Velchi coffee or Coffee infused with cardamom

This is a slightly odd addition to the Ganpati menu but bear with me whilst I explain why. As I said in my post on this festival, the Ganpati celebration was an occasion for the entire clan to gather at my grandparents’ home for the post dinner evening worship.

Obviously, it was important to serve the guests some refreshments and the timing was perfect for a cup of coffee. Not just any old cuppa though. What made this coffee special was the addition of cardamom pods while brewing it.

Full fat milk, loads of sugar, cardamom pods and coffee powder were brewed together until it was thick, frothy and decadent. As you can probably see, this wasn’t for those with a delicate appetite.

I have modified the original version to make it more digestible to present day tummies.

So here it is in all its modern glory and it’s so simple I can hardly call it a ‘recipe’.

Velchi (cardamom infused) coffee

Velchi (cardamom infused) coffee


100 mls milk

100 mls water

1 heaped teaspoon sugar

3-4 crushed cardamom pods (skin and all)

1 heaped tablespoon coffee powder*


  1. In a saucepan, over medium heat, add the milk, water, sugar and crushed cardamom pods.

  2. When the mixture is simmering, add in the coffee powder and bring to a light boil.

  3. At the first sign of bubbles, turn off the heat.

  4. Strain into a mug and enjoy it steaming hot.



  1. All measurements can be altered to suit your taste. This coffee does need some sugar though as it can be quite strong.

  2. The coffee powder used is MR coffee (55% coffee, 45% chicory) and makes a strong brew. You may need to brew a stronger decoction if using 100% coffee powder.


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7 Responses to Velchi coffee or Coffee infused with cardamom

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  2. Rajlakshmi says:

    I was about to ask you about this when I read the previous post but hey you didn’t say when to add cardamom… I assume it’s along with sugar.

  3. akaushiva says:

    Mmmm…can smell the aromas! I love my coffee and this I am trying!!

  4. catchats says:

    This coffee sounds delicious. I really enjoy flavoured coffee.

    I remember when I lived in Montreal in the 1908s, I had a friend from India who made me tea with the cardamom, sugar and hot milk. It was so delicious. I’ll never forget it or her as she was such a nice lady and taught me a lot about India. Now I am lucky to be friends with many Indian bloggers and it is such fun to learn about your country.

    • Cat, thank you for visiting and for your kind words. 🙂 This coffee has been a childhood favourite. It brings back happy memories each time I inhale the aromas of cardamom and coffee bubbling on the stove.

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