Chai Spice Ice Cream

A cool, creamy treat with a warm, spicy taste reminiscent of chai.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
1 1/2 quarts


  • 4 ½ cups heavy whipping cream

  • 2 cups whole milk

  • 13 cardamom pods

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon garam masala

  • ¾ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • 6 large egg yolks


  1. Combine heavy cream and milk in a deep saucepan over medium-high heat. Add cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla extract, garam masala, nutmeg, and cloves. Whisk lightly and bring to a simmer.

  2. Beat sugar and egg yolks together in a bowl until runny, pale yellow, and falling off the whisk in thick ribbons.

  3. Pour the egg yolk mixture into the saucepan, whisking continuously to avoid scrambling the eggs. Continue whisking the mixture over high heat until it reaches 185 degrees F (85 degrees C), about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely, about 1 hour.

  4. Strain custard through a fine sieve. Pour into the canister of an ice cream maker. Churn until thick and creamy, according to manufacturer's instructions. Serve immediately or store in the freezer.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

414 Calories
37g Fat
18g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 414
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 37g 47%
Saturated Fat 22g 111%
Cholesterol 229mg 76%
Sodium 55mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 122mg 9%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 153mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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