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Indian Coffee Creamer

A co-worker just got back from a trip to India. She described being served coffee with a wonderfully-flavored cream, the ingredients of which she couldn't identify.
Would anyone know of a secret spice mixture that they put into Indian coffee creamer, or was she simply getting Coffee Mate in an exotic context?

asked by sidthecat over 4 years ago
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Ife
added over 4 years ago

Try grating fresh nutmeg and cinnamon? That seems like it would be a yummy mix!

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added over 4 years ago

The closest you would probably get is by using sweetened condensed milk, this is also used in the Indian 'chai', a sweet milky tea.

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added over 4 years ago

Creamers and sweeten condensed milk are not used in Indian households for tea or coffee. Every region and home in India uses their own magical spice in coffee -- though I believe the south Indian version would win best-in-class. I'm northern Indian and have learned over the years from s. indians how they make their coffee. I think this is what you are looking for (apologies for zero measurements): 6 green pods of cardamom, powdered cinnamon, 1 or 2 cloves depending on how spicy you want it. Mash it all up in a mortor and pestol. Add one cup of cold water and spice mixture in saucepan. Boil and reduce water to 1/3. REduce heat and add 1 tsp of instant coffee. Then add whole milk and bring to a boil 3X.. Bring to boil once. Turn off heat, wait a min then re-boil. Strain, add sugar and enjoy!

If anyone here works for Starbucks, please ask them to stop saying "chai tea latte". That's like saying "tea, tea, coffee with milk":):)

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added over 4 years ago

meant to say approx measurements - not zero measurements. Hope this all helps.

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added over 4 years ago

I didn't say they use condensed milk but the closest equivalent to using their whole milk & sugar would be this. I t is a way that is widely used by Indian families in the UK.