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Karak Chai

Hot tea with evaporated milk and aromatic spices.

Are you in the mood for a delicious strong tea? Well, Karak Chai is exactly what you need. It has an incredible balance of sweet and spicy flavors that soothe your senses and warm up your soul.

Making Karak Chai is simple and easy. For this recipe, I have brewed tea and evaporated milk with cinnamon sticks, cardamom, and whole cloves.

You will absolutely love any spice mix you choose. It is an incredible upgrade to your regular tea.

Two cups of Karak chai spiced with cardamom and cinnamon
Caramel-colored, comforting, and aromatic!

What Is Karak Chai?

Hot tea with evaporated milk and aromatic spices
Savour each sip!

Karak Chai Ingredients

Steps to Prep

A tray serving two cups of hot karak chai with some cardamom and cinnamon
Perfect tea you can enjoy anytime!

Useful Tips

Hot cups of chai tea on a table with cardamom and cinnamon
You will be asking for seconds and even thirds.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is evaporated milk the same as condensed milk?

There is a big difference in flavor. Evaporated milk is unsweetened with a light texture, while condensed milk is sweetened with a dense creamy texture.

Is Karak Chai the same as Masala Tea?

Both have tea and milk as basic ingredients. However, masala tea is stronger because it uses more spices than karak chai, which only has two or three spices.

Can Karak Chai be made with alternative milk options for those with dietary restrictions?

Yes, you can make it with alternative milk options, such as, almond milk or soy milk for those with dietary restrictions or preferences.

A handful of cardamom ready to be added to your spicy tea
The aroma fills each corner

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two cups of karak chai spiced with cardamom, cinnamon, and whole cloves

Karak Chai

Karak chai is an amazing flavorful twist on your favorite tea. It needs only a handful of spices, resulting in a sweet and spicy aromatic tea. Get ready for some delicious warmth!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Beverages, Drinks
Cuisine Indian, Middle Eastern
Calories 100 kcal


  • 3 bags black or Ceylon tea
  • cups water
  • cinnamon sticks
  • 3 whole cloves
  • Handful cardamom or to taste
  • ¼ cup evaporated milk
  • sugar to taste
  • ginger optional, to taste
  • saffron optional, to taste
  • star anise optional, to taste


  • Toast the spices in your pot or teapot on medium heat, for about 1 minute.
  • Add the water. Cut the tea bags open to drop the tea into the water.
  • Let it heat up and come to a boil on high heat, then add the evaporated milk.
  • Let it bubble up before aerating it by adding a ladle to scoop some tea and ladle it from a distance a few times. You can also remove the teapot from heat and let the bubbles come down before doing it one more time.
  • Strain karak tea and serve with sugar to preference.
  • Serve and enjoy.


  • You can use cardamom-flavored evaporated milk and skip adding cardamom.
  • Don’t overboil tea before you add the evaporated milk because it might become bitter and ruin the taste of karak chai.
  • You can lightly crush cardamom pods, so they release stronger flavor into your tea.
  • Avoid leaving it at room temperature. For the karak contains milk, it can spoil if left at room temperature for an extended period. It’s best to refrigerate it promptly after preparation.


Calories: 100kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 5gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 99mgPotassium: 220mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 167IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 239mgIron: 1mg
Keyword chai karak, karak chai, spicy tea
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2 thoughts on “Karak Chai

  1. Faye says:

    Salam! If using loose leaf tea, how much should I put?

    1. Fatimah says:

      Salam! i would replace each bag with 1 tsp

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