Bhang Lassi

Kasa Indian Eatery - Shiva drinking Kasa bhang lassi

Serving the community is one of the key values on our Heart of Kasa value, and April means two things in the San Francisco community – taxes and 4/20! See out Bhang Lassi recipe below!

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I detest dealing with taxes.  But 4.20 has a special place in my heart, being Indian and drawn to the mythical stories of Lord Shiva loving weed.

Here in San Francisco, I’m curious to see how the recent legalization of marijuana affects our city.

What fascinates me even more is an interesting reversal of the tide. Until the 1980s, marijuana was legal in India. India tried hard for 25 years to resist pressure from Western countries to ban the plant.  The Indian government explained that their pragmatic approach of banning hard drugs like opium made sense, but marijuana shouldn’t be included in the same category.  In 1985, they finally succumbed to the international pressure and banned cannabis.

Almost overnight, the entire trade shifted from peddling grass to smack or worse. While the risk to drug dealers was the same, profits from the harder drugs were so much higher. And suddenly, there was a drug problem in India where mostly poor people who previously smoked marijuana got addicted to heroin.

In 2017, we find ourselves in the reverse situation.  US cities are legalizing marijuana whilst India is resisting. Being India though, there’s always a loophole. The seeds and leaves are not illegal and so the consumption of Bhang (a lassi made with cannabis seeds and plants) is consumed in mass on the festival of Holi to celebrate.

Below is a bhang lassi recipe straight from my cousin and her husband
in India.  Enjoy!

Bhang Lassi Recipe

Shiva drinking Kasa bhang lassi
Ingredients: 

1-1/2 cup water
2-1/2 cups warm milk
3 tbsp blanched and chopped almonds
1/4 tbsp poppy seeds
1/4 tsp cardamom powder
1 tsp rosewater
1/8 tsp ginger powder
1/8 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2-3/4 cup honey
15 gms cannabis leaves and buds (this is banned at many places and available in limited stores, one may not use this ingredient)


Method:

  • Clean the cannabis leaves and buds by removing any stick and seeds and wash
  • In a pot, boil the water
  • Add all the ingredients, except sugar and milk
  • Let it boil on slow flame for 15 minutes
  • Strain and keep aside the liquid
  • Grind the solid left over part in a stone grinder by adding 1-2 tbsp warm milk
  • Press through muslin extracting the liquid into vessel
  • Repeat the previous two steps till 1 cup milk is used and the residue becomes dry.
  • The extracted milk should be smooth
  • Mix the extracted milk and boiled water which was kept aside
  • Add remaining milk and sugar
  • Chill for 2-3 hours and serve!

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