Exploring the rich history and cultural significance of cannabis consumption in India, we delve into the ancient traditions of India where the plant has been revered for millennia. Among the various methods of enjoying this sacred herb, one standout is 'Bhang' – a traditional cannabis blend deeply ingrained in Indian culture. But little did we know that bhang consumption isn’t just limited to the beverage, but there are many other ways, you can consume bhang which you probably haven’t heard before. We have compiled a few recipes for you to get your Holi Celebrations started.

1) Bhang Tea

Bhang, a traditional Indian cannabis paste cherished for its versatility, finds its way into an array of culinary delights. Often enjoyed in the form of tea, this ancient concoction blends together the leaves, buds, and seeds of the marijuana plant, offering a unique and time-honored experience. Join us as we explore the intriguing world of Bhang, uncovering its rich history and diverse uses in Indian cuisine.


  • ¾ cup pre-made tea of your choice (recommended lemon)
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 cups milk
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 6 cloves
  • 6 green cardamom pods, cracked
  • 6 black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp fresh minced ginger
  • 1 tsp oil
  • ¼ cup half-and-half cream


  • Combine your Bhang paste, water, milk, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, peppercorns, ginger, and oil in a pan.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat.
  • Once boiling, reduce the flame and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes until the Bhang is finely blended.
  • Allow the mixture to cool, then strain it using a cheesecloth into a jar. Ensure it is well-covered.
  • In a cup, pour ¼ cup of half-and-half cream and ¾ cup of strained tea.
  • Heat the mixture in the microwave, then serve and enjoy your homemade Bhang tea!

**You can serve this tea as cold/hot as per your liking and if refrigerated properly it can stay upto a week. 

2) Bhang Lassi :

It's like your regular lassi but with a twist – a bhang twist! This traditional Indian drink packs a punch, blending authentic lassi with a dose of cannabis that'll have you feeling as happy as a lark and high as a kite. It's the kind of drink that's perfect for chilling out and enjoying life's simple pleasures. So, why not give it a try and see where the journey takes you?


  • 5 gms (1/2 oz) bhang
  • 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


  • To craft the perfect Bhang Lassi, start by bringing water to a boil in a teapot, then add bhang to infuse.
  • Let it brew for around 7 to 10 minutes before straining.
  • Now, here comes the fun part – gradually grind the strained bhang with a bit of milk, repeating the process several times to ensure maximum infusion.
  • Strain this milk into another bowl and set it aside.
  • Next up, add more milk to the bhang paste and grind it along with almonds, again repeating the process to extract all those delicious flavors.
  • Once done, remove the bhang and combine the infused milk with coconut milk, grenadine, and boiled water in a container.
  • To add that extra zing, mix in ginger, sugar, and garam masala while stirring continuously.
  • And voila! Your Bhang Lassi is now ready to be served – a tantalizing blend that promises a journey of relaxation and enjoyment with every sip.

3) Bhang ke Pakode :

Indulge in the festive spirit of Holi with an awesome treat – Bhaang ke Pakode! These speciality pakodas hold a cherished place in the hearts (and stomachs) of Indians all over the globe. Here's how you can whip up your own batch of Bhang Ke Pakode:

  Ingredients required : 

  • 1 cup besan (gram flour)
  • 1/4 cup bhang (cannabis paste)
  • 1 medium-sized potato, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium-sized onion, thinly sliced
  • 2-3 green chilies, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for frying


  • In a mixing bowl, combine besan, bhang paste, thinly sliced potatoes, onions, chopped green chilies, cumin seeds, red chili powder, and salt.
  • Gradually add water to the mixture to form a thick batter, ensuring that all ingredients are well-coated.
  • Heat oil in a deep pan or kadhai over medium heat.
  • Once the oil is hot, carefully drop spoonfuls of the batter into the oil, frying the pakoras in batches.
  • Fry the pakodas until they turn golden brown and crispy on all sides.
  • Using a slotted spoon, remove the pakodas from the oil and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess oil.
  • Serve hot with your favorite chutney or dipping sauce, and enjoy the festive flavors of Bhaang ke Pakode with your loved ones!

With their crispy exterior and flavorful interior, these Bhaang ke Pakode are sure to be a hit at your Holi celebration. 

4) Bhang ki Bharfi :

Whether enjoyed during festive occasions or as a decadent dessert, Bhang Ki Barfi is sure to delight your palate with its irresistible taste and creamy texture. So, gather your ingredients and get ready to indulge in this classic Indian sweet with a unique twist! Treat your taste buds to the delightful flavors of Bhang Ki Barfi – a traditional Indian sweet infused with the essence of cannabis. Here’s how you can whip up this indulgent delicacy. 


  • 1 cup khoya (milk solids)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons bhang paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • Chopped nuts such as almonds, pistachios for garnish (optional)


  • Heat a non-stick pan on medium heat and add the khoya.
  • Stir continuously until the khoya softens and starts to melt.
  • Add sugar to the khoya and mix well until the sugar dissolves completely.
  • Gradually add the bhang paste to the mixture, stirring continuously to ensure it is evenly incorporated.
  • Continue to cook the mixture on low heat, stirring frequently to prevent burning, until it thickens and starts to leave the sides of the pan.
  • Once the mixture reaches a thick consistency, add cardamom powder and mix well.
  • Grease a plate or tray with ghee or butter and spread the mixture evenly onto it, smoothing the surface with a spatula.
  • Sprinkle chopped nuts over the surface if desired, gently pressing them into the mixture.
Allow the mixture to cool and set for a few hours at room temperature or in the refrigerator. 
  • Once set, cut the mixture into desired shapes, such as squares or diamonds.
  • Your delicious Bhang Ki Barfi is now ready to be enjoyed! Serve and savor the rich flavors of this special treat.

    5) Bhang Ki Chutney :

    With its vibrant green color and aromatic blend of fresh herbs and spices, Bhang Ki Chutney adds a burst of flavor to any meal. This chutney recipe is very popular in Uttarakahand. Lets gather our ingredients and be prepared to impress your own taste buds with this exotic and delicious condiment! 


    • 1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves
    • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
    • 2-3 green chilies, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon bhang paste 
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • Salt to taste


    • Rinse the fresh coriander and mint leaves thoroughly under cold water and pat them dry using a clean kitchen towel.
    • In a blender or food processor, combine the coriander leaves, mint leaves, chopped green chilies, bhang paste, lemon juice, sugar, and salt.
    • Blend the ingredients until you achieve a smooth and well-combined mixture. You may need to scrape down the sides of the blender or food processor to ensure all ingredients are evenly incorporated.
    • Taste the chutney and adjust the seasoning according to your preference, adding more salt or lemon juice if desired.
    • Once the chutney reaches your desired consistency and flavor, transfer it to a serving bowl or container.
    • Cover the bowl or container with a lid and refrigerate the chutney for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
    • Your flavorful Bhang Ki Chutney is now ready to be served! Enjoy it as a condiment with your favorite Indian snacks, appetizers, or main dishes.

    Through these recipes, we've uncovered the versatility of bhang as an ingredient, showcasing its ability to enhance flavors and elevate dishes to new heights. Whether enjoyed during festive celebrations like Holi or simply as a way to explore the depths of Indian culinary heritage, Bhang-infused dishes provide a glimpse into a world where food and culture intertwine in beautiful harmony. But make sure to be responsible and safe while consuming these. Have a happy Holi!