Do you drink ayran?
Turks love to drink ayran all year around. Ayran is a yogurt based salty drink, a very healthy cold beverage indeed.
If you like eating yogurt, you should try drinking ayran too.
I grew up as an Izmirian making lots of ayran especially long summer season. When I moved to US about 10 years ago, people were surprised that I do not drink any Coke or any sugar-based drinks. I never cared for sugary drinks, I never developed taste for it. What I was used to drink ayran or mineral water. It is not possible to find ayran in Northwest US. I live in Portland, Oregon, there is no ayran concept here, let alone possibility of buying from grocery stores. However I was surprised to drink salty lassi in a Indian restaurant which was very similar taste to Turkish ayran. Even though I could not buy ayran from grocery stores, that did not bother me much, because I make ayran at home all the time.
Does it taste exactly the same, like I used to do it in my hometown Izmir, not precisely, but close. Water and yogurt taste a bit different here, but that does not mean I should not make ayran anyway.
Back in Turkey, we used generally whole yogurt to make ayran. In fact since we liked savory taste, a few days old yogurt made better ayran. My mom used to make yogurt at home. I learned from her how to make good yogurt, so time to time I make my own yogurt here in US too.
To make ayran is simple. The ration for whole milk yoğurt ( tam yağlı yogurt ) is 1/3.
For American plain yogurt since it is much lighter than Turkish yogurt, use the ratio 1/2 yogurt and water combination.
In a deep bowl put 1/2 cup of plain yogurt.
Stir with a spoon about 10 minutes.
Add 1 cup cold water slowly, keep stirring until yogurt dissolve into the water. Whip water and yogurt until you have a consistent mixture and make foam on top.
Add 1/4 teaspoon salt.
If you do not like to stir a long time with a spoon, then try these alternative methods:
In a glass jar combine salt, yogurt and water. Close the jar with the lid tightly. Then shake it a few minutes. It takes less time than spoon stirring.
However if you have a blender, it can take only 40 seconds to make ayran.
Ayran is a perfect summer drink. It is light and have lots of protein in it.
Serving Size: 100 ml
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat : 0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat :2.2 g , 3 %
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
1 cup yogurt ( 8fl oz/ 245 gr )
In Turkey, you can buy ayran from every grocery stores, market, food court. There are many brands sell ayran such as; Pınar, Eker, Sütaş, Ömür, Yörsan, Sek and more.
Ayran in 250 ml container, 2% fat.
Ayran is a traditional Turkish cold beverage made from yogurt, water and salt.
Nutritional information per 100 g:
Energy: 153 KJ / 37 kcal
Protein: 2.0 g
Carbohydrates: 2.4 g, of which sugars: 2.4 g
Fat: 2.1 g, of which saturated fatty acids: 1.2 g
Fiber: 0 g
Sodium: 0.3 g
For the travels a little note: If you are in Turkey on the road, if you are around Balıkesir’s Susurluk district, try Susurluk ayran, and if you are on the road to Menemen, try to drink yayık ayran there too!
Here is my favorite Sütaş ayran commercial.