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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 22 July 2018

Mohammed Ismail's karak recipe 

Mohammed Ismail, who has been running the beverage side of things at The National for the past 10 years, has agreed to share his recipe with our readers   

Mohammed Ismail prepares Karak Chai. Ravindranath K / The National
Mohammed Ismail prepares Karak Chai. Ravindranath K / The National

We love a karak as much as anyone and Mohammed Ismail, who has been running the beverage side of things at The National for the past decade, makes an unmatchable cup. He agreed to share his recipe with our readers

Karak chai

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Serves 8

Ingredients

Mohammed Ismail's ingredients. Ravindranath K / The National
Mohammed Ismail's ingredients. Ravindranath K / The National

A pinch of saffron; a dash of rose water; an inch of fresh ginger; two sticks of cinnamon; 6 cardamom pods, crushed; 4 heaped tablespoons of loose leaf Lipton black tea; milk

Method

Mohammed Ismail prepares Karak Chai. Ravindranath K / The National
Mohammed Ismail prepares Karak Chai. Ravindranath K / The National

Boil the saffron for 10 minutes until the water takes on an orange hue

Next add the spices and rose water and bring back to the boil

The loose tea leaves are added next and the mixture brought back to the boil. Boil for another 10 minutes

Three to four minutes before serving, add the milk and bring the karak chai back to the boil

Editor’s note: Karak recipes differ between people. Traditionalists may dispute the use of some of the ingredients, so discover what you like

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