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As a little girl I used to love waking up to the aroma of freshly brewing kaapi (coffee). Back then I used to fake having headaches just to have a sip of coffee, it went on till I was old enough to have my own cup of coffee.

In Tamil Nadu, South India, kaapi/coffee is served in stainless steel cups called "tumblers" and a matchig saucer which looks like a bowl called "tabara". The frothy coffee forms a dome on the top and looks as if it is going to overflow any second. We are trained from young to skillfully pick up the tumbler by the rim (notice there are no handles) using just the thumb and the pointing finger and to drink piping hot coffee from the non heat resistant steel tumblers, without spilling a drop or burning our lips.


Macro Monday theme: Coffee

A moment of calm before the madness...


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We are back to weekday madness after bank holiday weekend and I finally feel like I am awake after 3 cups of filter kaapi! We did something new over the weekend. We shot our first video recipe on Saturday and boy, it took me two days to recover from all that exertions! I kid you not! And I don’t even want to start talking about editing part! I watched my hair turn grey as I fidgeted with editing software and I left it in middle as it was impossible to concentrate with two noisy boys running around the house. It didn’t turn out to be how I wanted, as the angles were wrong, too much hand shake, not enough light to get crisp and clean videos etc etc, but I shouldn’t be too hard on myself as it is my first attempt at creating video recipes and I will only learn more and get better over the period of time! There’s a new-found respect for all those who create video recipes day after day and I will be mighty pleased if I can post one video recipe a month! ;)


Apart from that, I am working on a new recipe post for this week which I am excited to share with you. It is one of my most favourite street food (only after Indian chaats) and I hope you will enjoy cooking and eating it as much as we did. So let me go back and start working on it and if time permits, I can then move on to finish editing the first ever video recipe. :)


Wishing you all a fantastic week ahead. Don’t forget to come back and check this space for some delicious food and little stories.





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I am posting this image (shot yesterday) as I have my morning cup of filter coffee. I enjoy south Indian filter coffee, but almost always have just this 1 cup for the day.

PS: Yes, it is not even 6.00 am here, but I have been up for close to 2 hrs now. So. :)

I am a 'very' early morning person.


Enjoy! :)

Have a wonderful week, folks. :)

Few things in life are more fulfilling than strongly brewed South Indian Filter Coffee -- filter kaapi, as it is known.

...or Filter Coffee as we know it is the most popular beverage in the Southern States of India. Its still served in traditional steel utensils only - the steel glass "tumbler" holds the coffee and the steel bowl is used to cool the coffee down in case you are in a hurry! The expanded space causes evaporation and hence faster cooling. We drank some of the best filter coffee in Madras (now Chennai) and Tirupathi in the state of Andhra Pradesh.


Filter Coffee is a sweet milky coffee made from dark roasted coffee beans (70%–80%) and chicory (20%–30%), especially popular in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The most commonly used coffee beans are Peaberry (preferred), Arabica, Malabar and Robusta grown in the hills of Kerala (Malabar region), Karnataka (Kodagu, Chikkamagaluru) and Tamil Nadu (Nilgiris District,Yercaud and Kodaikanal). The signature froth is created by pouring the coffee to and from the glass to the bowl in a vigorous motion.

Hot Filter 'Kaapi' ( coffee) at Sri Krishna Udupi Bhavan, Balepet, Bangalore

chocolate chip cookies and the Yorkshire Gold tea :)


This one is for you Cesca :) Thanks for introducing me to this brand...I love it :)

This is a repost of one of my old photos..was having trouble with the borders on the old one..hope its ok now :)


I got a filter kaapi par excellence for this pic from her :)))

Madras filter coffee .. the best coffee in the whole world! Taken at the 7th Chennai Photowalk (re-run).

In South India, especially in Tamil Nadu, the day has to start with a traditional homemade filter coffee preparation called "Kaapi".


It is made from dark roasted coffee beans brewed with a special metal device called filter. It is traditionally consumed by adding a cup of boiling milk, served hot and frothy in a traditional tumbler and dabara (a wide metal saucer).


I just love sipping a hot cuppa kaapi by the window, especially when it is raining outside!!


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"filter coffee" kaapi

Filter coffee on a lazy sunday afternoon..a mild breeze brushing against your face is always refreshing

One of the first shots I took with my 50mm f1.8


Me also Slave to tradition of drinking filter kaapi in the maarning with the hindu. yes yes it is @sudhamshu's fav news paper

Not filter kaapi which is my first choice, but Bru Instant :)

Masala Tea and South Indian Filter Coffee - Chennai Banana Leaf, Syndal AUD2.50 each


Masala tea is also known as Chai or Masala Chai. This version had strong cardamom flavours, which i liked, but reminds Julia of the dentist! :P


The coffee wasn't very strong, but had a lot of evaporated milk, which made it quite thick. Not my cup of tea. :P


On the menu:

- Masala Tea - Sowkarpet Masala Tea

- South Indian Filter Coffee - Mylapore Mami's Kaapi


Chennai Banana Leaf

252 Blackburn Rd, Glen Waverley


(03) 9886 5500


Other photos

- Idli with Sambar and Chutney

- Veettu Dosai with Pumpkin and Cauliflower Curries

- Iddiyappam with Lamb Curry

- Masala Tea and South Indian Filter Coffee



- Chennai Banana Leaf - The Age, Epicure

- Chennai Banana Leaf - Mietta's


He was deeply enjoying the hot coffee.


Unlike other parts of India and the West, Tamilians prefer to have their coffee out of a metallic cup and saucer - called the Tumbler and the Dabara.


This is how we used to have coffee before porcelain took over. Even now some of the authentic filter coffee outlets in Chennai serve in the metallic cup - which is stainless steel.

South Indian coffee (called Kaapi because it's the local name for it) has a distinctly strong taste with plenty of sugar added. When served, you usually have to pour it from cup to saucer and back to cup a number of times to cool it down. Definitely better than Nescafe - but be warned, a lot of restaurants WILL pass off Nescafe as South Indian kaapi, so ask before ordering.


Home delivery available

Bru instant coffee

Next best option to real filter kaapi

1 tsp Bru plus 1 tsp sugar plus one cup just boiled milk

Perfect for a lazy weekend

Murugan Idli Shop, Besant Nagar

The magic called filter kaapi

An old man taking his morning walk. This picture has been clicked at Banaswadi, an area known to be cluttered with small traditional homes. Homes that are full of color, tradition and simplicity. When you walk through the lanes that traverse the Banaswadi area, you cannot but ignore the sweet smell of filter kaapi that ends up tingling your nose buds. Truly a slice of old Bangalore served unadulterated.

One plate idli and one kaapi at Adiga's is delicious, but it's wholly inadequate where breakfast is concerned. Where's the cereal? Where are the fruits? Where is the impressive looking sandwich? Where's the juice?

for a hot hyderabadi summer morning or afternoon treat

In Chennai, every household wakes up to the aroma of filter coffee made fresh morning and evening. Almost all start their day sipping/slurping a cup of filter coffee reading their favorite newspaper or their news website. This is an age old tradition of the amazing Chennai folks!