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Vegan Masala Chai recipe (dairy free)

Okay so I know what you’re thinking, is this even possible? Can a vegan masala chai taste just as good as regular masala chai? Trust me, I was skeptical too. But after some experimenting, I can definitely say that my recipe for vegan masala chai has nailed it on the head. 

I am a huge dairy fan, but I also realise that too much of it isn’t very good for us or the environment. So, in order to make sure I can enjoy it in all sorts of ways possible, I thought why not see if we can turn an everyday staple like masala chai into a vegan masala chai? That way, you can have a bit more chai in your life without feeling guilty about the amount of dairy you’re consuming! And at the same time, by reducing dairy intake, you can also be contributing to more sustainable living! It’s honestly a win win situation in my opinion.

My vegan masala chai recipe is also for you vegan desis out there who are struggling without a warming cup of chai to get through life. It’s also for all my lactose intolerant desis out there who just love dairy but can’t have any! Don’t you worry, this vegan masala chai is a game changer and will add some spice (literally) into your life!

When it comes to chai or even just regular tea, oat based milks really are your best friend. I’ve tried making chai with soya milk and it just did not work because soya milk has a distinct taste. It did taste good, but just as a milky warming drink, not as CHAI. So while oat milk chai recipes are all the rage right now, I am taking it to the next level with oatly single cream chai – it gives you the thickness and the divinely golden colour!

Nothing feels better than a warming and cosy mug of chai to better your mood! You’ll feel even better knowing it’s a dairy free and vegan masala chai!

5 from 1 vote

Vegan Masala Chai

A delicious vegan masala chai recipe that tastes just as good as the dairy version!
Total Time25 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: South Asian
Keyword: vegan masala chai
Yield: 1 mug


  • 1.5 cups hot water
  • 1 tea bag if you're in the UK, I highly recommend Yorkshire tea bags
  • 3 cardamom pods opened
  • 1/4 cinnamon stick small
  • 2 pieces fresh ginger small
  • 1/2 tbsp sugar I prefer demerera
  • 1/2 tsp chai masala powder 1/2 tsp gives the chai a strong cutting masala taste, reduce to a 1/4 tsp if you want less of this
  • 1/3 cup oatly vegan single cream can reduce to 1/4 cup or increase to 1/2 cup depending on how milky you want your chai to be


  • Pour the water into the saucepan and add the tea bag, cardamom pods, cinnamon stick, ginger pieces, chai masala and sugar to it.
  • Keep this on a medium to high heat for around 10 minutes or until it starts to boil.
  • Add the Oatly single cream. Keep it on a medium heat and on occasion, shift it to a high heat and let the chai boil up until it's almost at the edge of the saucepan and then bring it back down to medium heat. This allows for the excess water to evaporate quicker. Make sure to keep close watch as you don't want your chai to boil over. Repeat this for at least three times and give your chai a quick taste to see if it has reached your consistency preference.
  • Alternatively, if you're not a rush, you can also leave your chai on a medium heat and go about your day and it should be ready in 15 minutes depending on the consistency you want.
  • Once the chai has reached your desired consistency, it should be a beautiful golden colour! Using a sieve, pour it into your favourite mug and enjoy!


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1 Comment

  1. Fatema
    April 23, 2021 / 2:52 pm

    5 stars
    I tried this after searching for ages for a good vegan chai and this just hit the spot! It tastes almost identical to the dairy version!! Highly recommend!!

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