Paan (Betel Leaf Chew) Ice Cream Recipe

Updated on November 1, 2018
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Paan Ice cream
Paan Ice cream | Source

What Is Paan?

Paan is a traditional Indian digestive aid and mouth freshener that has been consumed after meals since olden times. It can also be eaten any time of day, not only after meals. It is readily available at paan shops in every town and city in India.

Today there are several kinds of paan available, which can be divided into two basic types:

  • Meetha paan, or sweet paan
  • Sada paan, or unsweetened paan

Within each of these two basic categories, there are various subtypes, the majority of which belong to the first category.

All paan contains the following basic ingredients: paan ka patta (betel leaf), katha (catechu paste), supari (areca nut), and choona (slaked lime paste).

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Betel leaveshere are all the sweet paan ingredientspaan being preparedbetel leaves with the paan ingredients.each betel leaf will be folded to make a paanpaan being served coated with silver foil
Betel leaves
Betel leaves | Source
here are all the sweet paan ingredients
here are all the sweet paan ingredients | Source
paan being prepared
paan being prepared | Source
betel leaves with the paan ingredients.each betel leaf will be folded to make a paan
betel leaves with the paan ingredients.each betel leaf will be folded to make a paan | Source
paan being served coated with silver foil
paan being served coated with silver foil | Source

About Paan Ice Cream

To make paan ice cream, we will use sweet paan. In this recipe, I have shown all the ingredients separately, so that you can know which ingredients are used in preparing paan and its ice cream. You may add or remove any ingredient you like, although this combination will yield a very flavorful and refreshing ice cream.

To make it easier, you can buy ready-made meetha paan; ask the paanwala not to apply the lime and katechu paste on it just putting the ingredients mentioned in this recipe in the paan. You can then cut the whole paan into pieces and then grind it to a paste.

Lime and katechu may split the cream and milk, and hence it is not used in the paan used to prepare this ice cream.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: serves 6-8 people

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup condensed milk
  • 1.5 cups malai (fresh cream)
  • 100 ml full-fat milk
  • 4 meetha paan patta (betel leaves meant for making sweet paan), buy the dark green leaves meant for sweet paan
  • 4 cardamoms, remove the seeds and discard the skins
  • 2 tbsp gulkand (rose petal jam)
  • 2 tbsp meethi saunf (sweetened fennel seeds)
  • 2 tbsp meethi supari (sweetened chopped dried dates)
  • 2 tbsp red lacha supari (sweetened & flavored fine strips of areca nut)
  • 1/2 tsp khushboo (peppermint or menthol powder)

Instructions

  1. Keep the fresh cream bowl over a bed of ice cubes and whip with a hand mixer until it forms soft peaks.
  2. Add the condensed milk to it and mix until it combines well with the fresh cream. Keep aside.
  3. Cut the betel leaves into thin strips.
  4. To a grinder add the betel strips, cardamom seeds, gulkand, meethi saunf, meethi supari, red lacha and khushboo. Add a little milk and pulse a few times to grind it coarsely. Add the milk and grind to a fine paste.
  5. Add the fine paste to the cream and condensed milk mixture and stir it until it disperses evenly in the mixture.
  6. Pour the ice cream mixture in an airtight container and keep in the freezer for 6-8 hours or until it is firm.
  7. Paan ice cream is ready. Scoop out and serve.

Paan (Betel Leaf Chew) Ice Cream Recipe

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      • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        9 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        I hope they do. You will certainly like it. Thank you manatita.

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        manatita44 

        10 months ago from london

        I think that I will ask for this dessert in Southall. They probably have it. Mouth-watering!

      • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        10 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        Linda, good to know you like to explore recipes with ingredients unknown to you. This is an ice cream you will love if you can lay your hands on it. Thank you for stopping by and leaving appreciative comments.

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        10 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        Peggy from the pictures in the recipe, and the video, you must have had a fair idea of paan and its ingredients. The flavors of all these ingredients really come through in this ice cream. Thank you for appreciating the recipe.

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        Linda Crampton 

        10 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

        I love exploring recipes containing ingredients that I've never heard of or used before. I love ice cream, too! Your recipe sounds very interesting.

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        Peggy Woods 

        10 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Some of these ingredients seem very exotic to me. I have heard of betel leaves but have never tasted them. This sounds like it would be a well flavored ice cream. I learn so much by reading your recipes.

      • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        10 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        Audrey, I'm glad you like the recipe. I hope you can try it. Thank you.

      • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        10 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        I did see a lot of Indian stores and a paan shop too in Artesia, L.A. If you are anywhere near this place you should be able to get it, Doris. I am certain you will like this ice cream. Thank you.

      • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        10 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        Thank you, Bill.

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        Audrey Hunt 

        10 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Oh, yummy. This recipe looks delicious. I've been wanting something different for dessert and this is perfect. Thank you for sharing.

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        Doris James MizBejabbers 

        10 months ago from Beautiful South

        I'm all for ice cream, any flavor. Where can these ingredients (those exotic to us) be bought in the U.S.A.?

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        Bill Holland 

        10 months ago from Olympia, WA

        This article contains two words which are sure to entice me....ice cream! :)

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