This is my glorious invention that came out of my work from home routine during this pandemic.
I absolutely love starting my day with this latte, which I now proudly call my lazy latte. This really is the classic “phitti hui coffee” popular in Pakistan that has now been usurped under the wave of those “Dalgona coffee enthusiasts.” psstt. But I have to give credit where credit is due. My love for phitti coffee was reignited because of the Dalgona trend.
How is this different from Dalgona?
Dalgona became popular through Tiktok. I like to describe Dalgona as phitti hui coffee on steroids. Dalgona had people getting out their whisk to beat the coffee REALLY fluffy. And you can certainly get your whisk out. But truthfully, I only make 1 cup and I find the extra effort a bit much for my morning routine. So the regular old phitti hui coffee will do.
Do I need to microwave the coffee?
Now nuking the coffee may not be everyone’s thing but it truly works and takes your regular coffee and transforms it into a latte! The froth is incredible; you can see it in action below. The hint of cardamom is so refreshing in this phitti hui latte; my Instagram followers who have tried this have loved this magical ingredient. I hope you give this a try!
2-min Cardamom Latte (Phitti Coffee)
- 1 tsp Instant coffee I use Nescafe original
- 1 1/2-2 tsp sugar I use 2 tsp of raw sugar but if using white sugar 1 1/2 tsp is plenty sweet
- 1 cup milk I drink this in a 12 oz mug
- In a microwave safe mug/cup, add the coffee and sugar and just 1/2 a tsp of water.
- Mix vigorously with a spoon until the coffee turns a pale color and becomes fluffy. This should take you only about 30-45 seconds.
- Once your coffee turns fluffy and light brown, add a splash of milk to loosen the mixture and then top off the mug with milk and stir for a couple seconds.
- Add one cardamom pod (lightly cracked open) and microwave the coffee for 1 minutes. Take it out, give it a gentle stir and then microwave for 30 seconds. It will become really frothy.
- Be sure to add only a few drops of water to the coffee. If it turns to liquid, then you have gone too far and mixing can take pretty long. When adding just a couple drops, the mixture is really grainy and has a consistency of a sugar scrub. Continue beating with a spoon and only add a drop of water if needed.
- For me, 1 and a half minute is plenty to get the perfect froth. But you can add 15 more seconds.