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holding a cup of karak chai tea

Karak Chai Tea

  • Author: Lily
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Karak tea is a chai milk black tea made with black tea, sweetened condensed milk, freshly ground cardamom, sugar, and saffron.


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  • 6 cups water
  • 2 tbsp black loose leaf tea
  • 1 tbsp fresh ground cardamom (or mashed cardamom pods)
  • 6 tbsp sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 6 to 8 strands of saffron (optional)


  1. Bring black loose leaf tea, ground cardamom, and water to a boil. Boil for 15 minutes.
  2. Add the sugar, saffron, and sweetened condensed milk while stirring. Continue to boil for another 2 minutes.
  3. Strain the tea. Enjoy!


  • Cardamom is a necessary ingredient for this tea. There are two ways to prepare the cardamom: grind the cardamom in a coffee or spice grinder or mash the cardamom with a meat tenderizer. The main key is to break up the cardamom pop prior to adding it to boil.
  • Lipton yellow label black tea can be used as a substitute for loose leaf black tea. Boil the ground cardamom alone for the first 10 minutes then add the Lipton yellow label black tea for the last 5 minutes while continuing to boil. Continue with the remaining steps.
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 17 minutes
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Indian


  • Serving Size: 2/3 cup
  • Calories: 46 calories
  • Sugar: 10 g
  • Sodium: 15 mg
  • Fat: 1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Cholesterol: 5 mg

Keywords: karak chai tea, spiced milk tea, cardamom tea, tea with condensed milk, indian tea, emirati tea, chai tea

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