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Authentic Recipe of Kaapi. Refreshing Indian Traditional Filter Coffee from South India.

Prepare authentic South Indian Filter coffee ‘Kaapi’ at home. You will need good-quality ground coffee powder and a coffee filter.

Things to know about Kaapi Recipe

Hey, all the coffee lovers out there! Have you ever tasted the Traditional Indian Filter Coffee from South India – Kaapi? If the answer is no, then it is something that you should have.

The Kaapi is a coffee beverage. Its preparation involves combining frothy boiled milk with coffee decoction. While making filter coffee, you will find the use of a special kind of apparatus known as a coffee filter.

To make a decoction, pour the finely ground coffee powder into the filter and add hot water. The coffee infusion percolates at the bottom part of the filter, providing you with a great brew.

People in South India pronounce ‘coffee’ as ‘Kaapi.’ Hence this beverage gets its name. Go to any South Indian restaurant In India, and you will always find this delicious and aromatic beverage on the menu. You can also prepare Kaapi easily at home with a South Indian Coffee Filter.

There is a way of serving the Kaapi. Once the coffee is ready, pour it into a small steel tumbler and place it on a pan-shaped vessel called Davara.  To consume the Kaapi, first, you are supposed to mix it by pouring it back and forth from the tumbler to Davara. This process dissolves the sugar and creates a creamy foam on the top.

Refreshing Indian Traditional Filter Coffee from South India. Authentic Recipe of Kaapi.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: காபி
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Drink Type Coffee Drinks
Main Cooking Method Boiled


Servings 2 Servings
Calories / Serving 76 kcal


  • 3 tsp Ground Coffee – Coffee Powder
  • 1 cup Water
  • 2 tsp White Sugar – Regular Sugar – Granulated Sugar
  • ¾ cup Whole Milk / Full-Fat Milk / Full-Cream Milk
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Making the Coffee Decoction

  • To prepare the coffee decoction, take the coffee filter and place the top vessel on the part below.
  • Place the ground coffee powder on the vessel that has perforations. Spread the coffee powder evenly and place the pressing plate over it.
  • Now heat one cup of water in a pan, and as soon as it boils, pour the water gently into the top section. Cover it with the lid and wait for 10 minutes. The coffee decoction will collect in the lower vessel.

Making the Kaapi

  • Heat milk in a pan till it starts to bubble. Take a tumbler and add sugar to it. Pour the boiling milk in the tumbler as well.
  • Now pour 1/4 of the prepared decoction into the tumbler.
  • To serve, pour the coffee and milk mixture into the Davara and again back to the tumbler. Repeat the process till the sugar mixes well.
  • Serve the Indian Traditional Filter Coffee from South India – Kaapi immediately. Enjoy the delicious brew!

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:

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Calories: 76kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 3gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 41mgPotassium: 190mgSugar: 8gVitamin A: 148IUCalcium: 118mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword Indian Traditional Filter Coffee, Kaapi Recipe, காபி
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Cooking tip for making Kaapi

  • While mixing the Kaapi with the tumbler and Davara, make sure that you pour it from a height. Doing this will result in a froth over the filter coffee.
  • You can adjust the amount of decoction according to how strong you prefer your coffee.
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