The summer season is upon us, and we are already hating the harsh afternoons that leave us drenched in sweat. This is the time when we feel particularly drained and dehydrated, and want to chill our systems with sweetened drinks. But steer clear of them as they are high in sugar and contain empty calories. That’s why we are here to recommend this super amazing ‘paan shots’ recipe by Dr Dixa Bhavsar Savaliya that will not just cool you down, but will also give you health benefits. Excited to know more? But before that, let’s know a little more about betel leaf or paan health benefits.
From using it as part of religious ceremonies to eating it in the form of a ‘paan’, betel leaves have been in use by Indians for ages. Ayurveda has mentioned many curative and healing health benefits of betel leaves.
In her recent Instagram post, Savaliya writes, “It is widely used in the treatment of cough, asthma, headache, rhinitis, arthritic joint pain, anorexia, etc. It relieves pain, inflammation and swelling. It is best used in kapha disorders.”
The leaves are packed with vitamins like vitamin C, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin and carotene, and are also a great source of calcium. Since betel is an aromatic creeper, you can easily grow it as an ornamental plant in your home and derive the maximum health benefits from the same. It also helps to increase pitta dosha and balances kapha and vata dosha.
“Paan is hot in nature but paan shots are cooling, as they contain gulkand, coconut and fennel seeds. So, sip on these paan shots and keep summer heat at bay,” says Dr Savaliya.
The ingredients you need:
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4 paan (betel leaves), torn into small pieces
4 tsp gulkand
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp grated coconut
1 tbsp rock sugar/misri (optional)
1/4th cup water
1. First of all add the pieces of paan in the mixer.
2. Add all other ingredients except water and blend them for a few seconds.
3. Next, add water and blend until smooth.
4. Your paan shots are ready.
Check out how the paan shot looks, right here!
So, do try out this refreshing beverage and beat the scorching summer heat! Because why should you deprive yourself of options that strike the perfect balance between taste and health?