The great South Indian filter kaapi seldom gets a respite – from being talked about to being made and had, in all manner of ways. We are big fans of this strong drink, and while we love it plain and simple, the South Indian way, brewed in that traditional drip filter and frothed up with creamy milk to the brim in a stainless steel cup, we have used it in many a dessert, too. In fact, we love it so much that we brew a big batch in the summer and freeze it in the ice tray, for use in milkshakes and cold coffees. This way, the drink doesn’t taste watered down, as it would with plain ice cubes, and the coffee gets its due, too.
This is such a sweet and simple recipe for Filter Kaapi Frappe, that it makes summer all the more bearable, with little fuss or effort. With Bangalore’s mercury soaring, and the rains keeping us waiting, we have turned to this beverage to perk up our spirits a bit, lately. It’s perfect for that in-between time – when breakfast has long been had and lunch is still getting ready. It’s also perfect for when you have no agenda at all, save for a long conversation with a friend, to take in one juicy tidbit of gossip or news, with every sip.
Filter Kaapi Frappe
- 4 frozen filter kaapi ice cubes (made by freezing about 1/3 cup filter kaapi decoction in an ice cube tray until solid)
- 2/3 cup chilled milk
- 1-2 teaspoons sugar to taste, preferably castor or breakfast sugar
- Put the frozen coffee cubes, the milk and sugar in the jar of a mixer-grinder.Blend for a minute, or until very frothy.
- Pour into a glass and serve immediately.