Thursday, May 10, 2012

Meetha Paan - Betel leaf Mouth Freshener



Meetha Paan is the royal treat at end of the meal at most ceremonies in Indian. Paan or Betel leaf is the perennial evergreen herb with beautiful heart shaped leaf. Meetha paan can be prepared in various ways, loaded with fragnant and flavourful herbs and spices.The common ingredient used in the paan is the Gulkand, a jam made with petals of wild roses. Paan is actually good for digestion besides being used as as mouth freshener.
If you have never tried a Paan. Go try this and I am sure you will never say no to this.



INGREDIENTS
  • Paan(Betel leaves) - 1 no
  • Gulkand - 1 tsp(Store brought)
  • Mukhwaas - 1 tsp
  • Sweetened coconut flakes - 1/2 tsp
  • Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp 
  • Glazed cherries - few, To garnish
  • Toothpick - few, To seal





PREPARATION
  • Wash  and pat dry the betel them using kitchen towel.Fold the leaf and slit the backside hard stalk of the paan leaf through out the halfway.
  • At this point, you can spread little lime on the leaf. But I do not prefer to use lime in my way of meetha pan
  • Now roll one edge of the pan to form the cone shape. Like wise also roll the another edge to form a proper cone to keep all the ingredients.
  • Now add gulkand, mukhwas, coconut flakes and pinch of cardamom powder.
  • Close it and place the glazed cherry on top of meetha pan and then insert the toothpick
  • Enjoy Meetha Pan after lunch or dinner.
  • Meetha paan can be stored in the refrigerator for a couple of days by simply wrapping the paan using silver foil 

 NOTES
  • Gulkand can be prepared at home by using home grown wild rose petals. But feel free to use readymade gulkand which is available at every Indian stores.
  • Mukhwaas are also available in Indian stores in lots of varieties(flavours).
  • Paans(Betel leaves) bought from the store can be kept fresh in the refrigerator by wrapping them into paper.



12 comments:

  1. Mmmm...abolutely tempting & irresistable...nice presentation dear..:)
    Tasty Appetite

    ReplyDelete
  2. Nice pan! I haven't tasted the exact north Indian version yet! ;)

    ReplyDelete
  3. perfect one .. feel like having one right now .. awesome presentation and thanks for sharing

    ReplyDelete
  4. Omg, beautiful mouth freshner,feel like having one.

    ReplyDelete
  5. yum ..I wish I can grab few

    ReplyDelete
  6. pass one paan to me please! absolutely irrestible!

    ReplyDelete
  7. superb mouth freshner.... but where to get the ingredients??? can we get in any super market ?

    Dish Name Starts With L
    Learning-to-cook
    Regards,
    Akila

    ReplyDelete
  8. Hello Akila...Thanks for your comments.
    All the ingredients are available at the Indian stores.

    ReplyDelete
  9. nice space....thx for visitg me...i used to have dis wen i was back home...love it after a heavy meal

    ReplyDelete
  10. Looks so good, perfect for entertaining too!!

    ReplyDelete