Fermented Milk Products From All Over the World • Rob (Sudan)
Rob is the most frequently met product made out of fermented milk in Sudan. It is actually what others may know as “buttermilk”, as rob is obtained by allowing fresh milk to ferment overnight, which will provide the sour milk that is furthermore churned into butter. The liquid that is left behind represents rob or buttermilk for people in other parts of the world. Rob started to be made by the nomadic tribes of Sudan, as they were the ones that owned livestock. Most of it is produced during the rainy season, as this is the time of the year when the animals have plenty of fresh, green grass to eat, so the production of milk is more generous. This particular dairy product would have been produced if it wasn’t for the making of butter. In fact, a lot of this liquid is thrown once butter is made, although some decide to keep the rob and either consume it as it is or turn it into kush-kush, a sort of granular cheese that is dried out in the sun and used for the making of sorghum porridge.