Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Indian Style - Coffee & Tea

In India, Filter coffee is the most common style prepared with the coffee extract (commonly termed as decoction) & milk.

Making Filter Coffee
Boil water. Prepare coffee filter by adding 2-3 tbsp of coffee powder into it. Pour boiling water into the top section where you filled coffee powder. Let it filter. The thick decoction collects in the bottom jar of the filter.

Add 1-2 Tbsps of the decoction (as needed for stronger coffee)
1/2 cup hot milk
1-2 tsp sugar (as needed)
Mix well. Serve hot.

Making Tea
Tea is also extracted and mixed with milk as a common method in India. Tea can be as leaves, crushed or dust tea.
If you are using tea leaves use less and while using dust tea use more to prepare the tea extract.

Approximate quantity of tea required to make tea for two.
1 -2 tsp (tea leaves)
2-3 tsp (crushed/granules)
3-4 tsp (dust tea)

Boil little water enough to dissolve the tea powder. Add tea powder while water is boiling. Let it boil for 1-2 minutes. Add milk and let milk to come near boil. Take it of the stove, strain and add sugar as required.

Another way is to boil milk and add the tea powder to it and then strain.

Additions to tea
1. We can add crushed cardamom along with boiling teapowder.
2. Add dried ginger crushed along with boiling teapowder.
3. Add lemon extract to plain tea extract & add sugar.(Best for those who avoid milk)