Karak Chai is a very popular black tea concoction made up of spices and milk, which deserves a place on your menu. It adds a home-made touch and can be savoured any time of the day or as a dessert substitute to end a meal on a sweet note.
Ginger 1 pc
Water 1 cup
Cardamom pods 4 pc
Cloves 4 pc
Cinnamon sticks 1 pc
Full Fat Milk 125 ml
Sugar 2 tsp
- Start by peeling your ginger and cutting half an inch into slices.
- In a metal sauce pan, pour a cup of water and add all your spices: 4 whole cardamom pods (or count 12 seeds per pod) as your key ingredient + 3 to 4 cloves, a piece of cinnamon stick and ginger.
- Add two teabags minimum as the water comes to a boil and leave it for 2 minutes until the water turns to a dark colour. For a very strong brew, turn off the heat and let it brew aside for a few more minutes.
- Lower to medium heat, add half a cup of full-fat milk and sugar, then bring to a boil. Stir.
- Pour the infusion through a strainer.
- Serve hot, forming foam on top.
- Karak Chai literally means “strong tea” – keep this in mind to achieve a thick and flavourful brew. Milk will balance and sweeten the infusion and turn it into a creamy latte.
- Buying spices in whole is both cheaper and has a longer shelf life than ground powder; this applies to cardamom, cinnamon and fresh ginger.
- You can ask your clients how strong they would like their tea to be. For a stronger brew, let the teabag steep longer.
- Canned evaporated cardamom milk fades the flavours and smell that we are aiming for; use full-fat milk instead.
- Remember: “Tasting makes perfect!”