Ayran Yogurt Drink

Ayran yogurt drink

It's been a month since P. and I've returned from a holiday in Lebanon and Turkey and I'm still in the process of editing 2000+ photos capturing a lot of amazing memories. We arrived back home with not only many photos, but also a strong longing to go back and explore even more of the wonders and beauty of Lebanon and Middle East. You can imagine my excitement when only a few weeks later, I was invited to take part in a press trip organised by Taste Lebanon and hosted by Lebanese Ministry of Tourism in honour of British Week. Needless to say I've taken another thousands of photos. So it seems that it will take a bit longer to wrap it all up.

In the meantime, I wanna share one simple recipe of my favourite yogurt drink which I've been drinking so much in Lebanon and Instanbul. Strangely enough I tasted Ayran for the first time in London. I used to buy it at a local Turkish store before I realised it's so easy to make my own. Ayran is a yogurt drink very popular in Middle Easter and South-eastern European countries. It's simply a yogurt mixed with water and salt. It's more refreshing than any soda on a hot summer day and goes so well with almost any food, especially spicy food.

Ayran drink
Ayran
Ayran drink

Ayran drink
Serves 2-4

250ml greek style yogurt
250ml water (or more if your yogurt is too thick)
1/2 tsp sea salt
fresh mint leaves (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, and whisk together until well incorporated. Alternatively put all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth and creamy, adding more salt or water to reach your desired consistency.
Serve chilled with fresh mint.


25 comments :

  1. This is very similar to the Indian Lassi we have. I adore it and it#s so refreshing, cooling in on hot summer days! Looking forward to seeing your images of Lebanon!

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  2. I read so much about ayran before but I've never tasted. Thanks for the recipe Sarka, now I can make it at home!

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  3. I love Ayran! In my family, we used to drink it along with Armenian Pizza (or "Lahmajoon"- those fine meat pizza): it was delicious... and still is! You make me want to visit my family in sunny Lebanon and share some ayran and Lahmajoon with them!

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  4. Lovely shots !! This is almost the same as the lassi we have in India !! One of my fav and it is so good for your digestive system.

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  5. This looks delicious! Your pictures are mouthwatering!

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  6. Not a huge yogurt fan, but I think I'm going to have to try these! I love recipes from around the world!

    http://pantrycook.blogspot.com/

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  7. in my country ayran is considered national drink :)
    We use it also to make cold summer soup called "Tarator" with finely cubed cucumbers, dill, garlic and walnuts. Check it here :)

    http://loisslokoski.blogspot.com/2009/07/tarator-bulgarian-cold-summer-soup.html

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  8. I tasted ayran for the first time in Turkey, about 10 years ago!!
    Until then, I thought yogurt was just a dessert, sweet and fruit flavoured, to be eaten with a spoon ;-)))
    I will follow your recipe and will prepare ayran at home! Thanx for share!

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  9. I've not tried anything like this. It looks super scrumptious though! I will definitely have to try this.

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  10. Can't wait to see the Lebanon pics --lucky you!! :) I love this drink, especially good with spicy food or with a good hummus wrap, yum! Lovely pics, as usual <3

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  11. what a racist name!

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  12. so this is that amazing drink we had at the Lebanese restaurant last year.. I do want to make it, we cannot find it here in Italy. I am really looking forward to see your pictures, I already know I'll love them! x

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  13. Sari - Love the composition of all these photos!! simply beautiful!!

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  14. I discovered with great pleasure that blog greedy and colorful! very nice photos!And a pretty good post for this date ... my birthday!
    I'll be back soon!

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  15. YUM! Simple yogurt drinks are the most refreshing thing, next to water. Another twist is what the Afghans do -- add cucumber. I learned to make it using very finely diced cuke (small enough to pass through a wide straw), and dried mint worked well or better than fresh. It just occurred to me that soaking some cuke spears in the water you plan to add would also work.

    Do NOT leave it in a hot car!

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    1. Thank you for the tip. I've once tried ayran with dried mint and must agree it's really nice. The addition of cucumber sounds great too, going to give it a try!

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  16. Loving all the photos and your style of writing.. So glad tofollow you ..

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  17. I was searching for yogurt soda and stumbled onto your site. Thank for the recipe. By the way, the photos are pretty.

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    1. Yogurt soda? I've never heard that, I must research it. :) Thank you for the compliment. I hope you will like ayran, it's my favourite yogurt drink.

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  18. Worthless people live only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live.

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  19. Gorgeous recipe, I love this drink… would you mind if I post my version, linking back to your recipe please?

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    1. Hi, feel free to post your version. I'm curious to see what you come up with. Ayran is my all time favourite drink in summer. :)

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    2. Thank you Sari, I think it will be close to your own version… I am currently addicted to this drink : )

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  20. Sari, sharing this with you… I hope you enjoy it. http://www.bizzylizzysgoodthings.com/2/post/2014/04/ayran-or-dugh-salted-yoghurt-drink.html

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