Phitti hui Coffee – Pakistani Whipped Coffee

phitti hui coffee or indian whipped coffee in a mug

I know what you are thinking. Pakistani Whipped coffee? Is that Dalgona I am talking about? I assure you, I am not! Pakistani Latte aka Phitti hui coffee is its own version of deliciousness in a mug that you need to try today!

What is whipped coffee?

Whipped coffee is basically just coffee, sugar and water beaten vigorously to add air into the coffee. The coffee eventually turns a lighter “coffee color” and becomes fluffy and airy. You add this to your milk and water or half and half, and have a rather spectacular latte ready.

The whipped coffee goes by so many names; we’ll probably be here for another 4 minutes if I start listing all of them! The most popular one these days is “Dalgona coffee” which obviously my mom wasn’t amused by when I told her about it and here’s why. Growing up we just called it phitti hui coffee (meaning beaten coffee) since it was made by beating a spoon against a mug to give some air into the coffee.

So who is the real OG of whipped coffee?

Of course a year ago, tiktokers made whipped coffee go viral, which was basically just Dalgona Coffee, popular in South Korea. But whipped coffee has been around for wayyyyyy longer than that. It’s also known as Frappe in Greece, other than our “phitti hui coffee”. Our friends across the border call it an Indian Cappuccino. I also want to take this opportunity to mention that my mom calls it Desi coffee 😛

How is Dalgona coffee different from a Pakistani Latte

Lots of confusion around the internet revolving around this question. It’s simple. Dalgona coffee is served with whipped coffee on top of iced milk. Whereas a Pakistani latte is served as a standard warm drink by pouring milk on TOP of the whipped coffee.

Whipped coffee stylesHow are these whipped coffee prepared.
Dalgona CoffeeWhipped coffee used a topping over iced milk
Frappe coffeeCoffee, ice, sugar and milk in a blender
Pakistani Latte / Indian cappuccino / Beaten coffee / Desi coffeeHot milk and water mixed with whipped coffee

Ingredients For Pakistani Latte/Phitti hui coffee

  • Instant Coffee – The whipped coffee only works with instant coffee powder. You CANNOT use the regular ground coffee because it needs to be brewed before you can have it. Lots of instant coffee brands are available these days, the most commonly found is Nescafe, which is the one I use.
  • Sugar – I’ve made this recipe with all kinds of sugars; brown, white, castor and coconut. And it works and whips up perfectly with all of them. If you are cutting out sugar from your diet, you can use a sugar alternative as well or skip it altogether. The results maybe a little different and the coffee may not whip up very stiff, but you’ll still get a decent amount of air in the coffee.
  • Water – Warm to hot water is ideal to make the perfect coffee! It can also work with cold water but it will take longer to whip up.
  • Half milk and half water – Once your coffee is whipped, you can decide what to pour in it. Ideal combination is equal parts of water and milk. You can also use nut milks instead of regular milk.

How to make Pakistani Latte

a whipped coffee mixture in a bowl

STEP 1 – Whip the coffee

All you have to do is put almost equal parts of sugar, coffee and hot water in a bowl and whip it up. You can use a milk frother to do this, or an electric beater or a stand mixer. Of Course you can go old school and use a spoon and use the whisking motion to beat air into the coffee, but I’d rather skip the arm workout tbh.

STEP 2 – Assemble

Drop the whipped coffee at the bottom of your mug. Now warm up some equal parts milk and equal parts water. Pour it over your whipped coffee and stir to mix well. Crush some instant coffee granules on top of your coffee and viola. Enjoy

You can also bulk prepare the whipped coffee for a larger gathering and keep leftover in the fridge.

phitti hui coffee or indian whipped coffee in a cup

Tips on making the best whipped coffee

  • Use hot water for faster results while whipping the coffee
  • Use an electric beater or a milk frother to beat air into the coffee rather than beating it by hand.
  • Scoop the whipped coffee in the mug first and THEN pour your half and half over it. Use a spoon to mix the whipped coffee to allow the whipped coffee to infuse with milk and water
  • Use a bowl to whip the coffee rather than a mug, more area will allow air to be incorporated better and quicker

How long can the whipped coffee stay in the fridge?

You can bulk prepare whipped coffee and keep it in the fridge for 5 to 6 days easy. Just make sure the bowl is covered properly with a lid or cling wrap.

How to make a lite version of the Pakistani Whipped coffee

  • Use sugar alternatives like Stevia or coconut sugar. Or skip sugar altogether
  • Use almond milk or soy milk instead of regular milk
  • If you cutting on caffeine, use the decaf instant coffee option.

More Drink Recipes to try

Apple Cinnamon Latte
Date and Melon Shake
Lemon Ginger Iced Tea
Saudi Champagne

indian whipped coffee or phitti hui coffee

Pakistani Latte / Indian Cappuccino

Yield: 1 serving / multiple servings
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes

A South Asian style of whipped coffee served over warm milk and water.


single serving

  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar (or according to taste)
  • 1 1/4 tsp instant coffee
  • 1 tbsp hot water

Multiple servings (15 servings)

  • 1/2 cup instant coffee
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup hot boiling water



  1. Add coffee, sugar and hot water in a mug. Whip it with a milk frother, hand beater or manually with a spoon. Beat it for about 3 to 4 mins. The coffee will become light and air and create soft peaks.
  2. Warm some water and milk.
  3. Pour the water plus milk over the whipped coffee. Stir to mix coffee with liquid.
  4. Crush some instant coffee on top and serve immediately.


  1. Add coffee, sugar and water in a large bowl and use an electric mixer or a stand mix to beat the coffee. Beat the coffee for 5 to 7 mins or until you get soft peaks of coffee mix.
  2. Drop 2 tablespoons of the whipped coffee into each mug.
  3. Pour hot water and milk mix over the whipped coffee. Stit with a spoon. Add more whipped coffee or sugar if needed.
  4. Crush some instant coffee on top and serve.
  5. You can also serve whipped coffee, milk, sugar and water separately to allow your guests to create their own lattes.


  • You can use full milk instead of milk plus water.
  • You can add more sugar according to taste
  • The bulk whipped coffee can last in the fridge for upto 5 to 6 days.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 41Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 0g

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Awesome presentation and recipe

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