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Ayran: Nourishing Traditions of Turkish Cuisine

Step into the rich tapestry of Turkish culinary heritage with Ayran, a timeless and cherished beverage that transcends generations. Ayran, known for its refreshing taste and cultural significance, is not just a drink—it's a symbol of Turkey's enduring traditions and the perfect complement to its world-renowned cuisine.

In Turkish Cuisine

Ayran holds a prominent place in Turkish cuisine, where it's revered for its unique taste and nutritional benefits. Here's a closer look at its role in Turkish culinary traditions:

Everyday Refreshment

For Turks, Ayran is more than just a beverage; it's a daily ritual. Whether enjoyed at breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Ayran's creamy and slightly tangy flavor provides a refreshing contrast to the savory richness of Turkish dishes. It's an everyday refreshment that complements everything from kebabs to mezze spreads.

The Ideal Sidekick

No Turkish meal is complete without Ayran. Its cool and soothing properties make it the ideal sidekick to spicy and hearty dishes like "Adana kebap" or "Iskender kebap." Its yogurt base helps to balance the palate, making it a staple at both home-cooked meals and fine dining establishments.

Health and Well-being

Ayran isn't just delicious; it's also nutritious. Packed with probiotics and essential nutrients, it's believed to aid digestion and promote gut health. This makes it a beloved choice for those seeking a wholesome and natural drink.

Historical Roots

The history of Ayran in Turkey is intertwined with the country's deep-rooted traditions, reaching back to the pre-Ottoman and Ottoman eras:

Pre-Ottoman Heritage

Ayran's origins can be traced to ancient Anatolia, where nomadic Turkic tribes roamed the vast landscapes. These early Turks valued yogurt for its longevity and nutritional value. They combined yogurt with water and salt, creating a rudimentary form of Ayran, ideal for quenching thirst in the hot Anatolian summers.

Ottoman Elegance

During the Ottoman Empire, Ayran evolved from a simple drink into a refined and beloved beverage. Ottoman cuisine embraced yogurt-based dishes, and Ayran became a staple in the imperial kitchens. It was often served in elegant silver or copper cups, reflecting the empire's appreciation for both taste and aesthetics.

Global Presence

Ayran's appeal transcends Turkish borders, with similar drinks found in various cultures worldwide:

Mast-o Khiar in Iran

In Iran, a similar drink known as "Mast-o Khiar" is made by combining yogurt, cucumbers, and herbs. It's a popular accompaniment to Persian cuisine, especially during warm summer months.

Lassi in India

In India, "lassi" is a yogurt-based drink that can be either sweet or savory. It's enjoyed throughout the country and has many regional variations, highlighting its versatility and popularity.

From Turkey with Love

Ayran, a gift from Turkey to the world, embodies the country's commitment to preserving culinary traditions while embracing global appreciation. Its humble yet nourishing qualities make it a symbol of Turkish hospitality and the warm embrace of Anatolian culture.

So, whether you're sipping Ayran at a traditional Turkish restaurant, pairing it with a spicy "lahmacun" or "kebab," or exploring its international counterparts, each glass is a tribute to Turkey's timeless culinary heritage and its enduring love affair with this beloved drink.

Ayran is a extremely refreshing, very healthy and super famous drink in Turkey. Salty-yogurt foam up to beautiful perfection. It goes perfectly with many dishes like kebabs, pastries or any spicy meal. 

It is a simple mixture of yogurt, water and salt. Although non-Turkish people are likely to consider it as a summer drink probably because it is refreshing, this easy savory yogurt drink can’t be limited to one season. People in Turkey drink it all year round pairing with anything from Menemen (eggs with tomatoes) to their favorite Borek (stuffed phyllo sheets).

It’s very common in Turkey that you have simit (Turkish style bagel) and ayran for lunch. So it won’t be wrong to say that it is as common as water here. 

Besides being a wonderful thirst-quincher, this Turkish yogurt drink is very healthy too. For one thing, it is good for your digestive system, gut flora and a good source of protein and calcium thanks to yogurt. Also, it’s the best treat when your body dehydrate and lose salt during summer months.

Ayran is mainly the mixture of yogurt, cold water and salt, but there are some variations. The most popular one is produced in Susurluk, a small town in the West of Turkey.

What makes its ayran special is that it’s so frothy. You can imagine how it’s fun to drink it! The first part you have is its froth on the top and then you reach ayran. In some places, a few sprigs of fresh mint is added to give it more freshness and it becomes like a different drink with this combination! I prefer my ayran plain if I’m having it with some food, but I love to add fresh mint into it if I’m drinking it just for pleasure.


Yoghurt (50,1%), water, salt, modified starch, stabilizer: pectin.


Minimum Shelf-Life: 50 days
Storage temperature: +4°C – +6°C

Average nutrition value per 100g 

Energy: 134 kJ / 32 kcal
Fat: 1,7 g
Saturated Fat: 1,2 g
Carbohydrate: 2,4 g
From Sugar: 2,4 g
From Sugar: 1,7 g
Salt: 0,8 g
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