prepare Bhang(trad. milk&ganja)

Bhang is preparation from the leaves and flowers (buds) of the female Ganja plant consumed in the India. It is consumed either as a drink or smoked.The traditional harvest and preparation of bhang occurs during the celebrations such as Holi  hence associated with Lord shiva It has now become synonymous with Holi, to the point where consuming bhang at that time is standard practice.

Bhang is made from the leaf and flower of a cannabis plant. Bhaang thandai is a very popular drink in India specially during the festivals of Holi and Maha Shivratri and Kali Puja Bhang Thandai is very popular in many parts of North India. It is made by mixing bhang withthandai.
The intoxicating thandai is a drink prepared by grinding the buds and leaves of cannabis plant into a paste. This paste is then mixed with milk, ghee, and spices to prepare the Thandai.
Almonds, dry watermelon , poppy seeds, aniseed, etc are soaked for 1 to 2 hours in water . All the soaked ingredients are ground to a fine paste. Water is mixed with the paste and the mixture is strained to extract the liquid into a vessel. Then milk and sugar is added to the extracted liquid. To add to the flavour, cardamom powder and gulkand or gulabjal (rose essence) is mixed in the milk. This refreshing drink is then chilled before serving.
The cultivation of cannabis is illegal in many parts of India. Still bhang is widely available and consumed. It is a tradition for many Hindus to drink bhang on special occasions like Holi ,the festival of colours.
Though Bhaang Thandai is the most popular form of bhaang there are others too. Baang Lassi is another popular drink made by mixing bhaang with lassi, a very popular refreshing drink in North India made from yoghurt. Baang Laddu is a round sweet mixed with bhanng to make it intoxicating. Bhaang ke pakode is another very popular form of bhaang prepared specially during festivals.

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Ingredients: ? 1/2 Ounce cannabis
? 2 Cups warm whole milk
? 1/2 Cup sugar
? 1 tbsp Coconut milk
? 1 tbsp Almonds, chopped
? 1/8 tsp Ginger, powdered
? 1 Pinch garam masala
? 1/2 tsp Grenadine
? 1 Cup water

How to make Bhang Lassi: ?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, 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. ?Remove the cannabis and pour the milk, coconut milk, grenadine and boiled water into a container. ?Combine ginger, sugar, and garam masala with it, keep stirring. ?Bhang Lassi is ready to serve.

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