Ayran | A Traditional Turkish Yoghurt Drink

ayran drink

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Ayran is a yoghurt based drink and was originally made in order to preserve yoghurt using salt.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

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.

recipe for ayran

Here is a tasty recipe for Ayran

Ayran Recipe


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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10 Responses to “Ayran | A Traditional Turkish Yoghurt Drink”

  1. 7th June 2012

    Jenn D Reply

    Mmmmmnnnn, ayran!

    My husband introduced this to me and I fell in love with it! It’s sooo good with doner and lahmacun! 🙂

    I always ask him to make it for me but now that I have your recipe I will give it a try and surprise him!

    Thanks for this post 🙂

    • 8th June 2012

      Kerry Arslan Reply

      I wish I could get myself to like, I will need to keep trying. I never liked olives but since coming here I have come to enjoy them, next the Ayran x

  2. 7th June 2012

    Carol Reply

    I like the sound of your recipe I will try it. I made it with equal amounts of yoghurt and water and salt, looking forward to trying another recipe.

    • 8th June 2012

      Kerry Arslan Reply

      Let me know if you like it or not, my husband taught me the art so he has an endless supply :)x

  3. 7th June 2012

    Brian Reply

    tried it a few times and now getting used to it. next step is start enjoying ayran

    • 8th June 2012

      Kerry Arslan Reply

      You will need to try out my recipe now your back home 😉 x

  4. 25th December 2012

    Amit Bhattacharya Reply

    very nice dear keep it up. I am a traveller travelled to 60+ countries and counting.

  5. 4th November 2014

    Jane Elma Reply

    Hi Kerry
    You’re right about the love or hate Ayran.
    I cannot stand it at all. I made the mistake of thinking it was milk when I first went to Istanbul 4 years ago. I bought cornflakes and a bottle of what I thought was semi skimmed milk. My first spoonful was horrible and I never tried it again.
    I don’t like yohurt , peynir or butter anyway. The smell of yohurt puts me off.
    I would love to drink it as it is good for you but I am afraid I can’t.
    I am now in Scotland alone as my husband was refused a visitors visa.
    I am seriously considering moving to Turkey but my problem is that I can’t get one of my anti epileptic drugs there
    Take care

  6. 21st October 2015

    Mahmood Reply

    this is similar to Doug In Iran. ‘Doug’ is a very popular salty yoghurt drink which is similar to ‘Ayran’ (drunk in Turkey).

    • 23rd October 2015

      Kerry Arslan Reply

      Thank you for this insight Mahmood, I think there must be a lot of similar foods with the migration of people over the years.

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