Betel leaves has got many medicinal properties and is used for last 2000 years in south east Asian countries. They helps in curing respiratory disorders like bad breath and cough, they also help during headaches and constipation and also have diuretic properties. Betal leaves are known for their aromatic stimulant properties also.Paan or betel leaves are usually served at the end of an Indian meal and ceremonies such as weddings, receptions etc. Paan can be bought in nearly every street corner in India. They are believed to help in digestion of curried foods and also act as mouth fresheners.While Paan has symbolic value at ceremonies and cultural events , on a day to day basis it is used as a palate cleanser and mouth freshener after a meal and offered to guests and visitors as a sign of hospitality.
Paan or Betel is such a common and much adored after dinner mouth freshener and digestive in India.. Paan have its unique place in our culture. One can see small paan stalls selling basic paan ,Kolkatta paan, Banarasi Paan etc…There are all sorts of special paan available these days, gold, silver, chocolate and some wedding pans that can make a hole in your pocket.
There are different varieties of paan which is popular across India and some of them are :Maghai paan, Saada Paan, Meetha Paan, Banarasi paan, Silver Paan, Gold Paan, Rasmalai Paan, Chocolate paan, Bangla Paan, Tanbaku Paan, Misti Paan, Jagannath Paan, Kalkatti Paan.
One of the most joyful and beautiful festivals to be celebrated in India is Diwali, the festival of lights. The very word Diwali conjures up the image of winking lights and flickering diyas. Not to forget the gorgeous array of sparkling colors emitted by the firecrackers that seems to awaken the night sky. This is a time when we share happiness, joy with our friends and relatives. In India , any festival is associated with celebration and food which goes hand in hand. Food is an integral part of celebration of Diwali which symbolizes victory of good over evil. During this coming Diwali, we the Bloggers at Foodie Monday Bloghop decided to bring forward traditional Diwali sweets made in homes across India.
Coconut Ladoos are one of the sweets that can very easily be made for any festival. These can be made using fresh coconut or desiccated coconut.I have given This simple coconut ladoo which can be made instantly with two ingredients only i,e, condensed milk and desiccated coconut has been given a wonderful twist with the addition of Paan in it. This can be made instantly and can be relished any time of the year.