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Bhang ki Thandai

Bhaang is prepared by grounding the buds and leaves of Cannabis using a mortar and pestle into a green paste. It is mixed with milk, ghee, and spices to prepare a nutritious, refreshing drink known as Thandai, which is intoxicating in nature.

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 liter - Water
  • 1 1/2 cups - Sugar
  • 1 cup - Milk
  • 1 tbsp - Almonds
  • 1 tbsp - Watermelon/Cantaloupe seeds (dried and skinned)
  • 1/2 tbsp - Poppy seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp - Aniseed
  • 1/2 tsp - Cardamom powder
  • 1 tsp - Peppercorns (whole)
  • 1/4 cup - Dried or fresh rose petals (Gulkand variety)

Method:
  • Soak sugar in 1/2 liter of water and all other dry ingredients in 2 cups of water for at least 2 hours.
  • Grind all soaked ingredients (not sugar) to a very fine paste.
  • Mix remaining water to the paste and strain it using a strong muslin strainer to extract the liquid into a vessel until the residue becomes dry.
  • Add milk and sugar to the extracted liquid.
  • Mix the cardamom powder in the milk.
  • Chill for an hour of two before serving.
  • Makes about 8 glasses.

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