Make this strong tea with warming spices to wake up your body and kick-start your day. Karak chai is perfect first thing in the morning or enjoyed with a biscuit for afternoon tea
- Serves: 1 person
- 200ml full-fat milk
- 2tsp sugar, more or less to your taste
- ¼tsp ground ginger
- ¼tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼tsp ground cardamom
- ¼tsp finely ground black pepper
- pinch of ground nutmeg
- 1tea bag, assam or english breakfast
- 2tbsp single cream (optional)
Step 1Pour the milk and 200ml of water into a pan, and warm over a gentle heat until it just starts to simmer. Add the sugar and spices, then whisk gently to mix well.
Step 2Add the teabag and keep stirring or whisking gently until the milk starts to thicken ever so slightly. You need to keep an eye on it the whole time, otherwise the milk may boil over. The darker the colour, the more ‘karak’ (or strong) your chai will be, so do remove the teabag to suit your preference.
Step 3Just as the milk starts to rise a little in the pan, turn off the heat and stir in the cream, if using, for a creamier texture. Keep stirring as the chai cools to prevent a skin forming, then pour into a large mug or two glasses. Slurp it while it’s hot!