Z - Zafrani Meetha Paan

Zafrani Meetha Paan is a saffron flavored sweet paan . Paan is an intoxicant, acts as an antiseptic, a digestive aid and a mouth freshener, especially after a heavy and spicy lunch or dinner.

Chewing Betel Leaf is a tradition & a symbol of Indian hospitality which dates back even prior to 5000 years .Be it a wedding function, a worship occasion, or any other small or big get together, paan is the finale to any Indian menu.

The Paan is popular both in North and South India.In north India, there is a tradition to chew paan after Deewali puja for blessings. It is a tradition in South Indian culture especially in the region called as ‘Old Mysore’ to give two betel leaves, areca nuts i.e. Supari (pieces or whole) and Coconut to the guests  at any auspicious occasion.

We are at the alphabet Z today and the final post under Explore your Flavors with Street Foods from India as my theme. I felt the Zafrani Meetha Paan was the perfect finale to this marathon . We have been enjoying Street Foods from the different cities of India and Paan is a finale to any meal . Paans are most popular in Lucknow, though they are available in all states .While searching for Zafrani Paan I read about Azhar Bhai of Lucknow.

Azhar bhai of Lucknow makes a variety of paans.
Here is what a FB Page of Lucknow says-

The various paan ka patta used by him are desi paan, disauri paan, mahauba paan, banarsi paan. Various varieties of paan available at his shop are pistai paan, badami paan, zafrani paan, saunfiya paan, pethe ka paan, aonle ka paan, begum pasand, wajid ali shah ki shahi gillauri, haazme ka paan, seene me dard ka paan, khattha meetha paan, shahi meetha paan, palang tod paan.

After reading about Azhar Bhai paan wala of Lucknow I tried searching what exactly went in the Zafrani Paan that he prepares , but I could not get any clue on it . While speaking to a cousin in Lucknow , I assumed it was a tobacco paan . Nevertheless I made my own version of this paan .

I did not use the regular kattha and lime which is normally used on the betel leaf . Instead I used a saffron based sugar syrup to spread on the leaf . I did use the store bought saffron chutney which is very cooling . I added home made Gulkand which is made from fresh roses and sugar , along with these some tutti fruity , date supari , fennel seeds , desiccated coconut and cardamom . I finally dipped the paan in saffron syrup and desiccated coconut .

The paan has a strong aroma of saffron , and that is what I was looking for . It tasted divine , perhaps this is not a traditional paan but this is my version of the Zafrani Paan .I had made a chocolate paan in one of the previous marathons and it had turned out absolutely sinful. Do check it .

Zafrani Meetha Paan

 

Zafrani Meetha Paan

Ingredients

Betel leaves
Kesar syrup
Thandai kesar chutney
Gulkand
Tutti fruity
Date supari
Salli supari
Cardamom
Fennel seeds
Dry coconut
Glazed cherry

Method

Take a betel leaf and remove it’s stalk .
Spread a layer of thick kesar syrup.
Now spread a thin layer of chutney .
Make a cone out of betel leaf .
Fill in the suparis , tutti fruity ,cardamom, fennel seeds and dry coconut .
(all the above ingredients are added according to personal taste, however you could add just about 1/4 tsp of each )
Fold the cone and secure it with a glazed cherry and toothpick .
Dip the paan into saffron syrup and then into dry coconut .
Enjoy !

Zafrani Meetha Paan

 

Here is what I have been posting under Explore the Flavors

A – Agre ka Bhalla

B – Bhungra Bateta

C – Chole Chawal

D – Dahi Wada Aaloo Dum

E – Elaichi wali Chai

F – Fariyali Sabudana Khichadi

G – Garadu Chat

H – Halwa Nagori Poori Sabzi

I – Ice Dabeli

J – Jamun Kulfi

K – Kutchi Bread Channa

L – Laiya Bhel

M – Matra Kulcha

N – Nadir Monje

O – Onion Samosas

P – Pav Pattice

Q – Qubani ka Meetha

R – Ratalu ki Puri

S – Surati Paratha

T – Tameta na Bhajia

U – Undhiyu Chapadi

V – Vanela Ganthiya

W – Water Melon Shake

X – Xtra Special Gol Gappe

Y – Yellow Dhokla with Cheese

This is the finale post under Indian Street Foods, hope you all enjoyed this virtual street journey with me. I must thank Valli for the amazing theme, I have really enjoyed re creating this street food.Thanks to all my viewers who have been generous with their comments and likes.I shall be doing a recap of these posts so you can view them all in one place, so stay tuned in.

Print Recipe
Zafrani Meetha Paan
Zafrani Meetha Paan is a saffron flavored sweet paan . Paan is an intoxicant, acts as an antiseptic, a digestive aid and a mouth freshener, especially after a heavy and spicy lunch or dinner.
Instructions
  1. Take a betel leaf and remove it’s stalk .
  2. Spread a layer of thick kesar syrup.
  3. Now spread a thin layer of chutney .
  4. Make a cone out of betel leaf .
  5. Fill in the suparis , tutti fruity ,cardamom, fennel seeds and dry coconut .
  6. (all the above ingredients are added according to personal taste, however you could add just about 1/4 tsp of each )
  7. Fold the cone and secure it with a glazed cherry and toothpick .
  8. Dip the paan into saffron syrup and then into dry coconut .
  9. Enjoy !
Recipe Notes

14 thoughts on “Z – Zafrani Meetha Paan”

  1. I always love to make these sort of meetha pan at home, unfortunately i dont have any idea about the ingredients go inside the meetha pan. Thanks for this fabulous post Vaishali, now i have to hunt for the ingredients. Zafrani meetha pan looks ultimate.

    You never failed to amaze us with your beautiful dishes, and these 26 unique street foods are simply awesome, loved going through those post and devoured them virtually as well.

    1. Thanks Priya , if you want to make a basic paan at home it is simple , all you need is a betel leaf. Rest of the stuff can be found in your pantry .
      Fennel seeds
      Cardamom
      Tutti fruity
      Desiccated coconut
      Gulkand ( rose preserve)
      If you add these to the betel leaf , you will get a good paan which might not be as good as the street paan but definitely a good , delicious paan .
      Hope this helps .

  2. Wow, paan post for the letter “Z”, what a apt way to finish off your mega marathon with paan. I have seen many paan stalls in Bangalore, but haven’t tried any one of those so far, it sounds so flavorful and delicious. Just like Priya said, i have no idea what are the ingredients used in making paan, such a useful and informative post. I really enjoyed reading your all 26 street foods , it’s kind of like virtual street food tour !!! Kudos !!!

  3. I just had this on Sunday night after a dinner outside ! It tastes out of the world. Great pick for Z

  4. Wow! What a finale, Vaishali!! Thussi great ho! My husband loves meetha paan and I make the basic meetha paan for him regularly. I shall see if I can lay my hands on the thandai kesari chutney and I am going to try this out for him. I got a recipe from my cousin to make Calcutta paan but those exotic ingredients need a special visit to a paan wala in India. So that will have to wait but this version sounds doable.

    Each post has been a journey into the streets of various cities with your descriptions making it easy on my imaginations.

  5. Perfect way to end the marathon Vaishali. You gave us a complete meal with so many different street food and we are ending the meal with this delicious paan. I’m not a big fan of Meetha paan but your saffron soaked paan sounds exotic and I would definitely try it.

  6. Zafrani paan , the name itself is intriguing Vaishali and I am sure it must have tasted better than the Lucknowi paan. I salute to your passion and incredible research and efforts you put together to make this marathon a huge success. Your recipes are always inspiring and unique.

  7. That is a fabulous finish to the BM Vaishali. In Tamilnadu, paan is pretty simple, but we do have paan stalls where they sell variety of filled sweet paan. This zaffrani paan looks absolutely yum. With all those delicious ingredients in the filling, this must taste divine..

  8. I was wondering who is going to feature paan as street food and you did. No street food venture is complete without some tasty paan. Lovely zafrani meetha paan and I do have a weakness for anything with saffron in it.

  9. This is a fantastic post Vaishali and what a lovely way to end this fabulous series. I enjoyed every post of yours and have bookmarked the whole series…great efforts and stunning clicks…Betal leaves with nuts along with coconut is part of all our south indian poojas and considered very auspicious…fantastic post and thanks for the recipe will surely try it sometime..

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