South Indian Filter Coffee
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South Indian Filter Coffee or Kaapi is a coffee-based beverage prepared with coffee powder and milk. A traditional Indian coffee filter is used to prepare the decoction and the drink is served in a traditional glass and bowl set called Debara.
Recipe type: Beverage
Cuisine: South Indian
Serves: 2 Cup
To make the Coffee Decoction:
  • Coffee Powder: 3 Tbsp.
  • Hot Water: 1 Cup
To Make South Indian Filter Coffee:
  • Coffee Decoction: ½ Cup (adjust as per your requirement)
  • Full Cream Milk: 1.5 Cup
  • Sugar: 1.5 Tbsp. (adjust as per your requirement)
To make the Coffee Decoction: %Step by Step Making of Coffee decoction
  1. Take 3 Tbsp. of Coffee powder in the top cup of the coffee filter.
  2. Press it with the disk to make the coffee leveling perfectly smooth.
  3. Boil water and pour it over the disk and close the lid.
  4. Tthe lower part of the filter needs to be well connected with the top for dripping of decoction).
  5. Keep the filter as it is without disturbing it for 10 minutes to help to drip through the decoction to the lower part of the filter.
  6. This coffee decoction is really strong (more than espresso even) and you can make around 5 cups of coffee from the decoction prepared with 1 cup water.
Making of South Indian Filter Coffee:
  1. %Step by step Making of South Indian Filter Coffee
  2. I am sharing the recipe for making two cups of South Indian coffee here.
  3. So adjust ingredients as per requirement of the number of cups.
  4. Each ingredient portion would vary with the preference. I prefer my South Indian coffee a bit on the sweeter side.
  5. Boil the milk properly and take sugar in the glass. I have used a traditional Debara glass here.
  6. Pour around ¼ cup of coffee decoction over the sugar followed by milk after straining it.
  7. Now comes the funny part!
  8. Take the Tawara (the bowl comes with the glass) and pour the coffee from the glass to the bowl as shown in the picture.
  9. Follow this step for 3-4 times to make the coffee frothy and then enjoy your portion of caffeine.
If you are not available with a Debara set just use a normal cup and a bowl to make the froth.
Adjust coffee, milk, and sugar according to your taste bud.
Recipe by Debjanir Rannaghar at