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Ayran Recipe – Turkish Yogurt Drink

09/04/2016 (Last Updated: 31/10/2019)

This delicious Ayran recipe (Turkish yogurt drink) is a refreshing and addictive way to rehydrate on a hot summer day. Mixed with sea salt, frothed to perfection and served icy cold, this healthy drink pairs perfectly with a hot and spicy meal.

Pouring Turkish ayran into a glass drinking jar.

Why We Love This Ayran Recipe

  • We adore this Middle Eastern yogurt drink because it’s so easy to whip up a fresh batch at home in less than 5 minutes. Made with only 3 simple ingredients – yogurt, water (or soda water) and salt – you can blend it up in no time. 
  • And because ayran contains no added sugar and just a pinch of sea salt, it’s a healthy way to rehydrate on a hot summer’s day. You’ll be free to enjoy the spiciest curry dish with an icy cold glass of ayran on hand to put out that fire. 

Natural yogurt in a blender.
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Top down view of frothy ayran in two drinking glasses.

What is Turkish Ayran?

Ayran is a popular the Middle Eastern beverage, especially in Turkey where it’s considered the national drink. In Iran, it also goes by the name of “doogh”.

A deliciously simple recipe of diluted natural yogurt mixed with sea salt, you’ll often find ayran paired with cooked meats, burek, or even pizza – but almost never with seafood. (There’s a superstitious warning that doing so may cause some discomfort in the intestines. We haven’t tested the theory, so we can’t be sure!). 

Ayran reminds us a little bit of Indian lassi, just without the common additions of mango or strawberry flavour and sugar.

Frothy ayran dripping down the side of a glass jar.

How to Make This Simple Ayran Recipe

All you need is natural yoghurt, water, and sea salt. THAT’S IT for the authentic Turkish ayran drink. Simply:

  • Place all ingredients in a blender, rocket blender, or large jug with a stab blender.
  • Mix until ingredients are combined and your ayran yogurt drink is frothy.
  • For best results, serve chilled!
  • Optionally, garnish with diced cucumber, mint or crushed thyme.

A glass of cold ayran held in two hands.

Tips

  • Use soda water instead of still water to help your ayran become nice and frothy after blending!
  • Serve ayran alongside spicy or heavy meals to help with digestion. 

FAQs

What does Ayran Taste Like?

If you’ve never tried it before, ayran can be an intriguing experience. It has a slightly tart/sour taste from the natural yogurt, but the biggest surprise is the saltiness. Our first ever sip of ayran stopped us in our tracks. After the second sip our taste buds were starting to understand. And by the third? We were completely hooked!

Is Ayran Healthy?

Absolutely. When made with natural yogurt, ayran contains very little sugar and is full of protein and calcium, probiotics and vitamins. All of these goodies work together to aid your body’s digestive and immune systems. Sea salt contains natural minerals which assist your body – the same ones you lose when sweating. On hot days or after lots of activity, it’s a good idea to drink a refreshing beverage like Turkish ayran to restore those minerals and nutrients!

Turkish ayran in a glass, cold and ready to drink.

Variations & Substitutes

If you’re feeling creative, we’ve got a few suggestions on how to mix things up a bit.

  • Add some finely diced cucumber, mint or crushed thyme for extra flavour.
  • Throw in some ice cubes before blending for an icy crunch.
  • Or if you’re feeling really adventurous, you could even add a sprinkling of cracked black pepper for a spicy hit

 

If you feel like a sweeter treat after this salty beverage why not try our Malaysian Teh Tarik. This sweet, hot and frothy drink takes black tea to a whole new level.

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Turkish Savoury Yoghurt Drink (Ayran) - This salted drink, ready in under 5 minutes, is your accompaniment to your next burek or kebab. Found in Istanbul, Ayran is the healthy, simple recipe you need. Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

Ayran Recipe – Turkish Yogurt Drink

This delicious Ayran recipe (Turkish yogurt drink) is a refreshing and addictive way to rehydrate on a hot summer day. Mixed with sea salt, frothed to perfection and served icy cold, this healthy drink pairs perfectly with a hot and spicy meal.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Course: Drink
Cuisine: Turkish
Servings: 4 serves
Calories: 61kcal
Author: Wandercooks
Cost: $5

Equipment

  • Blender, food processor, or a large jug and stick blender

Ingredients

  • 400 g natural yogurt
  • 2 cups cold water still or soda
  • 1 pinch sea salt

Optional ingredients:

  • handul ice cubes
  • mint finely chopped
  • cucumber finely ficed
  • pinch black pepper

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in a blender, rocket blender, or large jug with a stab blender.
  • Mix until ingredients are combined and drink is frothy.
  • Serve chilled

Notes

Tips

  • Use soda water instead of still water to help your ayran become nice and frothy after blending!
  • Serve ayran alongside spicy or heavy meals to help with digestion.

 

FAQs

  • What does Ayran Taste Like? If you’ve never tried it before, ayran can be an intriguing experience. It has a slightly tart/sour taste from the natural yogurt, but the biggest surprise is the saltiness. Our first ever sip of ayran stopped us in our tracks. After the second sip our taste buds were starting to understand. And by the third? We were completely hooked!
  • Is Ayran Healthy?Absolutely. When made with natural yogurt, ayran contains very little sugar and is full of protein and calcium, probiotics and vitamins. All of these goodies work together to aid your body’s digestive and immune systems. Sea salt contains natural minerals which assist your body – the same ones you lose when sweating. On hot days or after lots of activity, it’s a good idea to drink a refreshing beverage like Turkish ayran to restore those minerals and nutrients!

 

Variations & Substitutes

If you’re feeling creative, we’ve got a few suggestions on how to mix things up a bit.
  • Add some finely diced cucumber, mint or crushed thyme for extra flavour.
  • Throw in some ice cubes before blending for an icy crunch.
  • Or if you’re feeling really adventurous, you could even add a sprinkling of cracked black pepper for a spicy hit

Nutrition

Calories: 61kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 155mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2% | Vitamin C: 0.6% | Calcium: 12.5% | Iron: 0.3%
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24 Comments

  • Reply
    kim
    10/07/2019 at 7:39 pm

    What a great recipe! I had never tried anything like this before and I really fell in love with it!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      11/07/2019 at 9:57 am

      Oh fantastic, glad to hear!

  • Reply
    Tisha
    10/07/2019 at 7:03 pm

    This is definitely an intriguing dish! It looks so creamy and so good I can’t wait to try it!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      11/07/2019 at 9:56 am

      Intriguing is the word! Addictive is also appropriate haha 😀

  • Reply
    Farah
    10/07/2019 at 5:18 pm

    I love Turkish food and I love laban (yogurt!). Sounds like a recipe to try!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      11/07/2019 at 9:56 am

      Please do! 🙂

  • Reply
    Natalie
    10/07/2019 at 3:22 pm

    I never tasted anything similar – looks and sounds so refreshing and delicious! Perfect for the summer!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      11/07/2019 at 9:56 am

      Thanks Natalie, that blend of yogurt and salt is definitely a unique flavour combo. Definitely one to be experienced!

  • Reply
    SHANIKA
    10/07/2019 at 2:56 pm

    Homemade drinks are always the best! This Turkish Yoghurt drink looks so creamy and delish!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      11/07/2019 at 9:55 am

      Totally agree Shanika! Especially when you can tweak the flavours to your heart’s content. 🙂

  • Reply
    Abdul Waheed
    25/02/2017 at 2:51 am

    Well done Laura & Sarah. I liked your recipe and information you provided about Turkish Ayran Recipe. Thanks for sharing the wonderful thoughts as well.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      03/03/2017 at 2:18 pm

      Thanks Abdul, so glad you liked it! Ayran is such a surprisingly refreshing drink – I think we’ll have to go make another batch right now!

  • Reply
    Shreyashi
    12/04/2016 at 8:23 pm

    Hey guys,
    So I just had to pop in the moment I saw this on facebook. I had my honeymoon in Turkey and I simply fell in love with Ayran… well Ayran and baklava of course.
    You guys are living the life of most foodie’s dreams… wandercook= wanderlust= pure awesome.
    Cheers!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      15/04/2016 at 5:56 pm

      Thanks Shreyashi! Wow Turkey must have been a magical place for a honeymoon! Haha it is pretty fun have to say. Just today we were just going through all the recipes we gathered on our trip away. We’ve got a whole stack of them from all the amazing people we met, either printed, hand-written, scribbled, emailed etc – so much deliciousness waiting to be brought to life. 😀 So glad you got to have ayran and baklava, they are up there on our list of favourites that’s for sure. Now if only we could source (or make) a batch of Lokum/Turkish Delight…

  • Reply
    Kristen
    11/04/2016 at 12:06 pm

    I love Yogurt and I am always looking for new recipes. I am going to try this for sure!!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      11/04/2016 at 3:19 pm

      Yoghurt is so deliciously versatile, but who would have thought salty would work so well too 🙂

  • Reply
    April
    11/04/2016 at 11:43 am

    This looks very interesting and it sounds good. I wish I could drink it now!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      11/04/2016 at 3:15 pm

      Thanks April, wish you could too haha 🙂

  • Reply
    Sara
    11/04/2016 at 11:23 am

    This looks good. I have never had anything like this!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      11/04/2016 at 3:15 pm

      Neither had we but it was such a surprisingly addictive drink and super refreshing too!

  • Reply
    Ali from Home & Plate
    11/04/2016 at 11:23 am

    Salty? I will have to mention this to my Greek neighbors. May have to surprise them with this recipe. Sounds good.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      11/04/2016 at 3:14 pm

      Thanks Ali, hope you guys enjoy 🙂

  • Reply
    Sarah
    11/04/2016 at 9:28 am

    …well now! This has left me completely intrigued and I absolutely must try! 🙂

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      11/04/2016 at 9:34 am

      Yes yes, you must! 😀

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