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For the village in Iran, see Doogh, Iran.
Bottle of carbonated tan sold in Yerevan, Armenia
Bottles of Doogh sold in a Rest stop restaurant, Iran

Doogh (Armenian: Թան, Persian: دوغ‎, Iraqi: شنينة Shinēna) is a savory yogurt-based beverage popular in Iran, Afghanistan, Armenia, Iraq, and Syria. It is sometimes carbonated and seasoned with mint.[1] Outside of Iran and Afghanistan, it is known by different names.


Doogh has long been a popular drink and was consumed in ancient Persia (modern-day Iran).[2] Described by an 1886 source as a cold drink of curdled milk and water seasoned with mint,[3] its name derives from the Persian word for milking, dooshidan.[1] By 2009 it was being referred to as a "minted yogurt drink".[4]


Salt (and sometimes pepper) is added, and commonly dried mint or pennyroyal is mixed in as well. One variation includes diced cucumbers to provide a crunchy texture to the beverage. Some varieties of doogh lack carbonation.

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  1. ^ a b Islamic Republic of Iran (26–29 January 2009). Project Document for a Regional Standard for Doogh (CX/NEA 09/5/8) (PDF). Tunis, Tunisia: United Nations. Joint FAO/WHO food standards programme of the FAO/WHO coordinating committee for the Near East. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Simmons, Shirin (2007). Treasury of Persian Cuisine. Stamford House Publishing. ISBN 1-904985-56-4. 
  3. ^ Grosart, Alexander (17 July 1886). "Soor-doock" and "doogh". The Academy and literature 30 (742). Blackburn. p. 59. 
  4. ^ Dickerman, Sara (June 4, 2009). "Persian Cooking Finds a Home in Los Angeles". The New York Times. Retrieved June 27, 2009.