I was out of our regular coffee at home. Rummaging through the pantry I found a packet of ‘Bru’ instant coffee. Mum had lovingly put it in my bag when we were returning back from India last April, as she knows how much I love it.
In India, Bru and Nescafe Sunrise were my favorite instant coffee powders. I think every South Indian has one of the two in their homes. It is the perfect accompaniment for dosas and idlis.
But today’s post is not about a regular cup of Bru coffee. It is called ‘Beat’ coffee. This was introduced to me by my college friend Shikha. She lives in a beautiful house in Panvel, complete with a garden and a cat. Her warm and loving parents always welcomed me as their daughter. Panvel was quite far from our Dockyard Road home. So I’d usually stay back for the night. Aunty pampered me with lots of punju food. Aloo or Mooli Parathas, Rajma Chawal, Aloo Gobi and loads more.
Shikha and I used to chit-chat all night long. Sometimes till 4:00am. To keep awake with a tummy full of food was difficult. So we’d make this coffee.
We would add coffee powder, sugar and around two tablespoons of warm milk to two mugs. Then we would head to her terrace and sit there and ‘beat’ each of our mugs with a spoon. Chatting away after around 20 minutes, it would turn into a thick creamy, frothy paste. Once the consistency was right, we used to head down to the kitchen and stir in some hot milk. It was divine! Almost Cappuccino-ish. It is fun making this with girlfriends.
This post is for you Shikha. Whenever I make this, I think of you and some of the wonderful times spent together.