Bhang, or marijuana, has been used in India for thousands of years - and the bhang lassi is one of the plant's more delicious preparations. Often, the shake-like drink is part of the celebrations surrounding Holi - also known as the festival of colours - or Maha Shivaratri, a Hindu festival celebrating the god Shiva, in which it's considered a tool to be harnessed for spiritual uses.
But tasty, milkshake-like bhang lassis are also used as a common relaxant and appetite stimulant, popular with tourists in India. Until you can start planning that trip to subcontinent, here's a recipe to try at home.
Bhang lassi ingredients:
1/2 oz. Cannabis
2 Cups warm whole milk
1/2 Cup sugar
1 tbsp Coconut milk
1 tbsp Almonds, chopped
1/8 tsp Powdered ginger
1 pinch Garam masala
1/2 tsp Grenadine
1 cup Water
How to make it:
- Bring water to a boil in a teapot, and add cannabis to it.
- Brew for about 7 to 10 minutes, then strain.
- Gradually grind the strained cannabis along with 2 tbsp of milk using a mortar and pestle; repeat this process several times.
- Strain the milk into another bowl and keep aside.
- Add a little more milk to the cannabis and grind it along with the almonds, repeat this several times.
- Strain the liquid through your sieve to remove the excess cannabis plant matter, and proceed to pour the milk, coconut milk, grenadine and water into one pan.
- Add ginger, sugar, and garam masala, bringing to a boil while stirring continuously.
- Take the mixture off the heat. Once it is at a reasonable temperature, place it in the fridge to continue cooling for a few hours.
- Your bhang lassi is ready to serve!
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