Chai Karak is becoming the khaleegi regions drink of choice. You will easily find this hot spicy drink all over UAE and Qatar. This now popular drink called kadak chai was introduced from Asian workers and translates to strong tea but now no one seems to know how it was re-introduced with the name Chai Karak. Nevertheless, its smooth and creamy taste has won everyone over. This tea has not only adapted a new name but a new taste as well from the regions popular taste. Taste such as cardamom, ginger and saffron. Chai Karak is defiantly a tea that you can make to suit your own fancy so to speak. For example sometimes when I make it I use cardamom infused condensed milk rather than regular milk. You can add your favorite spices such as fresh ginger, crushed cardamom pods or saffron. Also some prefer to steep the tea in all milk while others water.
1 teaspoon black tea, loose
4 cardamom pods, crushed
fresh ginger, small piece
milk, to taste (about 1/4 cup)
sugar, to taste
1. In a 1-1/2 quart saucepan on high heat add water, cardamom, ginger and tea. Allow to come to a full boil. Remove from heat and allow to steep for 5 minutes.
2. Place pan back onto stove onto medium heat. Add sugar and milk, heat thoroughly and remove from heat. Pour tea through strainer into cup.
Yields: 1 cup