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Vegan Indian Chai Tea. Masala Chai. Gluten-free Recipe

Vegan Indian Masala Chai. Fabulous almond milk tea with homemade chai spice blend (cardamom, cinnamon, pepper) and fresh ginger. Vegan Chai tea recipe
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: indian chai, vegan chai, vegan chai tea
Servings: 2
Calories: 53kcal
Author: Vegan Richa


  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1.5 Tbsp raw sugar or other sweetener to taste
  • 2 tsp chai patti/loose tea
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp chai spice/chai masala blend (see notes for large batch), or use 1/4 tsp ground cardamom, 1/8 tsp cinnamon, a good pinch of ground clove,, black pepper, ground ginger
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp minced/grated fresh ginger ,some fresh gingers are too strong, so use to taste
  • 1.25 cup Almond breeze plain almond milk or oatmilk or soymilk other non dairy milk.


  • In a small deep pan at medium heat, add water, sugar, tea leaves, chai masala blend and ginger. Bring to a bubbling boil. 7 to 9 mins
  • Slowly pour the almond milk. Bring the mix to just about a boil. 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Strain into a cup and serve hot. Compost the tea leaves.
  • Note: some plant milks tend to separate when added to the hot water. Add a Tbsp cold/room temperature water to the boiling water to bring the temperature down. Then pour in the plant milk.


Large batch Chai Spice/Masala blend:
Grind 3/4 cup green cardamom pods, 1/4 cup cinnamon sticks or 2 Tablespoons cinnamon powder, 1/4 cup cloves, 2 Tablespoons whole black pepper, 2 to 3 Tablespoons ground ginger. 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds(optional). Store in airtight container.
Change the quantities around to preference. Add more ginger for a winter chai masala. Add a tsp of nutmeg and all spice for variations.  
Use the spice blend in ice creams, doughnuts, caramel, bread, granola and more.
Nutritional values based on one serving


Calories: 53kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 60mg | Sugar: 9g | Calcium: 150mg