Alas! After a long gap, here I am back in my space with a cup of Traditional South Indian Filter Coffee .
I have always been a tea lover until we moved in to South India, but now I am highly obsessed with the traditional South Indian Filter Coffee. This aromatic filter coffee is the speciality of South India. In South India, coffee is served in a traditional steel small cup (Davara/ Dabara tumbler) and a steel saucer which looks like a bowl. One needs to pour it from one cup to the other to form froth before serving (at least that’s what I have seen).
This post is for people like me who have been born and brought up in North India, where Tea dominates over Coffee. You need to try this amazing coffee at home and like me I am sure you will also be hooked to this.
I learnt preparing a typical south Indian filter coffee at home with the help of my friends. This coffee is brewed in a coffee filter, which comes in different sizes. See my post photos to get an idea about the coffee filter and various sizes. One can choose to pick these filters according to your family requirements.
The coffee filter has 2 containers, an upper container which has holes and the lower container which is meant to collect the decoction, and also a pressing disc with a center handle to press the powder. The coffee powder which is used for the coffee is available in the market in different varieties depending upon ones tastes and requirements. If you want your coffee to be strong and thicker you need to buy your coffee powder with chicory mixed in it, else you can buy a pure coffee powder without chicory mixed in it.
The method to prepare the filter coffee is not complicated as it looks; it’s too easy and simple ( only you need few tips from the experts to prepare this). The secret behind the aromatic traditional filter coffee is apart from the freshly brewed decoction the use of freshly boiled milk for this frothy coffee. Some South Indian families still go ahead with their authentic filter coffee-making by buying the coffee bean, then roasting and grinding them fresh for every day coffee but we buy the coffee powder from Coffee Day out here and it is really good.
So here we go with the method…
Serves 2 cups
- A traditional percolator (Indian coffee filters)
- Milk – 2 cups
- Decoction – as per your requirement (if you prefer stronger than add more decoction)
- Sugar – As per taste
- To prepare the decoction – take 4 -5 teaspoons of coffee powder in the upper portion of the coffee filter (slightly heat the upper filter before adding coffee powder to it).
- Set the filter (assemble the coffee filter as shown in the picture)
- Now add boiling water gradually in the upper portion of the coffee filter.
- After few minutes again add some more boiling water to it ( this is done to ensure that the decoction gets collected uniformly at the bottom of the coffee filter).
- Allow it to rest for 7 – 10 minutes before you finally prepare your filter coffee.
- Now the decoction is ready to use.
- To serve pour the decoction in the Davara (tumbler) and then add in the boiling milk and sugar.
- Transfer the filter coffee a couple of times between the two davaraa’s (tumbler) to produce delicious froth on the top just before you serve
- Yummy filter coffee is ready to be serve hot, enjoy it!
See you soon with some quick recipe post, till then Happy Cooking !