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Um Safia's Note:
Laban (known as Le babeurre in French & buttermilk in English) is an important staple in the diet of many North African & Middle Eastern countries. These days it is incredibly simple to go to the store & buy it but if you cannot find it or just want to have a go at making it, then this is a great recipe. This is the traditional method of making laben, for a truly authentic taste use milk straight from the farm. If you can't get milk that fresh, regular full fat milk from the store is fine. You will need a 2 things to make the laben with (other than the ingredients!) 1st: A pot to store the milk in whilst it's 'sitting' - traditionally we use a large clay pot but any pot or pan large enough should do. 2nd: You will need a large bottle, like the kind get water in - with a capacity of around 6 litres if making the full amount of the recipe. The amounts in this recipe can easily be adjusted to allow you to make more or less laben.
My Private Note
- 1Pour the milk into the pot, cover with a plate or tray etc.
- 2Leave the milk to 'sit' for a day or two, out of direct sunlight (this recipe is based on a warm climate - this process may take a bit longer in a colder climate but never leave the milk longer than 3-4 days).
- 3Once the milk has totally coagulated - it will resemble a blancmange at this stage - put the milk into your large bottle.
- 4Now add the warm water to the bottle with the milk, fasten the lid tightly & begin shaking it. Shake for 20 minutes to begin with.
- 5After 20 minutes check to see if the milk & water has thoroughly combined. If it hasn't, shake it some more! You should eventually end up with a liquid that resembles single cream -- now you have laben.
- 6Pour the laben into a pan & scoop off the little yellow blobs of butter & store them in a container for later use!
- 7Now you should have traditional laben, keep it stored in the fridge if not using immediately.
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Nutritional Facts for Make Your Own Laben (Buttermilk) - the Traditional Way!
Serving Size: 1 (4118 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 542.7
- Calories from Fat 264
- Total Fat 29.4 g
- Saturated Fat 16.8 g
- Cholesterol 90.4 mg
- Sodium 364.3 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 40.8 g
- Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
- Sugars 47.5 g
- Protein 29.1 g