Karak Tea

All this time… I thought Karak was some sort of Indian Herb or Indian Plant. As it turns out, Karak Tea or Chai Karak (also known as Masala Tea or Masala Chai) is actually a blend of Black Tea and Milk and Spices. In fact, Masala Chai literally translates to Mixed-Spice Tea! The flavor can vary (obvi) depending on the Spices. Some people add Ginger, other add Cardamom or Saffron, while others prefer Cinnamon. Apparently, Karak Tea originated in India, but became extremely popular in the Gulf region around 2010 (practically every other restaurant started serving the stuff). I tried it a handful of times back then, but it never left much of an impression on me.

Since February, I’ve been avoiding anything caffeinated, because my heart has been acting up. However, I was finishing up a few errands the other day, and somehow or another, ended up at the McDonald’s Drive-Thru. I ordered Karak Tea on a whim and ever since then, I’ve been obsessed with the stuff! If I don’t get a chance to pick some up, while I’m out and about, I’ll just order some online from Karak Hut (via Carriage). They’ve got everything from plain Karak Tea to Cinnamon Karak Tea at about 500 fils a pop. People around me think I’m insane for spending that much money, especially since the delivery costs KD 1/000 and apparently I can purchase a whole box (12 sachets) of instant Karak Tea, for that price. Whatevs. I like what I like, okay?

I still can’t get over the fact that Karak is not an actual plant. I mean… LOL