Since my last post, I have continued to sample and read about different foods from my Armenian heritage. Lately, I have enjoyed foods with a yogurt base, as yogurt (madzoun) was such an important part of the Armenian diet. This week, I am crazy for tahn.

Tahn is a yogurt drink, made with cold water and salt. Before western products were so readily available, a glass of tahn was considered a refreshing drink in hot weather, and would usually be offered ice-cold to a guest, much as we would offer a soda or iced tea, today.

Our western palates are more used to yogurt as a sweet, with fruit or honey, but it is wonderful in savory dishes and drinks, as well. Try a glass of tahn as the weather warms. It’s delicious!

Tahn

What You'll Need

  • 1 cup plain yogurt (I prefer Matsoni, for a traditional Armenian flavor)
  • 1 cup cold water
  • salt to taste

What To Do

Blend ingredients until smooth. Adjust the amount of cold water for a thicker or thinner consistency, as desired. Chill or serve immediately with ice cubes.