Himalayan Salted Butter Tea

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Himalayan Salted Butter Tea

Himalayan Salted Butter Tea

Made with yak butter and salt, a common accompaniment is tsampa which are dumpling shaped goodies made of roasted barley flour and is said to be the most widely eaten food in Tibet. For the cold weather in Tibet the addition of creamy butter is an energy sustaining effort as well as a practical one as the butter helps to prevent chapped lips. And let's be honest, it's really no stranger than adding whipped cream to the top of Hot Chocolate.

Himalayan Salted Butter Tea

I first made this at home and gave it to my husband who remarked how blissful it would be in the dead of Winter. I then served this to M and her boys and  Adrienne. Adrienne is a self described "chicken" when it comes to food having eschewed the rabbit offered to her but I thought it was good step forward that she tried the foamy Salted Butter tea. Her facial expression changed from puzzled and after a few sips she gradually warmed to it. M and her boys were completely different. From her first sip M declared "I love it" and the boys were clamouring for more cups and when M offered to make it for their breakfast they eagerly agreed saying that it reminded them of custard.

Himalayan Salted Butter Tea

My version uses sugar although the traditional recipe does not necessarily include it. Of course Earl Grey is not the tea that they use (although many use Lipton black tea nowadays) and I'm almost positive that they don't use Girgar Unsalted Danish butter but they happened to be what I had to hand. The traditional way of making it is with rancid butter but as you could imagine, I was clean out of rancid butter and didn't know how to make any.

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Himalayan Salted Butter Tea

Himalayan Salted Butter Tea

An original recipe by Not Quite Nigella

Makes 2 cups

  • 2 cups of whole milk

  • 2 teabags of black tea

  • 4 teaspoons of sugar

  • 2 tablespoons of butter

  • salt to taste

Himalayan Salted Butter Tea

Step 1 - Boil the milk with the teabags for 2-5 minutes. Add sugar and using a whisk, dissolve and then add butter and salt to taste. Whisk throughly so that it is foamy and the butter is completely emulsified.

Himalayan Salted Butter Tea