Saturday, July 29, 2006
(The slogan is Turkish for "Drink Ayran"]
I am addicted to ayran. It is a refreshing drink in hot weather, and has a soothing effect as a bedtime drink. It has a creamy look and texture and the first time you drink it, if you are not aware that it is basically diluted yoghurt, you might well throw up. But do persist.
According to Wikipedia "Ayran (Turkish: Ayran), (Bulgarian: айрян or sometimes мътеница, literally dreggy or oily liquid), (Greek: Αϊράνι), is a popular Turkish drink made of yoghurt and water. The ayran made from sheep yoghurt has a quite thick taste, fatty but also delicious. It is similar to the Iranian drink, Doogh. Salt is usually added to ayran for flavour".
Never mind all that. Go and get a pot of Greek style, ie thick, yoghurt from your local supermarket, put three dessertspoonfuls in a jug and whisk in water a splash at a time till it is diluted to your taste (The less water the creamier the ayran, of course. A proportion of 2Y:1W is a good starting point). I also add a pinch of salt to make it a little sharper.
I know you are not going to try ayran; that's a pity because you are missing something which is not only thirst-quenching and soothing but is also good for your digestion.
Go on, make some! Ayran iciniz! "Afiyet olsun!"