Sunday, April 15, 2018

Paan Shooters

Paan Shooters

Ever since I've discovered the joy of eating betel leaves (paan) in exciting ways, there's no end to my experimenting. Right from Chocolate Paan with healthy ingredients and Chocolate Paan Bites to now Paan Shots, the list is growing. 
This one is great as just a cool, refreshing summer drink, an appetizer or a sweet ending to a meal. Any way, it satisfies my sweet cravings. My friends just love the different creations with paan. Finally, we've all found a healthy solution for our sweet cravings. While Paan Shooters are non-alcoholic, you can add a dash of vodka to make it an exciting apertif. Enjoy your drink.

Betel Leaves (Calcutta dark green lotus shaped variety) – 4
Paan masala – 2 tbsp (heaped)
Gulkhand – 3 tsp
Cloves – 2
Fennel seeds (saunf) – 2 tbsp
Ice cubes 20
Water – ½ to ¾ cup (depending on consistency required)
Vanilla ice cream – 2 scoops (can add more according to taste)

Grind all ingredients in a mixie adding water as required
Strain the mixture
Add ice cream and more ice cubes and water and give a final blend
Serve chilled before or after meals

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

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