Sunday, 23 February 2014

Beaten coffee (Indian Cappuccino- without a fancy machine)

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I love my morning cup of coffee. Or rather used to. Now I just drink that pathetic coffee from a cafetiere, that too sometimes after about an hour or so after its made. I remember being fussy about my morning coffee and I also remember having to let go of that fuss just because making a decent South Indian style filter coffee was just too much work, first thing in the morning. This way, Ro makes us both coffee in the morning and I just gulp down that watery concoction without any complaint. Well I did complain about my lack of a decent coffee once in a while, and my request for one of those fancy Nespresso, cappuccino makers fell on deaf ears. Instead, me and my girl pals go and indulge in an expensive cup of coffee at one of those artisan coffee shops once in a while. No its doesn't solve anything, rather it just makes things worse because you'd know what a good coffee actually tastes like.

I get this coffee fetish from my mom i suppose. She makes the best coffee and I kind of miss that now, especially because I got to enjoy it almost every morning last month. She likes it super duper strong with loads of sugar, and what do you know..i like it exactly that way too. This coffee drink, very similar to a cappuccino in taste, was made quite regularly this time. If decoction coffee was not available (since it takes a while to make), this was the coffee of choice. I learnt how to make it, for those evenings you crave a good cup of coffee and of course, to remember home where everything was just perfect. 
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The trick is to froth up the mixture and the quantity of milk makes that happen. Keep adding a few drops to start with and slowly increase, if you feel its needed to get the mix going. It loosens up after a few stirs and so add only after you do so. There is no particular recipe for this coffee, its more like a do-as-per-your-taste kind of a thing, but just for keepsake, here's an outline of what goes into it. Really, try this out and you wont ever need a fancy machine at home.

PS: A special thanks to my good friend Rashida for sourcing that gorgeous chai carrier from a chai wallah. I know she went through quite a bit of trouble to get the authentic one and I am so glad I have friends like these who absolutely understand my prop obsession. 
A big hug to Manjiri who brought me tea glasses from Mumbai to complete the whole look. Thanks darl.
And lastly, a group hug to my mum, my aunts and my neighbours back home who I harassed non stop for those thin cut glasses (the one you see in the foreground) that are extinct in Kerala (apparently), and to the old uncle who let me raid his shelf to find 2 that fit my imagination perfectly well. :)

Makes 2 (strong) cups
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Instant coffee powder/granules- 2 tbsp (reduce it if you don't like your coffee too strong)
Sugar- 4 to 5 tsp (adjust according to taste)
Milk- 1 1/2 cups (at least 4 % fat)
Water- 1/2 cup
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Tip in the coffee powder, sugar and 1 tsp cold milk into a cup large enough to handle 2 cups of liquid. I used my measuring cup for this.
Using a spoon, vigorously mix it all up, like it stirring motions. The mix would be dark, almost blackish in colour when you start off and as you keep mixing, the colour would lighten and slowly start getting creamy and frothy.
Keep stirring (vigorously being the key word) till the mix turns to a light brown colour.. I wish i could explain this better, but you'll understand when you see it. It would be significantly different from what you started with.
Keep this mix aside.
Bring the milk and water to a boil a saucepan. 
Give the coffee mix one last proper stir and into it pour the boiled milk..slowly.
Mix gently, do a taste test for sugar , pour into individual mugs and enjoy.
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Notes: As you can see from the picture, my coffee was really strong which invariably means I need more sugar. You know how much sugar and coffee you need so add accordingly. The only thing to remember is the milk. Add just a few drops, enough to get the mix moist. If there's a lot of liquid then it doesn't foam up too much.
A milk frother should be able to make the stirring a bit easier. Haven't tried it, so don't take my word for it.
You can do the same with cocoa, sugar and milk too
I've said at least 4% fat is a must. But if you are using low fat milk, then make that 2 cups and omit the water.

12 comments:

Torviewtoronto said...

looks wonderful

Veena Theagarajan said...

I am not a big coffee person but this looks wonderful

Finla said...

Till last month we were coffee drinkers but i amways grind my coffee beans when i make coffee. Now we just drink tea as Hans was drinking too much coffee and his stomach was getting upset. And i am to lazy to make just coffee for me so drink tea too. I think i will give this a try.

Suchismita Majumdar said...

My dad makes coffee this way, every evening it's a kind oif a ritual with him! Recently I got him a milk frother and my mom says it makes her life easy on the days she has to make the coffee!

Coffee said...

Brilliant photos Nisha! It was fun reading through ur post n hope u treat me to this divine frothy coffee someday! it was a pleasure to be able to be of assistance to you! My foodie obsessed family (read sisters aged ma in law) was all enthu n walked around mumbai markets to find me those glasses (damn I've managed to get everyone involved in prop collection! lol!!!)- Manjiri -http://sliceoffme.wordpress.com/

Shema George said...

Just when I was carving for a good cup of java- I see this... Looks very good Nisha...

divya said...

Look amazing and yummy.

prethika skm said...

wow now anyone can make cappuccino's at home..wonderful post

mango dash said...

Hey, very nice site. I came across this on Google, and I am stoked that I did. I will definitely be coming back here more often. Wish I could add to the conversation and bring a bit more to the table,but am just taking in as much info as I can at the moment. Thanks for sharing.

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Manju @ Manjus Eating Delights said...

Oh, I make coffee like this all the time...its our fav way of having a nice frothy cup of coffee...totally had no clue it was also how cappuccino is made or it cud be called Cappuccino :-P Thanks girl I learned something new today ;-)

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Ananda Rajashekar said...

I remember how much you wanted coffee in the morning, when we were in paris…Lovely lovely picture Nisha, specially that chai stand. Getting spoiled at home by mom isn't the best thing?