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Chai Karak: A Taste of the Middle East

Saffron Chai Karak
Saffron Chai Karak

Indulge in a warm and comforting cup of Chai Karak, a spiced tea that is popular in the Middle East. This aromatic beverage is made with black tea, milk, and a variety of spices, including cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger.

The addition of saffron gives the tea a luxurious golden hue and a subtle floral aroma. Chai Karak is typically served sweet, with sugar or honey, and is a perfect way to start your day or enjoy as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.


  • 2 cups milk

  • 1 black tea bag

  • 4 black peppercorns or 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 4 cloves

  • 3-4 cardamom pods

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

  • A pinch of saffron threads

  • Sugar, honey, or rock candy to taste


  1. In a saucepan, combine the milk, tea bag, black pepper, cloves, cardamom pods, cinnamon stick, ginger, and saffron threads.

  2. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.

  3. Remove from heat and strain the tea into a cup.

  4. Sweeten with sugar, honey, or rock candy to taste.

  5. Serve immediately and enjoy!


  • For a stronger tea flavor, use two tea bags.

  • You can also add other spices to the tea, such as nutmeg or star anise.

  • Chai Karak can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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