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How to Make Ayran - A Healthy Turkish Yogurt Drink

If you have been to Turkey, you have probably observed most of the Turkish people drinking a bubbly, milky white beverage almost with every meal – may it be breakfast, lunch, snacks or even dinner.

Have you ever wondered what they were drinking? Indeed, it could be something else but milk. So what could it be?

They are drinking ayran, a healthy yoğurt-based salty beverage that is usually served with almost every main dish or meal in Turkey. This nutritious drink is prepared by mixing plain yoğurt with water and salt to make a wholesome refreshing beverage. And it's not only popular in Turkey but also in the other neighboring European, Central Asian and Middle Eastern countries where it is usually offered as a regular beverage just like fruit juices and soft drinks in most restaurants.

"Homemade ayran with a bubbly top."

"Homemade ayran with a bubbly top."

Since ayran is not just any other beverage but a healthy one, most of the Turks would prefer to have ayran to accompany their every meal rather than by drinking soft drinks or any other canned juices.  Commercially made ayran are mostly sold fresh in tightly sealed plastic cup containers, plastic bottles in liters, and single serving tetra packs.

And the good news is... if you haven’t tried ayran yet, you don’t have to be in Turkey to experience drinking ayran. It's so quick and easy to make that you can easily make a glass or two for yourself at home or even at work. By following the recipe below, anyone can easily make a very healthy yoğurt drink anytime! And once you get the taste of it, a glass of ayran won’t be enough. You’ll be looking forward for more!

Here below is a very quick and easy recipe on how to make Turkish ayran.


Turkish Ayran sold ready-to-drink. (Personal Photo by Loren Akten)

Turkish Ayran sold ready-to-drink. (Personal Photo by Loren Akten)

Things You'll Need:

  • electric blender or mixer
  • mixing bowl


  • 2 cups plain yoğurt
  • 2 cups cold water
  • salt to taste


Method 1:

  • In a mixing bowl, pour yoğurt and water. Whisk or blend (using an electric mixer) until well blended and texture becomes smooth. Add in salt and continue beating until bubbles start to appear on its surface creating a thick head of foam.

Method 2:

  • Another way of preparing it is to put all the ingredients together in an electric blender. Blend all the ingredients for about a minute or two until mixture turns thick and bubbly causing a thick head of foam to appear on top. Pour the ayran into clear glasses.

Now your healthy drink is ready to serve. Ayran is always best served when chilled.

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Did You Know?

  • The word yoghurt or yogurt originally comes from the Turkish word “yoğurt” (pronounced yoh-urt in Turkish) which is derived from the verbs yoğurtmak meaning “to knead” and yoğun which means "dense" or "thick". Later, several variations with both the word and its spelling have been adopted in some other countries.
  • Ayran is believed to have originated as a way of preserving yoğurt by adding salt.

"Ayran, a healthy and refreshing drink." (Photo by Loren Akten)

"Ayran, a healthy and refreshing drink." (Photo by Loren Akten)

Health Benefits in Drinking Ayran

Health studies show that yoğurt is packed with lots of nutritional health benefits beyond those of milk. Therefore by drinking a glass of ayran, you get not just calcium but also protein, riboflavin and vitamins B6 and B12. It also helps in promoting weight loss by using a low fat yoğurt to make ayran.

More so, ayran may be safely consumed by people who are moderately lactose-intolerant.

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Loren's Gem (author) from Istanbul, Turkey on August 15, 2010:

Absolutely right! Thanks for dropping by Jumbo and for leaving your comment. :-)

Jumbo on July 21, 2010:

The best drink in Turkey. I know the best because I am Turkish. Thanks for the recipe. Five stars.

Loren's Gem (author) from Istanbul, Turkey on July 21, 2010:

Ripplemaker, akirchner & Money Glitch - THANKS SO MUCH! I didn't even know that one of my hubs has been nominated for this week's Hubnugget until I read your comments here. :-)

Money Glitch from Texas on July 18, 2010:

Hhmm interesting info! Thanks for sharing info on this Turkish yogurt drink. Not sure that I will try it, however, at least now I know something about it. Congrats on being selected as one of this week's nominees for the HubNugget's Wannabe Contest. Good luck to you!

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on July 18, 2010:

Nicely done - and congrats on the nomination!

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on July 16, 2010:

Joyful Yogurty Announcement: Congratulations! Your hub is a Hubnugget Wannabe! Yup, the Hubnuggets team liked your hub and has nominated it for this week's Hubnuggets! Check the link and the Food and Cooking Category! Vote and promote. :)

Loren's Gem (author) from Istanbul, Turkey on July 14, 2010:

Thanks a lot Noorin! And I've just enjoyed reading your wonderfully-written hubs as well. Keep it up! :-)

noorin from Canada on July 13, 2010:

Super easy, super healthy and straight forward. Great hub. I like ur style of writing. Looking forward for more. =)

Loren's Gem (author) from Istanbul, Turkey on July 04, 2010:

M.S. Fowler - thanks for gracing my hub! :-)

Oishi - that's true, the ayran that comes in tetra packs/containers taste just as great as the homemade ones. Glad you've been to Turkey and loved it here. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments! :-)

oishi on July 04, 2010:

I have actually tasted Ayran (the ones commercially sold in tetra-packs) and it tastes simply great. Your hub brought back so many great memories, including that of the friendly waiter who first insisted us on tasting it.

Love Turkey.

Love your hub.

M.s Fowler from United states on July 01, 2010:

very useful hub!

Loren's Gem (author) from Istanbul, Turkey on July 01, 2010:

Putzballard, OnlineHub, Om Paramapoonya & MTS Toutjian - Thank you guys for dropping by and leaving your comments.

Indeed, ayran is a very healthy drink not just for you but also for the kids! It's more worth than just trying, got to drink it more often. :-)

MTS Toutjian on July 01, 2010:

Wow! Such a healthy drink and so easy to make. My husband loves yogurt and I will let him try this one :-)

Om Paramapoonya on June 30, 2010:

Oh yum! I love making drinks and desserts with yogurt. And this recipe just sounds so simple and delicious. I've got to try it! :)

OnlineHub from Fresno, CA, USA on June 21, 2010:

Excellent information about Ayran, A Healthy Yogurt Drink in Turkey. I like reading your article and thanks for sharing it :-). I like yogurts and I'm curious to try this healthy recipe soon. 5* plus recommendation!

Putz Ballard on June 21, 2010:

Interesting just might have to give it a try.

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