How to make Bhang Ki Thandai

Bhang Ki Thandai in a glass with bowls of spices, cup of oil and cannabis leaves

Bhang Ki Thandai is a well known beverage in India and Bangladesh. It is made of milk and cannabis paste. Grab your ingredients and follow the 6 steps in this recipe to taste your own, homemade, Bhang Ki Thandai.

About Bhang Ki Thandai

Bhang Ki Thandai is a drink made with milk and cannabis paste, and is consumed for the annual festival of Shiva, “Lord of Bhang”, primarily in India and Bangladesh. Bhang is an umbrella term for various cannabis preparations, including bhang golis (balls of cannabis paste and water), although most are in the form of a drink.

Bhang Ki Thandai in a metal cup and spoon beside

Where is bhang usually consumed?

The heartland of bhang consumption is arguably Varanasi, the holiest of the seven holy cities, which is situated in Uttar Pradesh along the banks of the River Ganges. Elsewhere, consumption of bhang is highest in the Bengal region, which is divided between the Indian state of West Bengal and the nation of Bangladesh.

Although cannabis is technically illegal in India, the laws are rarely enforced and consumption is usually tolerated. In Bangladesh there are no laws relating to cannabis, rendering it effectively legal.

Although bhang is deeply associated with the worship of the Hindu deva Shiva, its use at religious festivals is widespread, and it has become synonymous with the Holi festival in particular. This festival, usually celebrated in February or March, is associated with various gods, although particularly Krishna, and is fundamentally a festival of colours. As well as Holi, bhang is often consumed during Vaisakhi, the Hindu New Year, and Maha Shivaratri, the annual festival to Shiva.

Production of bhang

Throughout India and Bangladesh, it is common to observe men preparing bhang in the traditional way, usually seated upon the ghats or steps that lead down to the banks of streams or rivers. To make basic bhang cannabis paste, the fresh leaves and flowers are pounded to a thick green paste using a pestle and mortar, with the addition of a small amount of water if necessary to render it entirely liquid.

This paste can be used to make bhang halva, by adding ghee and sugar, bhang golis, the afore-mentioned cannabis-paste balls, and various types of beverage. For Bhang Ki Thandai, the paste is added to a thandai preparation: thandai (also known as sardai) is a blend of milk, sugar, and various spices including saffron, cardamom, fennel, pepper and vetiver.

Tools & ingredients

  • Clean work surface
  • Good-sized plastic or ceramic mixing bowl
  • Pestle and mortar
  • Fine straining material such as muslin (cheesecloth)
  • 400ml water
  • 15-25g fresh female cannabis leaves and flowers
  • 800ml milk
  • ¼ tsp each: garam masala, ginger, fennel
  • ½ tsp aniseed, cardamom powder
  • 200g sugar
  • Rose petals, mint leaves, chopped almonds to garnish
  • Recipe Yield (Servings)

    • 8


The six steps to make Bhang

  1. Grind all the dry ingredients to powder using the pestle and mortar and set aside
  2. Pound the fresh cannabis to a pulp and add to the bowl along with the water and sugar
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl and set aside for two hours
  4. Strain the mixture using fine muslin, until the residue is dry to the touch
  5. Add milk to the extracted liquid, and chill until ready to serve
  6. Prior to serving, garnish with chopped nuts, rose petals or mint leaves

This recipe should yield around 8 glasses of bhang ki thandai. If desired, the method and quantities used can be modified to obtain the best results.

Serve your bhang ki thandai in tall glasses, making sure that is it well-chilled, and be sure to exercise caution as the effect can vary greatly according to the potency of the cannabis used, the tolerance of the individual and various other factors.


20 thoughts on “How to make Bhang Ki Thandai”

  1. you don’t heat it at all so the thca will not be decarboxalized into the and you will not get high. As another noted maybe using a stone mortar and pestle will create some conversion by some of the heat and pressure but I haven’t seen that confirmed by anyone and if so probably not as much as you would want to get the most out of your $. A heat step should be applied, simmering for an hour does most of the conversion or lower temps for longer say 180 f for about 8 hours

    1. Scarlet Palmer - Sensi Seeds

      Hi Ash,

      Thank you for commenting. According to this recipe, “… should yield around 8 glasses of bhang ki thandai. If desired, the method and quantities used can be modified to obtain the best results.” If you follow this recipe, you should end up with about 1.5 litres, or 50 fluid ounces, of Bhang Ki Thandai.

      With best wishes,


  2. the GRINDING TO PASTE by stone and pestle most important step in the process if you turn to paste by mixer or grinder its simply a waste seems maybe tc not activated by that way.

    you can get in west bengal in a puja item shop also called dasakarma bhandar.ask for
    “khaoar siddhi”.u get dried leaves of cannabis then as usual as mentioned in post soak in water atleast 1-2 hrs then paste with sweets or sugar yields pretty good result.
    u can drink the cannabis-sweet(sugar or any sweets and pls add a lot sweets ) paste with water too.
    always remember to make a thorough and very good takes time and a bit stressful to your hands but believe me its worth it.


  3. Great idea. Just curious how you activated the THC for it? Is it through the simmering on the stovetop?

    1. Volevo sapere solamente una cosa: da diversi anni il sottoscritto con molto piacere guarda tutti i film di “Pier Paolo Pasolini”:
      1961 Accattone; 1962 Mamma Roma;
      1966 Uccellacci Uccellini; 1971 Il Decameron; ho preso a fare i lavori a casa quindi per il momento non posso portare a termine la lettura del libro “L’odore dell’India” di Pier Paolo Pasolini, ma nel 2023 per andare in India che prassi bisogna seguire? Saluti Paolo

  4. hi I want use a ‘coffee grinder’ just to make it easier to mix to to smoke? dose it lose any strength?


    1. Singh Sardar

      First, I would suggest you get a vaporizer as it is safer, healthier & more potent.

      Also with the coffee grinder method, you would lose the resin which is a large part of the strength. If you collect it & use later no problem,

      1. well what if the vapourizer blows up … like i alredy blew two ……..

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