The making of Mansaf,
starts well before the actual cooking. Making the Jameed (fermented yoghurt, from which Mansaf is made) is the first step. Jameed balls, are bought from local stores, and some speciality stores. In Jordan they are always bought from the source: the Bedouins making it. Nowadays, there is a modern version of Jameed that comes in carton containers, already liquified, but they are nowhere near the goodness of the original dried Jameed balls.
If you live in the UAE, you can buy my artisanal DS Jameed balls on this link, which are a beautiful, superior quality, small batch Jameed Balls, made by a Jordanian Bedouin, that I have sourced from Jordan myself.
Mansaf is a Jordanian celebration of tradition, life and hospitality.