AYRAN – THE SALTY TURKISH YOGURT DRINK KIDS LOVE!
Ayran is an acquired taste for many foreigners. When I first moved to Turkey I made the mistake many do of buying a carton in the supermarket thinking it was milk – trust me, Ayran doesn’t taste good in your tea or over cornflakes! But Turks swear by it, This salty yogurt drink, so popular with locals of all ages, has been a fundamental part of Turkish culture for centuries.
Turkey is a hot country, you lose a lot of essential salts and minerals via sweat so keeping your body hydrated is important. I took Harvey to the local doctor last year with stomach pains and constipation. The doctor quickly diagnosed dehydration (it was the middle of July and around 45 degrees). He checked him over, gave me some rehydration sachets to mix up at home and ordered him to drink Ayran, at least 2 small glasses a day, to help him feel better. This he gladly did, as most kids do here in Turkey. Forget the salt content, a certain amount of sodium is needed in these climates. Our Turkish ayran recipe couldn’t be easier and will go a long way to help.
So what’s so good about Ayran?
- First off it doesn’t contain sugar – a bonus considering the crap that’s in many sodas and milk drinks
- Drinking Ayran is a rapid way to take in sodium (salt) vital for your body to remain hydrated
- Yogurt contains a good amount of ‘healthy bacteria’, or probiotics, known to help digestion and boost the immune system. Natual yogurt is very good for you.
- Ayran helps settle your stomach and is the ideal accompaniment for spicy dishes, curries, and many Turkish meals.
Check out our easy Ayran recipe below and let us know what you think.
Easy Turkish Ayran RecipePrint This
- 250 ml Natural Yogurt
- 250 ml Cold Mineral Water
- 1 tsp Salt
For best and most frothy results, pop all the ingredients in a blender and whizz for around 30 seconds. Serve up in 4 small water glasses.
Have you tried Ayran? Maybe you’ve been to Turkey and picked it up thinking it was milk in the supermarket (most do!). It’s something certainly worth acquiring a taste for if you can. Ayran is a little like marmite – you either love it or hate it! Which are you?
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