Tibetan yak butter tea
Tea is an important beverage in the communities of the Himalayas. Here, you won't find bags of Lipton steeping in steaming mugs. Loose black tea leaves are combined with other ingredients to enhance the warming potential of the drink. Butter and salt are often used in Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan and the Buddhist communities of Northern India. In Tibet, at least, the butter is made from the most readily available source of dairy: local yaks.
Yak butter tea is served at almost every occasion. It's the morning drink of choice, and a bowl is poured for guests whenever they visit. The tea itself has quite a kick. The leaves and water are often simmered for 12 hours before being combined with the yak butter.
Get that taste of the Himalyas right in your own kitchen with this butter tea recipe.