Karak Chai Tea (India)

karak teaOriginating in India, the four essential ingredients in Karak are milk, sugar, cardamom, and ginger. Karak is a dark tea, mellow with warm spices, and is anti-inflammatory.

Thank you to Munaty Cooking for this Indian Strong Tea recipe.


  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons evaporated milk
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 whole cardamom crushed
  • 1 whole clove
  • 1/2 inch slice of ginger
  • 2 tea bags
  • 1- inch stick of cinnamon


  1. In a saucepan, blend together the water, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and clove, and bring to a boil.
  2. Add sugar and the tea bags and reduce the heat, simmering for 1 minute.
  3. Turn off heat and cover the tea to steep for two minutes.
  4. Add milk and bring the tea to a boil again, letting it boil for 1 minute.
  5. Strain the tea and serve hot.

Recipe Notes

Karak is a delicate tea; letting it boil for too long will change its taste and reduce the flavor. Steeping the tea is the best way to let the flavor of the spices come together. You can reduce the amount of sugar added and use low fat evaporated milk as alternatives.



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