I don’t know if I’ve ever told you that my husband is from Armenia. (It’s a small country in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia, located between Western Asia and Eastern Europe.)
So, it was just a matter of time until an Armenian recipe would make it to the blog.
It’s really hot in Armenia during summer and Armenians know very well how to deal with hot weather. This yogurt drink, called tan or tahn, is one of their secrets.
Tan is made from cucumber, yogurt and water with addition of salt which helps to replace electrolytes. Using herbs is optional but adds a lot of flavor to the drink as well as some healthy nutrients.
In fact, similar drinks are very popular all over Middle East.
When I first tried it, I couldn’t believe how tasty it was and so perfect for hot summer days! It’s also very easy to make and so healthy too. This is my kind of recipe!
I am not an expert on Armenian cooking and had to transform my husband’s vague instructions:
Mix some yogurt with water, add cucumber, and salt, and parsley. But make sure to add more salt, you never add enough salt. It should be liquid so you can drink it but not too much water. And peel the cucumber.
into an actual recipe.
The recipe worked out really well and was approved by my husband, so I assume, it’s quite true to the actual Armenian tan drink.
Make sure to chill the drink in the fridge for at least one hour before serving.
I also read on the internet that tan is usually served in ceramic mugs so that it stays cold longer. I don’t have any ceramic mags, so we had to settle for the plain glasses.
1 English cucumber, peeled and chopped into chunks
3/4 tsp sea salt
handful of parsley
4 cups water
Place the yogurt, cucumber chunks, sea salt and parsley into a blender. If your blender is big enough, add 1/2 cup of water. Put the lid on the blender and blend for about 1.5 to 2 minutes until everything is liquefied.
Pour the mixture into a pitcher. Add the rest of the water and stir.
Chill in the fridge for at least one hour before serving.
This drink keeps well in the fridge for up to 24 hours.