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Homemade Sweet Paan/Sweet Betel Leaf


Even with the great influence of western lifestyle some Indian cultures and values are inseparable from us. Rush to a pizza hut or fast food centers or star hotels or even your home cooked food you will always end your day visiting the neighboring local paan shop 😊. 

Homemade Sweet Paan/Sweet Betel Leaf



Mouthwatering mouth freshener sweet betel leaf / sweet paan is the real Indian taste giving a great satisfaction to our tummy and yummy tongue. Available in different flavors in different parts of our country it is also a way of expressing hospitality to our guests.

Betel leaves are not just mouth freshener, they are rich source of calcium widely grown and consumed in Hindu history. Even today in brahmin communities it is a practice to gift bundles of fresh betel leaves for new moms post pregnancy as a calcium tonic. Also, these leaves are a symbol of wealth and progress without which any traditional occasion is an incomplete.

Homemade Sweet Paan/Sweet Betel Leaf


Now coming back to the recipe of sweet paan, even though paan shops are reachable at every street looking into the hygiene point I decided to make my own sweet paan.

Ingredients:

Fresh betel leaves
Gulkand
Tutti frutti
Sweetened saunf/fennel seeds
Betel nut
Cardamom powder
Cloves

Homemade Sweet Paan/Sweet Betel Leaf


Recipe:

Clean dry freshly plucked betel leaves and cut of the stem from it.

Homemade Sweet Paan/Sweet Betel Leaf

Drop a lump of gulkand depending upon how sweet you require. I usually prefer Patanjali gulkand.

Homemade Sweet Paan/Sweet Betel Leaf

Now add sweetened fennel seeds, betel nuts , tutti frutti and cardamom powder.

Homemade Sweet Paan/Sweet Betel Leaf

You can use two leaves if the leaves are too small. Also an rose petal rolled within.

Homemade Sweet Paan/Sweet Betel Leaf


Wrap them neatly in a cone shape and lock it with a clove.

Homemade Sweet Paan/Sweet Betel Leaf

Relish this Indian mouth freshener sweet paan after your lunch.

Homemade Sweet Paan/Sweet Betel Leaf


Note:

You can even add the edible chuna/calcium paste.
The local paan shops include sweetened coconut flakes in the paan. You can add them too. But if the coconut flakes are not fresh they release pungent smelling oil while chewing and this ends me the whole fun of sweet paan.

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