Calcutta Cold Coffee


Preparation info

  • Serves


    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      30 min

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30 Minute Mowgli

By Nisha Katona

Published 2021

  • About

My ancestors come from Calcutta and my memories of days spent there in my youth are coloured with the glaring heat and intensity of the brutal summer sun. During these summers, cool relief could be found at the heaving stalls of street vendors who sold ice-cold, sweet coffee. I hope this recipe offers you the same relief.


  • 2 tbsp dark-roast instant coffee
  • 400 ml/14 fl oz/scant


  1. Put the coffee in a cup with just enough boiling water to dissolve it, then pour into a blender along with the milk, sugar and both types cardamom seeds. Blend the mixture to combine, then set aside for 10 minutes to allow the spices to infuse.
  2. Fill 4 small glasses with crushed ice and add a cinnamon stick to each one, then pour the coffee into the glasses thro