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Lately I’ve been studying Turkish cuisine and as you know I don’t stop at just food. Turkish cuisine includes many special drinks, good or bad, all designed to counter the heat and to accompany their dishes. Among the various drinks I decided to prepare the Ayran Drink which is really popular in Turkey. Ayran is a drink served ice cold, based on salted yogurt.
I know it sounds a little strange, but it was this weirdness that led me to want to try Ayran Drink. The recipe requires few ingredients and a few minutes. Just mix yogurt, salt, water and ice, until you get a smooth and frothy drink. You can prepare some and keep it in the fridge for 1-2 days.
Ayran Drink: Turkish Ayran Recipe
Ayran drink, is a popular in various countries and not only in Turkey. It is found in the Middle East, South Eastern Europe and Central Asia. It has rather ancient origins, and the addition of salt is thought to have been initially only a way to store yogurt. Another theory that originated in Persia, prepared with curdled milk and mint water. Today, it’s the national Turkish drink, it’s served everywhere, even in the most famous Turkish and international fast food chains. In the countryside it’s even the only alternative to water.
The Ayran recipe can be prepared with cow’s, sheep’s and goat’s milk, but hardly with other types of milk. Usually turkish ayran recipe is prepared by hand, mixing until obtaining its classic velvety and frothy appearance. The more or less dense consistency and flavor varies according to the type of milk used and also to the geographical area of origin. It can be more or less sweet, bitter and even smoked. Sometimes it is prepared with carbonated water.In India it is called Lassi and is enriched with spices, it can also be sweet enriched with fresh fruit.
Ayran is not only a thirst-quenching drink, it has probiotic properties, bringing benefits to the intestine, and also acts as a saline supplement to counteract the heat. It is served at any time of the day especially in summer and to accompany the spicier foods.
We prepared the turkish ayran recipe to accompany delicious Lahmacun with lamb. A sort of Turkish pizza stuffed with a mixture of tomatoes, minced meat, spices and fresh herbs. A perfect match!
Ayran Drink: Turkish Drink
- 750 g Greek Yogurt
- 380 ml Water
- ¾ tsp Salt
- to taste Ice
- Put all the ingredients in a blender, you can replace 50 ml of water with ice. Blend everything until you get a smooth and frothy drink.
- Taste, make sure of density and serve chilled.