Middle Eastern Food

How to make Karak Tea شاي كرك


I was first introduced to Karak tea in Old Dubai – I was waiting by the pier to take the ferry over to Dubai Creek and saw a Karak stand. I ordered a cup and was mesmorized from that moment. Its infused with cardamon, cinnamon, and creamy condensed milk. The flavor is incredible. If you’re wondering how it tastes, its similar to a chai tea. I took my own spin on Karak and added rose buds and a little bit of ginger. The rose buds adds the smell of flowers. It makes a huge difference. Try this out and let me know how it goes.

Homemade Karak Tea شاي كرك -

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 1/2 cup Water
1 bag Black tea
3 Tbsp Condensed milk (carnation milk)
5 Rose buds
5 Cardamon pods (crushed)
or 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamon
1 Cinnamon Stick
Ginger (Optional)


1. Place in kettle: Water, black tea bag, rose buds, cardmon pods, 1 cinnamon stick and allow to boil over medium heat.

2. Remove from heat and add Condensed milk

3. Place back on low heat and allow to simmer for 3-4 minutes.

4. Take off heat and pot through a strainer before serving.

5. Add sugar to sweeten.

9 replies »

  1. Very good but next time I would increase the amount of cardamom. Where can I find rose buds?


    • Sure, Its all about taste. Definitely can add more cardamom. I buy the rise buds from the Middle Eastern markets when I travel. You can also get from online retailers like amazon.


  2. Thank you for sharing the recipe! I loved the Karak tea in Dubai, it’s quite strong from the traditional Pakistani tea! You have an amazing blog!


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