Karak Chai is a strong tea made in Qatar. It is a very popular drink and it can be bought in coffee shops or from street vendors too. Unlike a cup of tea as we know it, this one is made with spices and it is also very strong. The tea is boiled for 3 to 5 minutes, making it much more stronger than a standard cup of tea we are used to in the western world.
I’ve seen that there are variations of this kind of tea, using different spices. I’ve used the ones that are most common, making it as close as possible to the original recipe. Otherwise, you can add rose petals and cinnamon. Of course, to have a good cup of tea, you will need very good quality loose tea. We have loose tea for everyday use, as it’s so much better and it’s also a way to cut down on single use plastics. I keep teabags for when I’m away on holiday, as it can be a bit of a hassle to get loose tea with me.
Ingredients for 2 cups of Karak Chai:
– 2 heaped tsp of good quality loose Black Tea
– 2 heaped tsp of sugar
– 3-4 pods of cardamom
– 3 strings of saffron
– 6 tsp evaporated milk
Bring to boil 600ml water in a saucepan. Add the loose tea, the sugar, and the spices and boil at medium heat. I boiled my tea for 3 minutes, but you can boil it for up to 5 minutes, depending on your taste. If it is the first time you are making this, keep it on the hob for 3 minutes.
Remove from the hob, strain the tea and add the evaporated milk. Your Karak Chai is ready to be enjoyed. If you want to make some biscuits, why not try Chaclama, Arabic coconut biscuits made with condensed milk.