Karak tea or Karak Chai is a type of Indian masala tea that is very popular in the Middle East, especially the gulf area. A hot spiced tea recipe that is absolutely flavorful and unforgettable. The aroma and creaminess in this little cup is beyond this world.
Next time try this easy ginger latte.
❤️ Why You'll Want to Make It
- Perfect hot drink for cold fall and snowy winter days.
- The spices in this karak tea are just the right blend that will make you smile as soon as you smell it.
- Will make your kitchen smells heavenly.
- A kid friendly drink with non caffeinated tea, so creamy and comforting
What is better than wrapping your fingers around a hot cup of tea in the harsh winter weather?, or in hot summer, actually I do not care what the weather is!! I enjoy tea every single day no matter what.
And with this super aromatic tea, that has a lot of Middle Eastern spices, you will want nothing but a cozy couch.
Note: This is an overview of the ingredients. You'll find the full measurements and instructions in the recipe card (printable) at the bottom of the page.
- Tea, any type of black tea is good for this recipe.
- Evaporated milk, make sure it is unsweetened evaporated not condensed milk.
- Sugar, you can also use other sweeteners.
- Spices, this includes cardamom, cloves, cinnamon or nutmeg. More on that in the sections below.
Note: This is an overview of the instructions. The detailed instructions are in the recipe card below.
- In a pot add water, tea bags, spices and sugar if using.
- Stir to combine and bring to a boil.
- Add evaporated milk, reduce heat to low and let it simmer for 3-5 minutes.
💡 Amira's Tips
For tea enthusiast only: Since milk and sugar are added it is better to brew strong tea. Leave the tea longer boiling with spices for a strong flavor. You can also leave it simmering for up to 10 minutes after adding the milk.
- This recipes makes 2 cups, 8 oz each, so sweeten it to your taste.
- I do not normally use a measuring cup, and just use the teacup I am serving the tea in.
- Do not use sweetened condensed milk as it will make the tea too sweet.
- You can use regular milk but evaporated makes it more rich.
- I've used only cardamom and cloves for my tea. Karak lovers also add cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, threads of saffron and ginger. Use more or less spices according to your liking.
- Use black tea leaves or tea bags whatever you are comfortable with.
- Make it kid friendly by using caffeine free tea.
- For a vegan tea use your favorite plant based milk. Take care that coconut milk will add a coconut flavor.
- For keto or low carb recipe use Stevia or any sweetener you like and substitute heavy cream for evaporated milk.
Generally speaking, spiced tea is any kind of tea boiled or steeped with aromatic spices. Either for health issues or just for the sake of it, but there are so many types of spiced tea in this world. Being a tea advocate, it is a shame that I've only tried a few.
This recipe can be easily turned healthier or to suite any health issues. If you want it dairy free just replace evaporated milk with the plant based milk of your choice, I like cashew milk the most. Make a sugar free version by skipping sugar or adding any sugar substitute you like.
📣 Related Recipes
- Sahlab is a warm thick pudding like Middle eastern drink popular during winter time. Here is an authentic recipe for Sahlab with ingredients that gives it its characteristic flavors.
- A refreshing cup of cardamom tea is the perfect way to calm your mind and body.
- Made with real chocolate this Italian hot chocolate is creamy and rich and is everything you want on a blustery day.
- Simple ginger latte in less than 5 minutes, this coffee shop style drink does not even need ginger syrup!.
👩🏫 My Experience
This is one of the most popular Middle Eastern tea, and it is most common in the Gulf area specially in Yemen and Emirates, I've heard that this is sold by street vendors in every corner in the U.A.E.
Have you ever visited U.A.E before? I would love to go there one day. I've heard it is one of the most charming and expensive countries in the Middle East.
One that you'll go bankrupt if you visit, because you'll want to buy everything and the quality of the goods there is even better than here in the US.
Women like to buy gold when they go the gulf area, gold there is of a very high quality and the jewelry craftsmanship is beyond this world.
I remember when I was like 11 years old, we went to a wedding party in KSA. In those parties women and men are separated meaning, women are celebrating in a different place than men with their own banquet and with the bride among them.
When I stepped in there, I've found lots of women dressed up to the finest and latest fashion, and almost covered in shiny gold which was a scene I'm not used to ^o^. At that time, I was not very much interested in gold, so I wonder what will I do now if I stepped in a wedding like this .... poor hubby \(^o^)/.
Back to the real world, tea in the Middle East, specially black tea, is like coffee in the US. You can always find it in each and every household, no one can survive without tea specially mint tea. Women and men, poor or rich, single, married or with children, young, old and even children drink tea there. It is something cultural , and this is one of the tastiest tea recipes I've ever had.
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Karak Tea (Karak Chai)
- 2 cups of water
- 2 tea bags or 2 teaspoon loose tea.
- 5 oz evaporated unsweetened milk
- Sugar to taste
- 8 cardamom pods
- 4-5 whole cloves
Optional spices to add, use any or all of the following
- ⅛ - ¼ teaspoon cinnamon You can also use one cinnamon stick
- ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
- 4 slices of fresh ginger You can also use ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- 3-5 Saffron threads
- In a pot, or tea pot, add water, tea bags and sugar. Stir to combine.
- Add the spices you are using and bring to a boil.
- Add milk, reduce heat and simmer for 3-5 minutes.
- Strain, pour in serving cups.
- For tips and variations check the post above.
- Please check the nutrition disclaimer policy.
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First published Oct 22, 2018 . Last updated February 9, 2023 better instructions and readability.
Sounds very much like Indian masala chai but definitely a keeper although I've yet to make it
But the ground beef/zucchini casserole sounds delish! And way more easy to prepare than traditional mashi.
Lastly, about the UAE you don't really want to go there even for a holiday. Trust me, I worked there.
I believe you are saying this because it is so hot over there, I used to live in KSA during my childhood so kind of used to it :).
Adore spiced tea. Will try this very soon. Thanks.
thanks for sharing this simple but authentic recipe! I will try soon.
But I'm not a big fan of sweetened drinks, can I skip that?
Or that will lose the point of making this tea?
Haven't tried that Hannah, if you do try it please let us know. Thanks.