If there is anything that has become a staple in our diets since moving to Lebanon, it’s laban. Basically it’s just plain yogurt…. a bit tart, sort of soupy and apparently very easy to make, although I haven’t tried making it myself yet.
First, it (and it’s thicker version, lebne) started out as a replacement in recipes…. for sour cream, yogurt, cream cheese.
And then it took a bigger role… mixed with cucumbers and mint and served as side, for example.
Now, we just eat it plain. It’s one of the girls favorite snacks and Caleb puts a little honey on top and eats it for dessert.
We’ve been looking for a laban replacement here in the good ole US of A, but so far, no luck. Greek yogurt is good, but too thick, and for some reason it’s really hard to find full-fat, unflavored (ie not vanilla!) yogurt.
Laban, we miss you!