Bhang Recipe : How to Make Bhang Ki Thandai at Home

The bhang powder is prepared from the leaves and flowers of the Bhang or the Cannabis plant. Its consumption makes you feel dizzy and relieves you from all sorts of anxiety. As per the ancient saying, the Bhang plant is closely associated with Lord Shiva. It is because, Lord Shiva, the almighty discovered the transcendental properties of eating Bhang. This Bhang Recipe makes the cooling and the refreshing drink called as Thandai. It is specially prepared on the day of the Holi.

Bhang Thandai

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  • Recipe Category: Drinks and Juices
  • Cuisine: Refreshers

Description: This Bhang Recipe makes Thandai, the cooling and the refreshing drink. It is specially prepared the festival of Holi. It is simple and easy to make at home.

Bhang Thandai

Let’s learn how to make bhang ki thandai at home step by step.

Ingredients for Bhang Recipe:

  • Milk – 1 litre
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Sugar – ½ cup
  • Saffron Strands (Kesar) – 2 pinches.
  • Almonds (Badam) – 1 tbsp.
  • Cannabis Powder (Bhang Seed Powder) – 10 tbsp.
  • Peppercorns (Kali Mirch) – 10 units.
  • Cardamom Powder (Elaichi Powder) – ½ tsp.
  • Watermelon Seeds (Dried) – 1 tbsp.
  • Poppy Seeds (Khus Khus) – ½ tbsp.
  • Rose Petals (Gulab Ki Patti) – ¼ cup
  • Aniseed – ½ tbsp.

Note: The cardamom powder is available in stores. But you can also make cardamom powder at home.

Steps for Bhang Recipe:

It is very simple to prepare the bhang Thandai for Holi at home. It gets ready within minutes. Follow the steps below to make the Bhang.


Boil the Milk:

  • Take a saucepan and place it on the stove.
  • Add 1 litre in the saucepan and turn on the flame.
  • Boil the milk until it gets well boiled.
  • Now, turn off the flame of the stove.
  • Let it cool down to normal temperature.
  • Keep the boiled milk aside for a while.

Soak the ingredients:

  • Now, take a large sized bowl.
  • Add 2 cups of water in the bowl.
  • Soak ½ tbsp. Aniseeds and 1 tbsp. Almonds.
  • Also, add 1 tbsp. Watermelon seeds to soak.
  • Mix 10 tbsp. bhang seed powder in this bowl.
  • Then add ¼ cup of chopped Rose petals.
  • Keep these ingredients to soak together.
  • Let them soak for around 1 hour.

Make Smooth Paste:

  • After 1 hour, take the soaked ingredients.
  • Strain these soaked ingredients properly.
  • Add them into a mixer-grinder jar.
  • Grind them until you get a smooth paste.

Make the Bhang Thandai:

  • Now, take a clean large bowl.
  • Line this bowl with a muslin cloth.
  • Transfer the smooth paste into the muslin cloth.
  • Add some remaining water and strain the paste.
  • Collect the strained liquid into this bowl.
  • Then add ½ cup sugar in this bowl of liquid.
  • Add 10 units of kali Mirch (peppercorns) in the liquid.
  • Also, add ½ tsp. Elaichi powder (cardamom powder) in the liquid.
  • Also, add a few saffron strands and mix everything very well.
  • Then blend this liquid mixture with the boiled milk.
  • Take a spoon and gently stir the prepared bhang Thandai.
  • Now, transfer the liquid into serving glass.
  • Add few ice-cubes into the Bhang Thandai to make it chilled.
  • Serve Bhang Thandai Immediately.

And the Bhang Thandai is ready!

Note: You must strain the liquid properly before mixing it with the milk.

Additional Information:

  • Calories: 124 calories
  • Total Time: PT15M
  • Serves: 3
  • Date Published:

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The Bhang Thandai is the beverage which is prepared from the milk and paste dry fruits with cannabis. It can be used for any occasion but when mixed with Bhang it becomes a special drink. The Bhang Thandai is a Holi speciality drink. It is commonly served during Holi, a colour celebration festival of Hindu. This drink is an integral ritual of the traditional customs of the Holi celebrations. It is famously said that Holi is a festival of ‘Rang Aur Bhang ki Masti’.

The Bhang Ki Thandai is the most common beverage prepared for the festival of Holi. The bhang is usually consumed in the Holi and it is generally mixed with the chilled Thandai. This extremely refreshing and reviving drink is the highlight of all the Holi celebrations. Check this simple Bhang Recipe and prepare it for your Holi party at home. This drink is the most important part of the Holi celebration. The festival of Holi remains incomplete without the preparation of this traditional drink.

People generally prefer to drink something chilled after the celebration as they are tired and thirsty. So, what better than to relieve them from the stress with this chilled Thandai infused with the bhang powder? Begin to prepare the Bhang at home with the simple and easy Bhang Recipe. This refreshing drink is made from the combination of various dry fruits. This drink fits perfectly for the parties and celebration. What makes this drink a big hit is the addition of the Bhang powder in it.


This Bhang recipe will make a medium batch of very strong, effective and powerful bhang ki Thandai. So, whenever you are drinking the Thandai infused with the bhang seeds, then be cautious in drinking. You must consume only 1 or maximum 2 glasses of the Bhang Thandai at one time.

The little sip of this drink can make you feel tipsy and little hazy. So, drink the Bhang Thandai carefully and do not overdrink it. Once you have more than your capacity to handle, wait for at least 90 minutes before having another glass.

Before you want to have one more glass of Bhang Thandai, decide whether you can have more or not. To make a little less strong bhang Thandai, you must use very less Bhang Seeds. It would take up to more than 2 hours for the complete effect of Bhang to go away.

Garnishing Ideas:

Garnish the Bhang Thandai with some chopped nuts and saffron strands. Prior to serving, you can also garnish the Bhang Thandai with the rose petals or mint leaves.

Serving Suggestion:

You must make sure that this beverage is chilled enough before you can taste its refreshing flavours. To ensure its chilled enough, you must refrigerate it. Before you can serve it, you must keep it in the fridge for 2 to 3 hours for chilling. It must be chilled and settled before you can enjoy drinking it.

Serve this Holi special drink infused with the bhang powder in the earthen cups or pots. You can also serve your bhang ki Thandai in tall and fancy serving glasses. Serve it cold with some chopped cashews or almonds. Add in some ice cubes and serve it extremely chilled.

Quick Tip:
  • To make your Bhang savoury, you can use Garam masala powder.
  • You can also add various other spice powders like ginger powder or fennel powder.
  • Always use the warm milk for making the Bhang.
  • Instead of Sugar, you can add honey.
  • You can also use pistachios to make your Bhang Ki Thandai.
  • You can make Bhang at home with Bhang leaves as well.
  • You may add a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg powder as well.

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