Fermented Wheat and Yogurt

Kishik

Preparation info

  • Makes approximately

    2 quarts

    • Difficulty

      Easy

Appears in

The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey

The Gaza Kitchen

By Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt

Published 2021

  • About

Before refrigeration was available, throughout the Middle East and Central Asia, kishik was a means of conserving milk for later use: a fermented paste of yogurt and grains, formed into disks and dried in the sun. The disks could be stored all year and then crumbled or ground for use in salads, stews, and savory pastries.

In Gaza, kishik is traditionally made with sheep’s-milk yogurt and flavored with dill seeds and red pepper flakes.