Sunday, April 9, 2017

Paan (Betel Leaf) for the soul

Paan (Betel Leaf) for the soul

Betel leaf is one of the healthiest things around but has earned a bad rep because what it has evolved into over the years. Here’s looking at healthy ways of eating this leaf as an appetizer or a dessert. But first, let’s go through some of its health benefits:

Health Benefits of Betel Leaf
Calcium rich
Contains Vitamins A, C, B1, B2 and B3
Improves appetite
Improves digestion
Reduces acidity
Has a component that reduces blood sugar
Said to increase metabolism
Helps in weight loss
Mouth freshener
Good for oral health

Note: You can substitute betel leaves with spinach leaf for children

Recipes for paan

Papaya Surprise
Toasted sesame seeds
Roasted peanuts
Carrot powder
Green Papaya stir-fry

Health Benefits
Toasted sesame seeds – vitamins, minerals, restful sleep
Roasted peanuts – good fats
Carrot powder - fibre
Green Papaya - digestive

Nutty Delight
Mixed nuts
Dried cranberries
Grated carrot in honey
Raw sugar

Health Benefits
Mixed nuts – Heart healthy Omega-3
Raisins - fibre
Dried cranberries - antioxidants
Grated carrot in honey – Vitamin A, reduces gastro-intestinal disorders
Raw sugar – instant energy

Chocolate Love
Pumpkin seeds
Grated carrot in liquid jaggery
Chocolate sauce

Health Benefits
Pumpkin seeds – Heart healthy Omega-3, restful sleep
Flaxseeds – Heart healthy Omega-3
Grated carrot in liquid jaggery - Vitamin A, Iron
Chocolate sauce – lowers blood pressure

Appetizer Paan
Tahini paste
Date and tamarind chutney
Finely cut tomatoes
Finely cut onions
Finely cut green chilies
Toasted sesame seeds

Health Benefits
Tahini paste - vitamins, minerals, restful sleep
Date and tamarind chutney - digestive
Finely cut tomatoes – vitamin C
Finely cut onions – Regulates blood sugar
Finely cut green chilies – mood enhancer
Pomegranates - Antioxidants
Toasted sesame seeds - vitamins, minerals, restful sleep

Tahini Paste
Sesame seeds – 4 tbsp
Til oil – ½ tsp
Salt – a pinch
Warm water
Dry grind the sesame seeds with salt and oil
Slowly add water and run the mixie to get a smooth paste

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