Salty Salty Chai

Every time I sip a cup of tea, my lips naturally curl up into a smile.

It’s the world’s best mood enhancer.

Chai tea is particularly warming.

In Kazakhstan people like to add salt, pepper, butter, and even sour cream (Kalmak) to their tea.

It’s a whole new world of flavor.

If you’re feeling adventurous add a few salty shakes, buttery tabs, or sour cream plops into our homemade chai.

You can also try it with plain black tea – like we did with our butter tea from Bhutan.

It’s all good.

As long as it makes you smile!

Don’t you think?

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In Kazakhstan people like to add salt, pepper, butter, and even sour cream (Kalmak) to their tea.Salty Salty Chai
Servings Prep Time
1person 5minutes
Servings Prep Time
1person 5minutes
  1. Season black tea as desired.

Recipe Copyright Sasha Martin, Global Table Adventure. For personal or educational use only.


  1. Jessica Bennett says

    What I do when I hear of dish I’ve never heard of is try to picture the taste in my mind. So, salt in tea. . . yes, I can taste that in my mind- it makes sense. Same with pepper and butter. But sour cream? That one I can’t imagine. Of course, I don’t like sour cream and try to avoid it whenever possible, so perhaps that’s why I can’t imagine it in tea. Did you try your tea with sour cream?

    • Sasha Martin says

      Kalmak has to be a different type because regular sour cream curdled on me. 🙁

    • Sasha Martin says

      Oh yes! Me, too – not sure how I forgot that one – I just had that last night.

  2. Brian S. says

    I’ve run into salty tea in the Yasin Valley, high in the mountains where the Hindu Kush meet the Karakorams. But your recipe isn’t clear… do you just make a cup of tea and add salt? And how much salt? One teaspoon of salt is 2000 mg, your daily maximum.

    • Sasha Martin says

      Yes, sorry – just make a cup of tea and add salt. The total amount is up to you – sort of like adding sugar to tea – everyone is going to like a different amount.

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