Ayran: Turkish Yoghurt Drink




About: I like to tinker. I'm a co-founder and active participant of my local hackerspace: Hack42 in Arnhem, the Netherlands. You can also find me on BookCrossing.com under the name Moem.

Ayran is a refreshing Turkish drink, made from yoghurt. It's very simple to make and it's perfect for a hot summer day. Unlike most other yoghurt based beverages, it's savoury, not sweet, which makes it perfect to have with a hearty meal.

As if that's not enough, it also has the magical ability to take the burning from hot peppers away instantly, so keep that in mind if you know you'll be having a spicy dish!

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Step 1: It Doesn't Take Much

I said this is simple, and it is! All you need is:

  • yoghurt, needs to be plain, can have your preferred fat contents
  • water (as much as you have yoghurt)
  • salt (fine grains is best for faster dissolving)

It's best if both the water and the yoghurt are already cold.

Step 2: Combine and Mix

Combine yoghurt and water, mix.

Then add two teaspoons of salt, and mix again, giving it the time to dissolve.

Taste it. Is it slighty salty, rather than brackish? If not, add a little bit more.

Step 3: That's All.

Yes, really. You're done. All that's left to do is making sure your ayran is well chilled, and serve. You can add ice if you like.

Step 4: Variations

Some more options:

  • Add lemon juice.
  • Add shredded mint leaves.

For an Indian version:

  • Instead of salt, add powdered cumin.

Serefe (= cheers) !

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    12 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Excuse me but why the beep did you use arabic font on those letters? Did you think it's related to Turks? Or do you think yoğurt or ayran is related to middle east culture?
    It from central asian culture! So if you'd use Old Turkic Alphabet, "even" that would make more sense...

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    For simple, decorative reasons. Because it looks nice.

    I've been to Turkey, I've also been to the Middle East; I know the difference. But to tell you the truth, many people do not, and to them it makes sense.

    If you're here to tell me that it doesn't make sense, then my answer is: you are right and I agree. But it still looks nice.

    It's a fake-Arabic font, by the way. If you can point me to something that looks Turkish and is pretty, I will be happy to use that instead.


    Reply 4 years ago

    I am one of the people who doesn't know the difference (sadly).

    I have often used plain yoghurt as chip dip, or salad dressing, but I'm not sure if I would like it as a drink. I guess I should try it and see. I do like spicy food and it would compliment it nicely. It would also be a good drink for staying hydrated and balancing electrolytes in the hot weather, so it makes sense that it is used as a summer drink in hot countries. I might give it a try sometime.


    Reply 4 years ago

    Sounds like you should take life a little less seriously, as well as yourself. This is a fine instructable, and Moem's choice of font is exactly that, hers. Get a grip and stop trying to make yourself look important.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Well, I do think that RaşitA1 has a point...it's as if you'd post a Dutch recipe and use a Fraktur font, which is German and not Dutch.
    But I can't think of something that's more fitting and still as decorative, and if anyone has good suggestions, I'd like to hear them.


    4 years ago

    and we call it lassi n drink it in summer


    4 years ago on Introduction

    I knew ayran was quite simple to make, but never could have guessed it was THIS easy :-)


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    There are similar drinks from Balkans to Iran, but our yoghurt just tastes better :)

    Sufyan Ahmed

    4 years ago

    this drink is commonly known as Laban.