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Paan (Betel Leaf Chew) Ice Cream Recipe

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Paan Ice cream

Paan Ice cream

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

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 and put only 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 timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

25 min

35 min

6-8 servings

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 tablespoons gulkand (rose petal jam)
  • 2 tablespoons meethi saunf (sweetened fennel seeds)
  • 2 tablespoons meethi supari (sweetened chopped dried dates)
  • 2 tablespoons red lacha supari (sweetened & flavored fine strips of areca nut)
  • 1/2 teaspoon khushboo (peppermint or menthol powder)

Instructions

  1. Place the bowl of fresh cream over a bed of ice and whip with a hand mixer until it forms soft peaks.
  2. Add the condensed milk and mix until it combines well with the fresh cream. Set aside.
  3. Cut the betel leaves into thin strips.
  4. To a blender or 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, then add the remaining milk and grind to a fine paste.
  5. Add this fine paste to the cream and condensed milk mixture and stir it until it is fully combined.
  6. Pour this mixture into an airtight container and place it in the freezer for 6-8 hours or until it is firm.
  7. Your paan ice cream is ready. Scoop and serve.

Paan (Betel Leaf Chew) Ice Cream Recipe

© 2018 Rajan Singh Jolly

Comments

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 22, 2018:

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

manatita44 from london on October 22, 2018:

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

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 21, 2018:

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.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 21, 2018:

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.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 20, 2018:

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.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 20, 2018:

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 Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 20, 2018:

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

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 20, 2018:

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 Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 20, 2018:

Thank you, Bill.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on October 19, 2018:

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

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on October 19, 2018:

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

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 19, 2018:

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