Authentic Sikkimese CuisineButter Tea

It is made from tea leaves, yak butter, water, and salt, although butter made from cow’s milk. It is made by boiling pu-erh tea leaves in water for half a day, achieving a dark brown color. It is then skimmed, and poured into a cylinder with fresh yak butter and salt which is then shaken. The result is a liquid that is about the thickness of a stew or thick oil. It is then poured into teapots or jars.

Butter Tea improves bone mineralization activity and have pharmacologically been shown to have anticarcinogenic and antidiabetic properties. At high altitudes, the benefits of butter tea are quite noticeable.

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