I have almost completed a week in self-isolation which wasn’t so bad considering on two days I had to rush to the office to use the Bloomberg Terminal. Pandemics imply market corrections which means growth stocks might be available for cheap in the short term.
So on Day 5 today, while mindlessly scrolling on Instagram, I came across Dalgona Coffee (trending on social media, FYI), which is nothing but a cold coffee- an unstirred version- of our phaeti hui coffee.
People stuck in quarantine in South Korea are now connecting with each other by making their versions of the Dalgona Iced Coffee and posting about it online.
2020 has been a tough TOUGH year for everybody. It’s been especially volatile for Delhiites. So, when I see people in the world coming together in times of uncertainty you can 110% count me in on participating in that viral trend, fad or not.
From the quintessential ‘pick-me-up’ to the brewing of something romantic, coffee has played an extremely important role in all our lives. My love affair with coffee started out of necessity when I would make my not-so-accommodative sister drive me to the nearest coffeeshop for a double shot espresso during exam time. Eventually, when I started working, coffee came to my rescue every morning – if you can call it coffee that is, or maybe the poison extracted from earsplitting steam exhaling machines is a better description of what I have been drinking all these years.
At my new workplace, there’s no sign of a coffee machine, what there is though, is a kettle. So my lovely office boy comes up to me every morning and asks me “Aaj kaunsi coffee?”. He has seen me through my phases of keto, intermittent fasting and substituting coffee for dessert, so I really can’t blame him if he needs to know whether he’ll need to add milk powder in the boiled water and instant coffee mix, which he calls a cup of coffee or not.
This coffee is delicious though! It’s almost a dessert-like indulgence. The beaten coffee makes it feel much denser and richer than it actually is. This is the perfect drink for the coming blistering summer.
Its super easy to make and needs only four ingredients – Instant Coffee, Sugar, Water and Milk! (Well, ice too).
Here’s what you need:
- 2 tbsp – Instant Coffee Powder
- 2 tbsp – Caster Sugar
- 2 tbsp – Boiling Water
- 1/2 Glass of Milk
- 3-4 Ice Cubes
Here’s what you need to do:
Set about half a cup of water on the stove to boil (you can scoop out two tablespoons of water from there).
To beat the coffee, I used a stand mixer (Dont @ me). When we Indian’s make beaten coffee, we usually just do it by hand in a cup – knock yourself out! But I was lazy and had a Power Point to get back to.
In a cup or a bowl, place the coffee power, sugar and hot water and start beating. You can use a stand mixer, a frother or even a spoon (arranged in ascending order for time taken 🙂 )
While the mix is beating, hum your favorite song, pile the ice cubes in a nice long glass and top it with milk.
Once the coffee mix resembles a thick meringue-like consistency and basically holds its shape – use a spoon to place the whipped – better than clouds – coffee goodness on top of the milk in a very hat like fashion, putting even the most accomplished Baristas to shame :D.
Do not stir. Be patient, pick a side of the glass and sip sip sip. The cold milk suddenly rushes through the coffee cloud and balances the whole thing out. You can thank me for this later. Stay home and Stay safe ♥