Doogh (Persian: دوغ, Azerbaijani: Ayran آیران, Armenian: Թան tan, Iraqi: شنينة shinēna) is a savory yogurt-based national drink beverage of Iran. It is very popular in Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Afghanistan, Armenia, Iraq, and Syria. It is sometimes carbonated and seasoned with mint. Outside of Iran and Azerbaijan, it is known by different names.
Doogh has long been a popular drink and was consumed in ancient Persia (modern-day Iran). Described by an 1886 source as a cold drink of curdled milk and water seasoned with mint, its name derives from the Persian word for milking, dooshidan. By 2009 it was being referred to as a "minted yogurt drink".
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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