How to Make Ayran - A Healthy Turkish Yogurt Drink
If you have been to Turkey, you have probably observed most of the Turkish people drinking a bubbly, milky white beverage almost with every meal – may it be breakfast, lunch, snacks or even dinner.
Have you ever wondered what they were drinking? Indeed, it could be something else but milk. So what could it be?
They are drinking ayran, a healthy yoğurt-based salty beverage that is usually served with almost every main dish or meal in Turkey. This nutritious drink is prepared by mixing plain yoğurt with water and salt to make a wholesome refreshing beverage. And it's not only popular in Turkey but also in the other neighboring European, Central Asian and Middle Eastern countries where it is usually offered as a regular beverage just like fruit juices and soft drinks in most restaurants.
Since ayran is not just any other beverage but a healthy one, most of the Turks would prefer to have ayran to accompany their every meal rather than by drinking soft drinks or any other canned juices. Commercially made ayran are mostly sold fresh in tightly sealed plastic cup containers, plastic bottles in liters, and single serving tetra packs.
And the good news is... if you haven’t tried ayran yet, you don’t have to be in Turkey to experience drinking ayran. It's so quick and easy to make that you can easily make a glass or two for yourself at home or even at work. By following the recipe below, anyone can easily make a very healthy yoğurt drink anytime! And once you get the taste of it, a glass of ayran won’t be enough. You’ll be looking forward for more!
Here below is a very quick and easy recipe on how to make Turkish ayran.
Things You'll Need:
- electric blender or mixer
- mixing bowl
- 2 cups plain yoğurt
- 2 cups cold water
- salt to taste
- In a mixing bowl, pour yoğurt and water. Whisk or blend (using an electric mixer) until well blended and texture becomes smooth. Add in salt and continue beating until bubbles start to appear on its surface creating a thick head of foam.
- Another way of preparing it is to put all the ingredients together in an electric blender. Blend all the ingredients for about a minute or two until mixture turns thick and bubbly causing a thick head of foam to appear on top. Pour the ayran into clear glasses.
Now your healthy drink is ready to serve. Ayran is always best served when chilled.
Did You Know?
- The word yoghurt or yogurt originally comes from the Turkish word “yoğurt” (pronounced yoh-urt in Turkish) which is derived from the verbs yoğurtmak meaning “to knead” and yoğun which means "dense" or "thick". Later, several variations with both the word and its spelling have been adopted in some other countries.
- Ayran is believed to have originated as a way of preserving yoğurt by adding salt.
Health Benefits in Drinking Ayran
Health studies show that yoğurt is packed with lots of nutritional health benefits beyond those of milk. Therefore by drinking a glass of ayran, you get not just calcium but also protein, riboflavin and vitamins B6 and B12. It also helps in promoting weight loss by using a low fat yoğurt to make ayran.
More so, ayran may be safely consumed by people who are moderately lactose-intolerant.
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