If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed my preoccupation with this approximation of a latté.

I call it The Bollywood, because it tastes like a cupful of frothy-raucous drama and celebration.

Its deep fuchsia tint is accredited to foaming the milk with coloured cardamom – elachi – syrup (usually available at Indian grocers). In addition to the syrup, freshly ground cardamom tails and tops the latté. The flavour is reminiscent of a falooda shake.


To make a Bollywood Latté:

  • Froth 100ml/4oz milk with cardamom syrup (about 1 tsp depending on the sweetness & strength of your brand).
  • Add ground cardamom to the bottom of your coffee cup.
  • Pull a double espresso.
  • Pour in the cardamom milk.
  • Spoon over the froth.
  • Sprinkle with additional ground cardamom.

Here’s my how-to video: