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India's kadak chai has become karak in Qatar, carried to the country by Indian migrants who missed the taste of home

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By Team Lounge
Published Apr 17, 2023

Mint Lounge

Qatar's karak tea has a sweet, spicy and milky flavour

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It is a version of our very own sweet, milky and masaledar kadak chai, which reached Qatar in the 1960s

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Chai uses a cache of aromatic spices like ginger, cinnamon, cloves and the ubiquitous cardamom

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A copious quantity of sugar is stirred in. Migrant labourers, who missed their strong tea, began making it in Qatar to sustain themselves

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In Qatari karak, canned or condensed milk replaces fresh milk for a more caramel-y colour and viscosity

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The whole mixture is boiled together until it thickens slightly

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Over the years, the hot tea became a mainstay in Qatari homes and restaurants alike

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