Cardamom Milk Coffee

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How to make Cardamom Milk Coffee

It’s no secret that if given a choice between chai and coffee, I will always choose chai. This cardamom milk coffee however holds a special place in my heart. Whenever I make it I’m transported back to summers in London, at my grandparents house. Dhood wali coffee, also known as “Papa’s coffee” in our house was my Papa’s {paternal grandfather} specialty.

Late at night when would hear ruckus in the kitchen, we would slip out from our beds and come downstairs to find Papa whisking away at the milk, making sure it didn’t boil over. Somehow he always ended up making extra, ensuring we all got a taste. He would pour us our little servings (with extra milk when we were kids) and give us the biscuit tin to pick out our favorite chocolate biscuits. Once we were finished, he would pour himself and my Dadima {paternal grandmother} a cup to take upstairs. Try as she might to decline, he would urge her to wake up and have a sip, insisting that it would help her sleep better… imagine that 😉

How to make Cardamom Milk Coffee

For as long as I can remember this is what I thought to be normal coffee, sweet and creamy with a hint of cardamom. I’m quite sure thats why I was ruined when I tasted office coffee for the time in my twenties, only to realize what I had grown up on was more of a specialty drink vs. actual coffee. Whatever it may be this will always be the perfect cup of coffee to me, my Papa’s Dhood wali elaichi coffee.

How to make Cardamom Milk Coffee

How to make Cardamom Milk Coffee

Cardamom Milk Coffee
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A creamy milk based coffee infused with cardamom.
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 2 Servings
  • 2 cup whole milk
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 2-3 cardamom pods
  • 2 teaspoon instant coffee (I use Bru or Nescafe)
  • 3 teaspoon sugar
  1. In a heavy bottom pot on medium heat add the water and milk. Lightly crush the cardamom pods and add to the milk mixture. As the mixture starts to heat up add the coffee and sugar. Wisk often to ensure the milk doesn’t burn or stick to pot. Once the cardamom milk coffee comes to a light boil, turn off heat and pour in cups from 8-10 inches distance up top, to help get that frothy top. Makes 2 cups with a few extra sips. Enjoy!

How to make Cardamom Milk Coffee

12 thoughts on “Cardamom Milk Coffee

  1. I love this! I usually have this coffee whenever we go to dosa places. Don’t know why I didnt try making it ..thank you for the recipe. I have a feeling this is going to replace my masala chai 😉

  2. Love adding cardamom to my chai but have never tried it with my coffee. This looks so tasty. I’ve checked out like post like 5 times just because the pictures look so yummy 🙂 Can’t wait to try this!

    1. Thanks! Yes I’ve made beat coffee before as well – this def cuts the time in half!

  3. It’s the yummiest coffee I have had in my entire life.. just loved it.( I added some “Sonf”/ fennel seeds too). Will remember you and your recipe forever as this has became my favourite morning drink. It added a soft and smooth taste to kicky coffee

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