Mango Bong Lassi
In India, bhang lassi is a ceremonial drink, a cannabis concoction purported to be a favourite of Shiva, god of creation and destruction and major cannabis aficionado.
The traditional preparation involves grinding fresh cannabis leaves and flowers in a mortar and pestle, then steeping the resulting paste in warm milk or yogurt and aromatic spices.
Since fresh leaves are hard to come by legally in Canada, our version uses dried flower, or bud, infused into a versatile magic milk, which is then blended with fresh mango and, if you like, cardamom seeds. Made to directions, this recipe is fairly lightly dosed – to achieve a more traditional effect, replace the regular milk with more magic milk.
We can’t promise you’ll reach spiritual nirvana with our cheekily spelled alternative, but we can guarantee it will take your taste buds somewhere special.
Recipe by Chef Ronnie Fishman, words by Devon Scoble.
½ cup yogurt
3 medium mangoes, sliced and peeled
4 tbsp milk
4 tbsp cannabis-infused magic milk
½ cup ice
½ tbsp cardamom seeds (optional)
Garnish: roasted, shelled pistachios and edible flowers (optional)
Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend for 2 minutes, then pour into a glass, garnish and serve. The lassi can be kept refrigerated for up to 24 hours.
Chef notes: try a pinch of salt – it’s delicious!