Everywhere you go in Turkey you will notice people drinking Ayran or you will see it in shops and often mistaken by tourists as Milk in the supermarket!
Ayran is a yoghurt based drink and was originally made in order to preserve yoghurt using salt.
Yoghurt is extremely popular in turkey and used in lots of forms for cooking, baking and eating. The word Yoghurt is derived from the Turkish word yoğurt pronounced, yoh-urt.
Aryan is made using yoghurt, water and salt. Yoghurt of course is extremely good for you with natural bacteria which is good for digestion, vitamins and calcium. Ayran is extremely beneficial in the hot summer months as it helps to hydrate you and replace salts lost through sweating.
Ayran is also healthy alternative to fizzy juice and if you use a low fat yoghurt it is a healthy option while dieting.
For a lot of tourist and expats Ayran is a love it or hate it type drink, it is an acquired taste, not that it tastes bad it’s just unusual for our western taste buds.
I am not overly keen on the drink but I keep trying to persuade my taste buds or maybe it is just mind over matter!
My husband of course and now my son love Ayran it is a great drink for young children as it helps to keep them hydrated and provides them with the calcium for their bones and provides some of the daily vitamins they need. If you make it yourself you can leave out the salt.
Having just made up a fresh batch of Ayran I thought I would share with you my recipe so you can try making it yourself at home.
8 large tablespoons Yoghurt
2 to 3 cups Cold Water
½ cup Milk (my special ingredient)
1 teaspoon Salt
You will need either a hand whisk or fork, you can use a food processor or electric whisk.
If your living in Turkey you can purchase Ayran jugs which have a plunger to mix the ingredients together.
Combine all the ingredients together and whisk till you get a nice foamy top and all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
I add milk which helps makes it more foamy a tip my husband taught me.
When making it for small children or babies leave out the salt.
My husband also likes to mix his Aryan with soda water. You can also add ice cubes to a jug before serving to make it extra cold.
If you don’t want to make Ayran yourself and your living in Turkey you can find it in all food shops and supermarkets in individual cartons and bottles.
Let me know if liked my recipe 🙂
Do you love or hate Ayran? Have you tried making Ayran would you like to share any tips on making Ayran?
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