Yogurt In Turkey
Yogurt is an essential part of Turkish cuisine. Whether it is an appetizer, main dish, dessert, or beverage, you will see that the popular drink Ayran is almost available at every event and celebration.
Why does yogurt top the charts of Turkish drinks? You may find it interesting to know that the word yogurt is Turkish in origin. It comes from the verb ‘yogurmak’ which means ‘to thicken’. To this day, many people believe that yogurt production in Turkey dates back to the 6th century BCE.
There are many countries around the world that use yogurt as a key ingredient in both sweet and savory meals. Some of the most well-known names include chicken korma, a delicious Indian dish.
Other options are Greek tzatziki, a tempting sauce, Lebanese labneh, a thick cheese-like yogurt, and the famous Ayran recipe. Diliris Ertugrul, the television series that rose to prominence as a global sensation, is responsible for inspiring this refreshing Turkish yogurt drink.
What Is It?
The Ayran Turkish drink is a popular beverage that you can easily make by mixing yogurt, sparkling water, and a little salt. It is very refreshing, perfect for enjoying alone or with friends and family. Invigorate yourself on hot summers with this cool drink or use it to complement dishes like grilled chicken and rice. You can even find Turkish vendors making their own variations in markets, street corners, and bars. If you want to make it at home, you only need a few ingredients.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make Turkish yogurt drink.
- 2 cups plain yogurt
- 2 cups of water
- 7 ounces of milk
- ½ cup of sparkling water
- 1 tsp salt
- Some ice cubes
- A handful of chopped fresh mint (optional)
1. Combine yogurt and milk in a blender. Blend until frothy.
2. Add sparkling water and ice cubes after which the drink will become fizzy.
3. Add water and a little more if it is thick.
4. Blend on medium speed for a minute.
5. Pour into tall glasses.
6. Add mint to taste (optional).
7. Serve chilled.
Note: if you use soda water or add some crushed mint, you will have Doogh, the Iranian version of Ayran. The choice is yours, and either way, it is a must-have for everyone.
Next time you purchase yogurt, remember that you are not only investing in a simple snack. It is a cultured dairy product with many possibilities for innovation and more importantly, thousands of years of rich Turkish history behind it. Whether savory or sweet, yogurt is a tasty treat with huge potential and the Ayran recipe is proof of this.
If you are a fan of Diliris Ertugrul, then go ahead and binge-watch the show again with a glass of Ayran drink. Or, ask for it in any Turkish restaurant, bar, or roadside stall, and you won’t be disappointed. Do drop by to thank us later!
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