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Alternative namesAyran, Tan, Daweh or Yogurt Milk
TypeDairy product
Place of originIran, Turkey
Region or stateCentral Asia, Middle East
Serving temperatureCold
Main ingredientsYogurt, water, salt
Bottle of carbonated tan sold in Yerevan, Armenia

Doogh (Persian: دوغ‎, romanizedDoogh) (Albanian: Dhallë; Azerbaijani: ayran ; Arabic: شنينة šinīna or عيران ayran; Turkish: ayran; Armenian: թան t'an; Pashto: شلومبې‎; Kurdish: ماستاو) is a cold savory yogurt-based beverage that is mixed with salt.[1][2] It is popular in Iran,[3] Turkey,[4] Iraq,[5] Jordan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Israel, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan,[2] Russia, the Balkans,[6] Afghanistan,[7] Cyprus, Lebanon, Syria,[8] and Germany. Yogurt drinks are popular beyond the Middle East region.[9]


Doogh is served chilled and often as an accompaniment to grilled meat or rice,[10] especially during summer.[11] It is made by mixing yoghurt with chilled or iced water[12] and is sometimes carbonated and seasoned with mint.[13][14][15] Doogh has been variously described as "diluted yogurt"[4] and "a most refreshing drink made by mixing yogurt with iced water".[16]


According to Shirin Simmons, doogh has long been a popular drink and was consumed in ancient Persia (modern-day Iran).[17] Described by an 1886 source as a cold drink of curdled milk and water seasoned with mint,[18] its name derives from the Persian word for milking, dooshidan.[13]

According to Nevin Halıcı, doogh is a traditional Turkic drink and was consumed by nomadic Turks prior to 1000 CE.[4] According to Celalettin Koçak and Yahya Kemal Avşar (Professor of Food Engineering at Mustafa Kemal University), doogh was first developed thousands of years ago by the Göktürks, who would dilute bitter yogurt with water in an attempt to improve its flavor.[19]

A c. 1000 CE Turkish dictionary, Dīwān ul-Lughat al-Turk, defines doogh as a "drink made out of milk."[20]

Turkish national drink status[edit]

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, a conservative Turkish politician who has held the posts of President and Prime Minister, has promoted ayran as a national drink.[21] 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.[22] 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 has declined every year for the years 2010 to 2015.[22]

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 was "insulted without reason" in one of their advertisement for iced tea, in which the rapper Ceza rapped that ayran makes him sleepy, and halted advertisements of Çaykur's competing ice-tea product.[23]


Salt- and sometimes pepper- is added, and dried mint or pennyroyal can be mixed in as well, as well as lime juice. One variation includes diced cucumbers to provide a crunchy texture to the beverage. Some varieties of doogh have carbonation.

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
  • Skyr, Icelandic fermented-milk beverage


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