Masala Chai Ice Cream

Masala Chai Ice Cream

masala chai ice cream

Serving Size: Makes 1 quart of ice-cream.


  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 heaping teaspoons loose black tea (preferably Indian brands like Wagh Bakri, Red Label or flavors like Darjeeling or Assam)

Masala Chai Spice mix:

  • 6 cardamom pods, smashed or ground
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1-1.5 inches freshly grated ginger
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick, broken in pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns, ground


  • In a medium saucepan, combine milk, cream, egg yolks, sugar, tea, and masala chai spice mix, and bring to a thick boil.
  • Remove from heat, cover and let steep for 15 minutes.
  • Pour mixture through a strainer into a new bowl. Add salt and whisk.
  • Seal mixture in an airtight container and chill overnight.
  • Following day, churn ice cream according to manufacturer instructions. Chill in freezer for 3-4 hours before serving.

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