Foodie Monday Blog hop

Chai Ice cream - How to make Masala Chai Ice cream at home

4:27 PM

My mornings are never complete without a sip of chai . This has been a routine since I was a kid when mom would make the first batch of tea early in the morning and the aroma of the freshly brewed chai would compel us to wake up from bed. Chai or Tea is always a part of most of the discussion be it in the morning or in the evening. Sharing  the newspaper along with a cup of chai and some biscuits early in the morning is what many of you can relate to. This morning ritual is still a part of my life today when both mom and son would sit down in the morning to have our tea together.
Whenever I have traveled I always make sure to find the best tea stall and have my tea there. Be it a small town in the foot of the Himalayas or a simple Sikkim village selling homemade tea made with yak milk, Tea or Chai evokes a feeling of belonging, a sense of togetherness, a feeling well beyond words. If you happen to travel through north India, you will definitely come across a tea stall at almost each corner offering Chai. Apart from the regular Tea, you will likely to find a delicious Masala Tea.
The spices used in the Masala tea vary according to the region and how strong or light you want to have it. The traditional spices used in chai are cinnamon, ginger, clove, cardamom and black pepper. Tea drinking in India has been popularized by the English in the early 1900's to market their produce.But the Indian people preferred to have tea not only with sugar and milk but also used to add cardamom, pepper, cinnamon as opposed to the way the Englishmen prefer the Indians to follow. 
You must be wondering why I am speaking about Tea or Chai in this hot and humid summer, that’s the reason why I choose my favourite hot beverage to give it a cold makeover for our 40th Foodie Monday Bloghop theme of Summer coolers…. settle for this unusually flavoured Masala Chai Ice cream which is thick,Creamy, Sweet and Perfectly chai-spiced.
This Chai Ice cream is infused with the spices (masala), crushed green cardamom seeds and freshly grated ginger root just like my mother used to prepare for us when we wanted that something extra comfort and warmth. Holding this cup of Chai Icecream in my hand makes me a little nostalgic and brought back memories of sweet playful years which is never going to come back again. 

Recipe Type: Dessert
Prep time:30 minutes
Setting time: Overnight
Yields: 400 ml 

  • 200 ml Amul fresh cream
  • 200 ml of Amul Whipping Cream
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 200 ml of condensed milk
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 crushed green cardamom pods
  • 2 crushed peppercorns
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • A pinch of nutmeg powder
  • 1inch piece peeled, chopped ginger
  • 2 tbsp Assam Tea

Let's Learn How to make the Chai Ice cream:
  • Boil half cup of water with cardamom, pepper, crushed ginger,cloves,nutmeg powder and cinnamon on medium flames . when it starts to boil, add  the tea leaves and boil for another 2 to 3 minutes on low flame. Remove from stove and strain. Now transfer the strained tea into the saucepan and add milk and sugar to it and starts boiling the liquid on a medium-high flame till it reduces to half say roughly 1 cup tea. Remove the liquid from the stove and keep aside until ready to use.
  • Once the chai has cooled completely, add the condensed milk to it and mix till combined.
  • Place the container as well as the whipping blade in the freezer for 30 minutes along with the cream. Whip the cream till it becomes stiff and then add the condensed milk and tea mixture to it and blend everything well.
  • Pour into an airtight container and refrigerate over night . After it is set, take it out and churn again in a blender and put it back on the container to set it for another 3 to 4 hours. Your Chai Ice cream is ready to be savoured.

Sending this Chai Ice cream seasoned with rich and warm Chai Spices to the 4oth #Foodie Monday #Bloghop theme of #SummerCoolers ...In the meanwhile you might be also interested to check Sugar Palm Ice cream Pomegranate Ice Cream or Expresso Choco Chips Ice cream.

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  1. Looks perfect and flavorful chai ice cream Alka

  2. Loved the masala flavoured Chai ice-cream Alka! So truly written chai forms an integral part of our lives. Morning newspaper with a cup of piping hot masala chai and biscuits definitely kick-start our morning and the day.

  3. Loved the presentation and innovative idea😊

  4. Loved the presentation and innovative idea😊

  5. The scoop of icecream says how creamy it is...its the best n innovative idea to add chai flovor to an icecream...a lovely treat for chai lovers

  6. Superb πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

  7. you are looking cute dee in the usual lovely pics and recipe...keep rocking

    1. Thank you Nisa, your fried Ice cream is a must try

  8. Now that's what my dad would love, Chai ice cream. He too loves his tea and I remember years back when were touring North India with him, he would make the driver stop at every dhabba or small hotel to have tea. Beautiful pictures. If you are ever thinking of conducting styling and photography workshop and I am in India, I will surely attend.

    1. Thank you Mayuri for such beautiful words....Definitely planning to conduct such things but in the meantime, if you need any assistance in photography , I would love to guide you

  9. What a thoughtful creation is this!! Hats off to U Dee :)

  10. Trust you to make something interesting out of a simple chai too!!! :)

  11. What a innovative idea. Loved it Alka. As usual awesome photography.

  12. And you made our humble Chai so gorgeous. Lovely.

  13. And you made our humble Chai so gorgeous. Lovely.

  14. What a innovative idea. Loved it Alka. As usual awesome photography.

  15. this is sooo yum. Great idea to prepare chai ice cream. wonderful. Love the clicks Alka.