Sara Ali Khan Finds Solace In Filter Coffee To Beat The Rain

As the rain beat heavily on Mumbai, there’s nothing quite as comforting as taking shelter from the cold and wrapping your hands around a hot cup of fresh filter coffee. And when you do, nothing quite compares to filter coffee. Recently, Bollywood sweetheart Sara Ali Khan dropped by Matunga’s Cafe Madras Cafe to do just that. 

The cafe, opened in 1940 has been a hub for people seeking authentic South Indian cuisine at affordable prices. It’s an iconic and cherished establishment that holds a special place in Mumbai's culinary landscape. Nestled in the heart of the bustling neighbourhood, this quaint South Indian eatery has been serving delectable traditional fare for decades. With its humble yet inviting ambience, Cafe Madras exudes a nostalgic charm that transports patrons to a bygone era. 

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The menu is a delightful fusion of flavours, boasting an array of dosas, idlis, vadas, and filter coffee that is simply unparalleled in taste and draw attention from all walks of life. The friendly staff adds to the warm and welcoming atmosphere, making every visit a memorable experience. Locals and visitors alike flock to Cafe Madras to savour authentic South Indian delicacies, making it an institution that stands as a testament to the city's love affair with its culinary heritage.

Sara Ali Khan has often posted about her foodie adventures and like father Saif Ali Khan takes tremendous joy from simple and wholesome cuisine. 

Here's a step-by-step guide to making authentic South Indian filter coffee at home:


  • Coarsely ground coffee powder (South Indian coffee blend recommended)
  • Water
  • Milk
  • Sugar (optional)


  • Boil Water: Measure the amount of water you need for the coffee you want to make. Generally, a 1:3 ratio of coffee to water is used. So, for one cup of coffee, you can use 1 tablespoon of coffee powder and 3 tablespoons of water. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan or pot.
  • Coffee Powder: While the water is boiling, add the coarsely ground coffee powder to a cup. The amount of coffee powder can be adjusted according to your preference for a stronger or milder coffee taste.
  • Mixing: Once the water comes to a rolling boil, pour it over the coffee powder in the cup. Stir well with a spoon to ensure that the coffee powder is thoroughly mixed with the water. Let this mixture sit for about 4-5 minutes.
  • Decanting: After the coffee has brewed for a few minutes, you will notice the coffee grounds settling at the bottom of the cup. Carefully decant the brewed coffee into another cup or small bowl. This step is crucial to prevent drinking coffee with coffee grounds.
  • Boil Milk: While the coffee is brewing, you can boil milk on the stove or microwave according to your preference.
  • Mixing Milk and Coffee: In a serving cup, add the desired amount of brewed coffee and mix it with the boiled milk. The ratio of milk to coffee can be adjusted as per your taste. If you like a strong coffee, use less milk, and for a milder taste, add more milk.
  • Sweeten (optional): If you prefer your coffee sweet, you can add sugar according to your taste. Stir well until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Frothing (optional): For an authentic South Indian filter coffee experience, you can froth the coffee-milk mixture. To do this, pour the coffee between two cups or use a coffee frother. Froth it back and forth several times until a nice froth forms on top. Enjoy hot!