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What better way to start out a cold winter morning, than with a cup of delicious Bho-ja. It’s warming, it’s comforting, and I love its distinct aroma. We make bho-ja regularly in our home for my son who just loves it. Luckily for me, my husband had the brilliant idea to use a little handheld milk frother instead of the huge blender for a single cup of tea – this really worked well and also made it really easy for us to make a cup of bho-ja without too much fuss.  If allowed, I think our son could happily empty out a whole thermos full of bho-ja (but that might be a little too much caffeine for him!).  Still, it is nice to see a third generation Tibetan in exile, growing up in America, happily keeping up his people’s notorious tradition of drinking salty butter tea.


3 Cups Water

1 teaspoon broken tea leaves (Compressed Tea)

½ Cup Milk

½ teaspoon salt

1 Tablespoon Butter


Bring the water to a boil, add tea leaves and let simmer (about 10-15 minutes) until the tea is a dark amber color. Unlike regular tea leaves, the full flavor of this type of compressed tea is brought out only after a good boiling.

Strain the tea, add warm milk, salt, butter and then you churn it. Churning can be done using a blender – I use a hand held one, but a milk frother also works well.

A time saving trick is to brew a concentrated black tea, and then you can skip the first step, just add hot water to the concentrate, along with milk, salt, butter – a quick swift blend and your tea is ready.


Compressed Tea: In Chinese/Korean grocery stores in the west, this type of tea is called “Pu ehr Beeng Cha”


2 comments on “Bho-ja

  1. Pingback: Bho-ja | Mark Masselli Vegetarian

  2. Sarah
    April 10, 2011

    Thank you! I’ve been looking around for an authentic or close to butter tea recipe. I love the Tibetan culture and am thrilled to have discovered your blog.

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