KATHA & CHUNA

Aaiye Janab, Paan To Khaiye!

July 24, 2017

 

 

If you make it, they will come!

 

 

The line above unabashedly borrows its pun from the Hollywood classic Field of Dreams, but still holds its weight when you see people, particularly Americans trying it for the first time. Therefore, instead of combating summer heat with juices and limes, try something new like Paan!

 

 

Types of Paan

 

The widely popular types are:

 

  • Saada Paan

  • Meetha Paan

  • Banarasi Paan

  • Maghai Paan

  • Silver Paan

  • Chocolate Paan

  • Laddoo Paan

 

 

Banarasi Paan is the most popular type as lyrically personified by Mr. Amitabh Bachchan when he danced to the Paan-themed song “Khaike Paan Banaraswala - Khul Jaaye Bandh Akkal Ka Tala" the evergreen tune forever to be associated with the sweet, minty taste of a Paan.

 

It is interesting to note that Paan has several other names such as Beeda in Hindi, Thambulum in Tamil, Killiin Telugu, Thambula in Kannada and Sireh in Malayalam. Moreover, Indian cities such as Lucknow, Banaras, Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Patna and many more cities from Gujarat, Northan India, Eastern India and Southern India are known for their ages old Paan flavors, varieties and fan-following.

 

 

If nothing above convinces you to try this natural chewing gum, then I am sure the medicinal benefits of betel leaf would at least bring you close to this Piperaceae flowering plant family.

 

 

  • Betel leaf is a fantastic pain-reliever that offers instant relief from pain caused by cuts, rashes, bruises and inflammation.

  • Betel leaf is amazing for digestion due to its intestinal, carminative, anti-flatulent and gastroprotective properties which makes chewing it after a meal a popular practice.

  • Betel leaf restores the normal pH levels of your stomach by flushing out all the pollutants and also increases your appetite.

  • The betel leaf keeps your breath fresh and protects your gums against germs, and bacteria.

  • Mixing crushed betel leaves with salt helps relieving pain from toothache.

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