I was wondering about what to do with all the left over vethalai (betel leaves) after the festival season. Then, I remembered having paan shot as a post-meal complementary drink in a few restaurants. I thought of giving it a shot… yes, a shot, literally and figuratively! So I did, and what a hit it was!
I have tried this a few times since, and it’s been a winner all through…. I was initially sceptical about giving betel leaves to kids, but I googled and read about the benefits of betel leaves, and guess what? It’s not all that bad. I have discussed this in ‘Know Your Ingredients’ section. Of course, our previous generation always vouches for its medicinal properties, so here’s something that can please the young and old alike.
I hope you would try this easy-peasy recipe and enjoy the healthy drink.
Betel leaves – 7-10 numbers
Gulkhand* – 2 teaspoons
Saunf – 1 teaspoon
Milk – 100 ml
*Gulkhand can be replaced with honey or sugar
Tear the leaves into pieces, add other ingredients and blend till you get a smooth paste. If necessary, add extra milk and strain. Refrigerate and enjoy!
Know Your Ingredient
Paan (Betel leaves)
Betel leaf is well known for its medicinal properties. It contains vitamins such as Vitamin C, Thiamine, Niacin, Riboflavin and Carotene. It is also a good source of Calcium.
The juice of the leaf is used as a cure for the common cold/cough. It is even used for treating indigestion and colic pain in infants. Mixing the juice of betel leaves with warm water and gargling relieves sore throat.
|How to Buy||Select the moderately tender leaves for maximum benefit. The fully mature leaves might be low on medicinal properties.|
|Storage||Wash the leaves, dry them with a soft cloth and refrigerate in zip lock bags. They can be stored for a week.|