Tuesday, 14 May 2019

KARAK CHAI

A cup of Karak Chai or Chai Karak is just what you need in the morning to face the day. Strong, spiced and mildly sweet, this easy Karak Chai takes less than 10 minutes to make. Make this delicious and strong tea using loose black tea, sugar, whole spices and milk. 



A cup of Karak Chai or Chai Karak is just what you need in the morning to face the day. Strong, spiced and mildly sweet, this easy Karak Chai takes less than 10 minutes to make. Make this delicious and strong tea using loose black tea, sugar, whole spices and milk.



WHAT IS KARAK/KADAK CHAI?



Karak or Kadak means 'strong' and Chai means 'tea'. It is hugely popular in India and Pakistan, but I have learned that it is popular all over the UAE and the Middle East. It differs from an authentic Indian Masala Chai by using fewer whole spices, strong black tea, evaporated or normal milk and sugar. Karak chai is thick, flavourful and caramel coloured, definitely much stronger than the regular cup of tea you get in the western world.

In India, almost everyone is fond of Karak Chai, from the tiny little village bus stop to International airport, you'll be able to get a cup of karak chai. When I used to live in India, I used to make karak chai every day but since I have lived in the UK, the frequency has decreased. Whilst we were travelling in India and on our recent trip to Dubai, we were treated with karak and Masala chai. I reminisced over the flavour and my daughter instantly fell in love with a style of tea she had never tried before. So upon her requests, not always, we make karak chai and enjoy together. 


A cup of Karak Chai or Chai Karak is just what you need in the morning to face the day. Strong, spiced and mildly sweet, this easy Karak Chai takes less than 10 minutes to make. Make this delicious and strong tea using loose black tea, sugar, whole spices and milk.




COSORI ELECTRIC GLASS KETTLE CO171-GK


The best part of an Indian heritage whilst living in England is that both cultures have an obsessive love of tea. No matter what emotion you are feeling, it can always be fixed with a cuppa.

The important step in making that perfect cup of tea is the humble kettle. It sits on the kitchen worktop barely glanced at but always there for you. I think it's about time the kettle got shown a little love. 

I have had my eye on glass kettles for a while now, just to mix up the aesthetic of my kitchen worktop. Just in the nick of time, Cosori sent me their Cosori Electric Glass Kettle CO171-GK. 


Cosori glass kettle review on Jagruti's cooking odyssey


The Cosori glass kettle is BPA-free and made from borosilicate glass, preventing scratches. The plastic used in the kettle is also BPA-free. It is FDA approved. Its simple glass design is very modern and fits well with the other silver electronic kitchen gadgets next to it. The blue LED light when the water is boiling is also really nice and it's also fun to see the water boiling through the glass. 

I put the maximum capacity to the boil and the water was ready in 3 minutes. So an improvement of the boil time for the one I had previously. Usually, there are 4 of us having our tea at the same time so a quick boil here is useful. The kettle has a large 7.2 cup capacity but still manages to save space as the base does not flare out too wide - great if you have a lack of worktop space (studio apartments, I'm looking at you). 

I am particularly happy with the wide mouth allowing for easy cleaning. London water is particularly hard so in our old kettles limescale built-up fast. Another plus point is the Boil dry safety feature - the kettle automatically shuts off if it detects there is no water. 

So with this stylish addition to our kitchen, I say "Put the kettle on love". 




INGREDIENTS FOR KARAK/KADAK CHAI?



Tea -  Use strong black loose tea such as PG TIPS or Indian variety WAGH BAKRI

Milk - Whole milk or evaporated milk.

Spices - Lightly crushed cardamom and cinnamon.

Sugar - Normal granulated sugar 


HOW TO MAKE KARAK/KADAK CHAI?



Karak chai is so easy to make, and won't take long to prepare. 
First, boil 1 cup water in a kettle or in a saucepan over the stove.
Add strong loose black tea (1.5 tsp for a cup), sugar, crushed cardamom pods and cinnamon bark.
Bring the mixture to the boil, add whole milk and let it boil for at least five minutes (make sure it doesn't boil over the pan) until you see a beautiful caramel colour.
Using a tea strainer, pour the tea into the cups and enjoy! 


FAQ



Can I use tea bags for Karak Chai?

Short answer, yes use 2 tea bags per one cup of tea (if it's weak) or 1 if strong such as PG Tips.

Can I use skimmed milk?

By all means, yes you can but chai won't be thick as with using whole milk. 

What other spices I can use to make Karak Chai?

Besides, cardamom and cinnamon you can use cardamom and saffron or fresh ginger. 

Can I omit sugar totally? 

Of course, you can, but if you want the real taste of karak chai, do not skip the sugar, however, you can half the quantity. 

What can I serve with Karak chai? 


Tea and biscuits are the perfect marriage. Whether it's a digestive or an Indian variety, such as nan khatai, ragi cookies, pistachio cookies  you need to serve the tea with biscuits - and no one has ever been able to stop at one!

In our house, we often serve handvothepla, masala bhakhri or bajri na vada with tea as well. 


KARAK/KADAK CHAI

A cup of Karak Chai or Chai Karak is just what you need in the morning to face the day. Strong, spiced and mildly sweet, this easy Karak Chai takes less than 10 minutes to make. Make this delicious and strong tea using loose black tea, sugar, whole spices and milk. #chaitime #chaitea

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Karak/Kadak Chai


Yield: 2 cup
Author:
prep time: 2 Mcook time: 6 Mtotal time: 8 M
A cup of Karak Chai or Chai Karak just what you need in the morning to come out of bed. Strong, spiced and mildly sweet, this easy Karak Chai takes less than 10 minutes to make.

ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 3 TSP. black loose tea
  • 2 TSP. sugar
  • 4-5 crushed cardamom
  • Small piece cinnamon 
  • Small piece of ginger grated (optional)

instructions:

How to cook Karak/Kadak Chai

  1. Boil the water in a kettle and pour in the saucepan or direct boil the water in a saucepan.
  2. Add cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and tea.
  3. Bring it to boil, then add milk and sugar.
  4. Let the mixture come to boil and let the tea boil for at least 3-4 minutes.
  5. Once you see the tea has a dark caramel colour, turn off the heat.
  6. Using tea strainer pour the tea into the cups and enjoy!
Calories
108.75
Fat (grams)
4.29
Sat. Fat (grams)
2.31
Carbs (grams)
14.38
Fiber (grams)
1.97
Net carbs
12.41
Sugar (grams)
10.40
Protein (grams)
4.40
Sodium (milligrams)
60.67
Cholesterol (grams)
12.20
Chai, karak chai, Indian chai, strong chai,
beverage
Indian, Qatar, UAE
Created using The Recipes Generator




Disclaimer- I was sent the  Cosori Electric Glass Kettle CO171-GK for an unbiased review and not told or paid to write anything positive. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you Cosoriuk team. 

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11 comments:

  1. This is a wonderful recipe to start the day. I had Karak Chai some time ago and it was amazing. I am really keen to make it at home now.

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  2. There is something so extra delicious about a strong cup of tea, for me I love one in the afternoon after a busy day. I love the spices you have added and look forward to trying it out!

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  3. The color of this Chai says it all. Love the spices used to making this amazing flavoring Kadak chai. I want to sip it right away.

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  4. I love chai but have never heard of this kind - can't wait to try this in place of my morning coffee!

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  5. I have been obsessed with cardamom lately and am drooling over the idea of the flavors in this chai! Sounds SOOO good. I can't wait to try it!

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  6. Chai tea is one of my favorite afternoon treats. I like the idea of having a 'stronger' version of it. Looks delicious!

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  7. I would love to be sipping on this chai right now! Love all of the spices you have used in this recipe, and very much looking forward to making this beverage!

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  8. Love the combination of spices in your tea recipe Jagruti! I can't wait to make tea your way in the afternoon today.

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  9. I am both a coffee person and a tea person and I love milk tea. I will be making this soon, I love relaxing with a cup of tea anytime!

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  10. I love chai, and especially this version all of the spices are a perfect match!

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  11. I absolutely LOVE Chai tea! I have never heard of this type of Chai but it sounds awesome and I love how simple the recipe is. Can't wait to try it!

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