Shineena (شنينة) is a very popular yogurt drink in Iraq. It is also known as ayran (عيران) in Turkey.
It is delicious and refreshing, and usually we make an entire jug, refrigerate it, and drink from it throughout the day.
If the shineena is not served right away, the water will separate from the yogurt, but this is easily solved by giving it a stir.The salt in the drink is completely optional, and to me slightly addictive, so I would recommend trying it without salt before deciding to add any.
Making shineena in a blender is not only fast, but it also gives us the wonderful foamy layer, which kids adore.
1 cup plain yogurt
1 cup ice cubes
salt, to taste
Put the yogurt, ice, and salt to taste in a blender, and blend for 2 to 3 minutes until foamy at the top.
Serve in tall glasses immediately.
Delicious as a refreshing drink by itself or as an accompaniment to food.