A cup of chai accompanied by a spoonful of sugar
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Delicious Butter Tea (Tibetan Tea) Recipe

Delve into the buttery and salty taste of this Tibetan tea!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Total Time12 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Tibetan
Keyword: butter, butter tea
Appliance: Stove
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Ishani Bose


  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 tbsp of loose black tea
  • 2 tbsp of salted butter (yak butter, if possible)
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 cup of milk


  • To make butter tea, bring the water to a boil in a stainless steel pot.
  • Add the loose tea to the water and allow it to steep for 2-3 minutes. Add the salt.
  • Strain the mixture to remove the tea leaves.
  • Add the milk and then remove the mixture from heat.
  • Pour the tea into a blender, along with the butter.
  • Blend for 1-2 minutes until it has a consistent texture.
  • Serve the tea immediately, as it tastes better when hot!


Serve the tea right away, as it tastes the best when it is hot.