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Alternative namesAyran, tan, dove, or yogurt milk
TypeDairy product
Place of originGreater Iran
Region or stateCentral Asia, Middle East
Serving temperatureCold
Main ingredientsYogurt, water, salt
Bottle of carbonated tan sold in Yerevan, Armenia

Doogh (Persian: دوغ‎, romanizeddūgh) (Albanian: dhallë; Azerbaijani: ayran; Arabic: شنينةšinīna or عيرانayran; Syriac: ܕܘܓ̄ܐdove; Turkish: ayran; Armenian: թան t'an; Pashto: شلومبېshrombey; Bulgarian: айрян; Kurdish: mastaw‎) is a cold savory yogurt-based beverage that is mixed with salt.[1][2] It is popular in Central Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8]


Doogh is served chilled and often as an accompaniment to grilled meat or rice,[9] especially during summer.[10] It is made by mixing yogurt with chilled or iced water[11] and is sometimes carbonated and seasoned with mint.[12][13][14] Doogh has been variously described as "diluted yogurt"[4] and "a most refreshing drink made by mixing yogurt with iced water".[15]

The traditional way of preparing the drink among various Iranic peoples is straight from milk, without yogurt, using a waterskin, known as Mashk (مشک) in Luri and Persian in Iran, and Maskah (مسکه) in Afghanistan. This is done by pouring the milk in the waterskin, usually made of deer or sheep skin, and shaking it for hours, sometimes using a wooden structure to keep the waterskin above the ground with woolen strings to make the task easier. [16][17]


Doogh is an Iranian fermented drink[18][19] that has long been a popular drink and was consumed in ancient Persia (modern-day Iran).[20] Described by an 1886 source as a cold drink of curdled milk and water seasoned with mint,[21] its name derives from the Persian word for milking, dooshidan.[12]

Other similar drinks include ayran in Turkey, t’an in Armenia and lassi in Southern Asia and are popular in Asian countries; however, they can differ from doogh.[22]

According to Nevin Halıcı, ayran was consumed by Turkic people of Central Asia.[4] A c. 1000 CE Turkish dictionary, Dīwān ul-Lughat al-Turk, defines ayran as a "drink made out of milk.[23]

The Turkish word ayran comes from the Proto-Turkic *ajran or *ayran.[24]

Turkish national drink status[edit]

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, a Turkish politician who has held the posts of President and Prime Minister, has promoted ayran as a national drink.[25] Speaking at a 2013 WHO Global Alcohol Policy Conference held in Istanbul, Erdoğan contrasted ayran with alcohol, which he claimed was a recent introduction to Turkey.

Nevertheless, sales of ayran in Turkey may lag behind other non-alcoholic beverages.[26] According to a 2015 joint statement from the Soft Drink Producers Association, the Sparkling Water Producers Association, and the Milk Producers and Exporters Union of Turkey, ayran consumption during Ramadan had declined every year for the years 2010 to 2015.[26]

In 2015, Turkey's Customs and Trade Ministry, controlled by Erdoğan's party, imposed a 220,000 TL fine (approximately $70,000) on state-owned Çaykur manufacturers, stating that ayran had been "insulted without reason" in one of their advertisements for iced tea, in which the rapper Ceza rapped that ayran makes him sleepy; the ministry halted advertisements of Çaykur's competing ice-tea product.[27]


Salt can be added, as can black pepper. Dried mint or pennyroyal can also be mixed in, as well as lime juice. One variation includes diced cucumbers to provide a crunchy texture to the beverage. Some varieties of doogh are carbonated.

See also[edit]

  • Borhani, yogurt-based drink from Bangladesh
  • Calpis, Japanese yogurt-based soft drink
  • Chal, fermented camel's-milk
  • Chaas, yogurt-based drink made with yogurt, salt and water, and occasional mint and coriander leaves
  • Chalap, beverage consisting of fermented milk, salt, and carbonated water
  • Filmjölk, a yogurt drink from Sweden
  • Kefir, fermented milk drink made with yeast grains
  • Kumis, fermented mare's milk drink[4]
  • Lassi, yogurt-based drink from the Indian Subcontinent
  • Qatiq, fermented-milk beverage
  • Yayık ayranı, Turkish soured and churned yogurt-based drink


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