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Karak Chai made with evaporated milk

Karak Chai

Karak Chai is Qatar’s famous tea that is made with black tea, cardamom and evaporated milk. Learn how to make this delicious strong Middle Eastern tea at home!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Arabic, Middle Eastern
Keyword: Indian Strong Tea, kadak chai, karak chai, karak tea
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 90kcal


  • 2 cups water
  • 3 teaspoons black tea leaves
  • 2 pods of cardamom crushed
  • 1/8 teaspoon of saffron
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk if using cardamom flavoured evaporated milk, then there’s no need to use cardamom pods.


  • In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil.
  • Add the black tea to the boiling water and let it steep for a minute or so.
  • Add the crushed cardamom and saffron and let the tea boil for 30 seconds or so.
  • Now add the sugar and evaporated milk and bring it to boil. Remove from heat, and then put back on heat and bring to a boil again. Continue this for 5 minutes until the karak tea is a rich caramel color.
  • Using a tea strainer, serve the tea in mugs immediately.


Calories: 90kcal
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