Love at first sip
Even though you can get the inexpensive drink outside, it is best to prepare a cup at home.
You will need:
- 1 mug of boiling water
- 1 tbsp granulated black tea
- 2 tsp of sugar
- Evaporated milk (I suggest Rainbow milk)
- A pinch of crushed cardamom (optional)
- Add sugar to a mug and leave aside.
- Boil the water in a pot. Then add the granulated tea for a couple of minutes until it becomes dark. You want the tea to stand strong when mixed with the other ingredients.
- Add the crushed cardamom to the boiling tea for a couple of seconds, you don’t want to boil it for too long as it might taste bitter.
- With a strainer, pour into your mug.
- Add milk until you get a caramel colour.
- Serve hot and enjoy!
Give it a try and indulge your taste buds in this aromatic rich drink.[/boxify]
Chai karak, a beverage that has seduced the taste buds of anyone who has had the chance to try it. Though originating from the humble homes in Southern India and Pakistan, I suppose we can say that chai karak is Qatar’s unofficial national beverage.
The unique taste of karak comes from granulated tea that has been boiled till pitch black and infused with evaporated milk and sugar until it turns caramel in colour. Some people don’t think it is ‘karak’ unless it gives you a kick. By that I mean the infusion of whole spices such as cinnamon, cloves, ginger and cardamom.
Some people don’t think it is ‘karak’ unless it gives you a kick.
The best thing about karak is that although it is made using one technique, its flavours are diverse. It could be strong, with only the tea being the prominent flavor. Others are velvety with more milk. Some like it sweet with a lot of sugar. And people like myself must have it with cardamom, it’s the freshness of the aroma that breaks the dense sweetness of the beverage.
The best time to drink karak is any time, any season. Some people like to start their day fresh with a cup of karak; they either have it at home or grab one from any cafeterias around town. For others, it is a must for social gatherings. Also the experience of karak is enhanced by the type of food you pair it with. I suggest Chapati (a delicious whole grain pancake hot of the griddle) or the fatayer of your choice, fresh out of the oven. You can even have it with chocolate chip cookies!
So where can you get the best karak in town? Tea Time has proved its stand point among the rest of karak makers. You see long queues of cars lined up to get a taste of their amazing karak, and the quality is the same in any branch of Tea Time you visit. I suggest you ask them to fill a whole flask for you on your first visit. Believe me, you’ll be wanting more.