Kulfi To Lassi: 6 Chai Desserts To Enjoy In Summer Months
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Most chai lovers can resonate with the feeling of enjoyment that ‘ek cup chai’ (a cup of tea) provides. Chai has been a relief provider for centuries for Indians. It kickstarts a sleepy morning or brings an end to all-day exhaustion with evening chai. From a round-table conference to kitty parties, chai has played a crucial role in creating endless bonds.  

Apart from enjoying it just as a beverage, with little creativity and innovation, desserts can be also made from chai. As the mercury rises across the nation, there’s nothing more refreshing than the charm of cold beverages. But what if the beloved Indian chai, which is traditionally hot can be transformed into delightful desserts that are perfect for the upcoming hot summer months? Yes, you heard it right!  

Here are six delectable chai desserts that will keep you cool in the sweltering heat.  

  • Chai Kulfi  

Kulfi is known as the traditional frozen dessert that is usually enjoyed in India, especially in the summer months. You can make a unique version of the traditional kulfi by making chai kulfi. The frozen dessert is made by simmering milk and tea. After straining it, mix the brewed tea with condensed milk to which chai spices like cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves are added. The mixture is then poured into molds or small cups where sticks are inserted and frozen until solid. Garnish with ground pistachios and almonds. This chai kulfi will provide a respite from the heat of summer months.


  • Chai Popsicles  

This is a fusion recipe that mingles Indian chai with western popsicles. The fun and the coolness of the popsicle make them a perfect summer dessert. Here, brew chai, add sugar or honey to sweeten it, and allow it to cool completely. Pour the chai into popsicle molds and add a dash of cardamom or cinnamon for extra flavour. Refrigerate them until they become solid and enjoy the chai popsicles on hot summer days.  

  • Chai Ice Cream  

Hardly there is anyone who does not like indulging in ice cream. What makes it a wider preferable dessert when chai ice cream is served. To make the ice cream, Chai is brewed with chai spices like cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. After the flavours meld, strain the mixture and achieve a custard base with sugar and cream. In an ice cream maker, freeze it until it reaches a smooth, velvety consistency. Scoop the chai ice cream and serve it with ground pistachios and almonds for added crunch.   

  • Chai Mousse  

You can elevate your dessert game to the next level by chai mousse. Brew your favourite chai and let it cool completely. In a separate bowl, beat heavy cream until stiff peaks are formed. Then incorporate the cold chai along with gelatin for stability. Pour the mixture into serving glass or bowls and freeze until solid. Top it with a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle whipped cream for extra flavour.    

  • Chai Cake  

Your summer days can be made memorable by enjoying the moist and fragrant chai cake. To make this spiced cake, incorporate chai spices like ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon into the batter. Make a creamy frosting with brewed chai and heavy cream and top the cake with the chai-infused frosting. Bake it and serve it along with a cup of steaming tea on a lazy summer afternoon.  

  • Chai Lassi  

Cool off your body against the scorching sun by indulging in refreshing chai lassi. This perfect summer drink can be achieved by blending yoghurt with cold brewed chai, milk, and honey. Blend it until you achieve a smooth and frothy consistency. The tanginess of yoghurt and aromatic chai complements each other. Garnish the chai lassi with a sprinkle of cinnamon.