Dried yogurt? Yes of kurt!

Take a look at my pictures of these hard lumps of dried yogurt.

Take a look at my pictures of these hard lumps of dried yogurt. You will find similar products everywhere between Inner Asia and the Middle East by names such as kurt (Kazakh), kurut (Kyrgyz), aarul (Mongolian), kashk (Persian) or jameed (Arabic).

You can refer to it as a kind of cheese, but historically, and in some cultures until today, it could be made with cereals so it sometimes can be described as dried porridge.

Kurut comes in many colors, shapes and textures.
Me, snacking on kurt while hitchhiking in Kazakhstan.

It’s a great hiking snack. I usually buy a bag of it, put some in my pocket and take small bites from time to time to kill hunger. It’s high in nutrients and has a long shelf life (in this case it’s “pocket life”). I like to imagine how over the centuries pastoralists, warriors and voyagers have used them in the same way as me while traversing the lands between Mongolia and Iran.

Have you ever tried it? Let me know in comments!

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