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Ayran (Syrian Yogurt Drink)

Ayran is a refreshing salty 3 ingredient Syrian yogurt drink that takes only 2 minutes to make. It is served throughout the Middle East with different names and variations. Here I will show you 3 most popular ways to make and enjoy Ayran.

This drink will make you enjoy whole milk yogurt to the fullest. Perked up with some salt it goes pretty well with any meaty or spicy meal. It is especially delicious with kebabs and shawarma too.

Ayran reminds us a little bit of Indian lassi, just without the common additions of mango or strawberry flavour and sugar.




Basic Ayran:

▢ 2 cups plain whole milk yogurt.

▢ 1 cup cold water.

▢Salt to your liking.


Green Ayran:

▢Basic Ayran.

▢Fresh mint leaves to your liking. I’ve used 6-8 small mint leaves per cup of Ayran.


Foamy Ayran:

▢ 2 cups plain whole milk yogurt.

▢ 1/2 cup cold water.

▢ 1/2 cup sparkling water or club soda

▢Salt to taste.

▢ Dry mint for garnishing optional



To make the basic Ayran:

In a deep bowl add yogurt and whisk to make it smooth.

Gradually add water while whisking.

Season with salt and taste to adjust.


To make Green (mint) Ayran:

Finely chop fresh mint leaves and add to the basic ayran. You can also use a blender for easy blending.


Foamy Ayran:

In a deep bowl combine all the ingredients and beat with an electric mixer until foamy, take about 2 minutes.

Pour in cups and spoon the foam on top.

Garnish with some dry mint flakes.

Serve chilled or over ice cubes.


Lara Khouli