will be a little thicker. You may be wondering what is the difference between this drink and the Turkish Ayran, and actually speaking, there is hardly any. I have kept the recipe straight forward. There may be versions with additions of mint, garlic, etc. but actual Laban has nothing to flavor except salt. 🙂 Off to this super simple recipe…
- ½ cup thick yogurt
- ½ cup ice cold water
- Salt to taste
- Blitz the ingredients till smooth.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy!
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