South Indian Filter Coffee, Filter Coffee Recipe

South Indian Filter Coffee, Filter Coffee Recipe

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South Indian Filter Coffee, with its stimulating aroma, is like an alarm clock that can wake you up even when you are dog-tired!

An everyday beverage in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, Filter Coffee has now become popular throughout the country.

Filter Coffee is made using a special utensil that has two parts. The upper part has a perforated base, which allows the decoction to seep through into the lower half, which is basically a container.

To make Filter Coffee, you need to put the coffee powder into the upper strainer-like container, press it using the special inverted-umbrella shaped attachment and top it with hot water.

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Slowly, decoction collects in the lower container. If you do not have this special coffee filter, you can line a strainer with muslin cloth, place it over a container and follow the same procedure.

Here is how to make the perfect South Indian Filter Coffee recipe with detailed step by step photos and video below.

South Indian Filter Coffee, Filter Coffee Recipe recipe - How to make South Indian Filter Coffee, Filter Coffee Recipe

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 4 small glasses
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For South Indian Filter Coffee
5 tbsp readymade roasted and grounded coffee powder
1 cup hot milk
4 tsp sugar

For south indian filter coffee

    For south indian filter coffee
  1. To make the south indian filter coffee , put the coffee powder in the strainer of the filter coffee machine.
  2. Press it with the coffee press slightly and place it on top of the container, pour ¼ cup of hot water in the strainer.
  3. Close it with a lid, and keep aside for at least 30 minutes to get a thick coffee decoction.
  4. Pour 1 tablespoon of the coffee decoction in a small glass, add 1 tsp sugar and ¼ cup of hot milk and mix well.
  5. Repeat step 4 to make 3 more filter coffee.
  6. Serve the south indian filter coffee immediately.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per small glass
Energy78 cal
Protein2.2 g
Carbohydrates7.5 g
Fiber0 g
Fat3.2 g
Cholesterol8 mg
Sodium9.5 mg
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Recipe Notes for Filter Cofffee :

  1. Other names for the filter coffee include Kumbakonam degree coffee, Mylapore filter coffee, Madras kaapi or simply kaapi.
  2. Filter coffee made with left over decoction or old stock of coffee powder does not taste good. So try to make fresh decoction every time you prepare a cup of filter coffee.
  3. Coffee filters come in various sizes. If using less coffee powder, use a small coffee filter or else it will affect the quality of the decoction
  4. Adjust the quantity of milk based on how strong coffee you prefer. Madras filter coffee tastes great when prepared with thick milk.
  5. If the coffee powder is coarse, press tightly to get thick decoction.
  6. If the coffee powder is ground finely, be gentle while pressing.
  7. If by chance your coffee decoction is pressed too hard and never collects down, just gently tap the filter carefully on the rim.
  8. If you are making the filter kaapi in an electric coffee maker, pour room temperature water in the coffee machine and switch it on till the decoction is obtained.
  9. Sometimes the pores in the filter get stuck with the coffee powder, so clean with a needle if required or show it in direct flame for 2-3 seconds.
  10. To clean the filter coffee maker, just immerse the filter in boiling water weekly once or so.

For preparing the South-Indian filter kaapi :

  1. To make South Indian Filter Coffee, first you can place the top vessel of coffee filter over the lower one or just start the process like mentioned below. The coffee machine we are using is the authentic South-Indian coffee filter.
  2. For making the degree coffee, put the coffee powder in the strainer of the filter coffee machine. The taste of the filter coffee highly depends upon the type (quality) of coffee powder. The premium quality of a filter coffee is the one which is made with a blend of Arabica and Robusta coffee beans.
  3. Gently spread out the coffee powder with a small spoon or your fingers. If you press too hard, then the water won’t get through and if you press too loose, then the water gets through fast and the decoction will be diluted.
  4. Press it with the coffee press slightly.
  5. Place it on top of the container. Do not tighten the lid or the bottom part so much that it becomes difficult to open.
  6. Heat ¼ cup of water in a saucepan and bring it to a boil.
  7. When the water starts boiling, pour in the strainer. The amount of water to coffee powder ratio will affect the thickness and strength of the coffee decoction. The first batch of decoction will be thick and if you add hot water again and brew in the same coffee powder, it gets diluted.
  8. Close it with a lid.
  9. Keep aside for at least 30 minutes to get a thick coffee decoction. Do not stir or shake the filter, keep it undisturbed.
  10. When the coffee is brewed, heat 1 cup of milk in the saucepan and bring to a boil.
  11. Pour 1 tablespoon of the prepared coffee decoction in a small glass preferably a tumbler glass. Do not heat the coffee decoction and then add milk like in case of tea. It’s believed that filter coffee has always been served in tumbler- dabarah set which helps in retaining the temperature of the coffee.
  12. Add 1 tsp sugar or as per your preference.
  13. Pour ¼ cup of hot milk and mix well. Once the milk is added to the decoction, the coffee should not be re-heated or microwaved. It should be drunk hot as it is – hence the milk should be really hot.
  14. Repeat step 11 to 13 make 3 more South Indian Filter Coffee (filter coffees). It is ideal to serve filter coffee in davara and tumbler. Also, a brass tumbler-davara set works best. If not then serve in stainless steel tumbler-davara set.
  15. Serve the South Indian Filter Coffee immediately with sumptuous South-Indian breakfast recipes like idli, dosa, medu vada.
  16. Once the filter coffee is brewed and ready, it is poured back and forth between a dabarah and tumbler. This process mixes the sugar and hot milk, and it aerates the decoction creating a frothy layer on the top. So, pour the coffee from a height in the davara. The dabarah is a small metal cup with a lip. The tumbler is a wider and shorter bowl-shaped vessel.
  17. Now pour South Indian Filter Coffee back in the tumbler from davara. Filter coffee is also called Meter-Kaapi in some Udupi hotels as the coffee is poured into the glass from a meter's height to produce maximum foam.
  18. Repeat the pouring of coffee back and forth 3-4 times and serve the South-Indian filter coffee hot. Don’t do it so many times that the coffee turns cold.


South Indian Filter Coffee, Filter Coffee Recipe
 on 29 Jan 16 05:06 PM

South indian filter coffee, this is just the perfect recipe i was looking for.. the measurement is just perfect.. for a good coffee.. I followed the exact recipe.. which gave me a great coffee. Thank you for this awesome recipe.