The word yoğurt is actually a Turkish word that has been adopted all around the world. In Turkish, the 'ğ' is silent, so it sounds more like 'yo-urt'.
As you may have guessed, in Turkey yogurt is extremely popular; however, it looks a lot different than what you find in other parts of the world. Turkish yogurt is generally sold plain and in large tubs. It is up to you to choose the fat content, consistency, and brand.
If you are looking for fruit yogurt, the most common one is Sütaş brand’s Meyveli Yoğurt, which comes in blackberry, peach/apricot, and strawberry flavors. Another option is to buy Activia brand yogurt, which is also quite prevalent in Turkey. These fruit types are much more likely to be found in urban areas.
Yogurt Buying Guide:
- kaymaklı yoğurt- yogurt with a layer of cream
- kaymaksız yoğurt- yogurt without cream on top, but still full fat
- "light" yoğurt (pink container) - lower fat yogurt
- meyveli yoğurt- fruit yogurt
- süzme yoğurt- strained yogurt (thicker) --> not to be confused with "süzme" peynir (cheese)
- ayran- salty yogurt drink
- kefir- fermented milk drink (great for your gut!)
I made up this simple breakfast recipe using ingredients that are quite easy to find in Turkey. I keep a container of the topping in my kitchen so all I need to worry about is making sure I have fresh yogurt to put it on. What is special about this recipe is that you are in control of the individual ingredients, so you do not need to worry about hidden sugars, chemicals, etc. This is an extremely filling breakfast that will give you plenty of energy to last until your next meal
For one serving
3/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt (200 grams)
Pinch of cinnamon
Drizzle of honey
Topping: (make a large batch, then use 1/2 cup per serving)
- Mix yogurt with a pinch of cinnamon. I usually add a lot of cinnamon, but you can adjust the amount to your taste.
- Add topping and drizzle with honey.
- Mix and enjoy!
Tips & Additional Information:
You can mix things up by changing the topping. For example: hazelnuts & dried apricots, almonds & raisins, or pistachios & chopped dried figs!
This makes a great post-workout snack or quick lunch.