Combating summer with fruit juices, melons and mangoes is passe. This season, try something new, like the frozen paans which are way cooler. From those inspired by actor Madhuri Dixit, to gold-plated ones, flavours such as blueberry and kiwi paan, to a honeymoon-special paan, there is one for every adventurous tastebud. We went around the city hunting for some extraordinary betel bites and came across interesting ones which have hit the scene not log ago. Here are five from our scout-about. We recommend you try them before the summer runs out.
Chuski ka mazza paan mein
Your taste buds just can’t afford to miss the Chuski paan (Rs 40) here. The interesting combination of crushed ice with a tinge of rose syrup makes for a perfect cooler this season. Tutty-fruity and mixed fruit paans are some other interesting additions one could experiment with. Claiming to be the first paan parlour in the city, this place offers you an air-conditioned paan eating experience, quite an unusual offer. “Interestingly, this shop is managed and operated by women too. Thus we have a lot young girls as customers,” says Hari Bhai, the owner.
Location: Yamu’s Panchayat, Connaught Place, Outter Circle
Price: Rs 40 to Rs 250
Timings: 11am -12.30am
Wrap some strawberries
This paan shop has been around since 1957. If the thought of red teeth and tongue is stopping you from trying a paan, then head here for their spitless versions. The owner promises none of the flavoured paans served here leave red stains behind. One must try the Strawberry Paan, which is sure to give you a sugar rush. If you are up for some fun, then the Competition Paan (a mixture of 17 paan flavours) cannot be given a miss.
Location: Odeon Paan, Connaught Place, Middle Circle
Price: Rs 30 onwards
Timings: 7 am to 11 pm
A bite of Madhuri here
Hit this paan place if you are looking for a posh experience of paan binging. Known for supplying paans to Parliament House and celebrity weddings, this shop has one named after actor Madhuri Dixit. Don’t like her much? How about classic butterscotch wrapped in a leaf, then? It will give you an exotic taste of caramel chips clubbed with an ice-cold experience. “You can change my name if the paan does not melt in your mouth in 30 seconds,” says K D Prasad Pandey, the owner. Some other fascinating names on the menu are black forest, blueberry and orange paan which are worth a try.
Location: Pandey’s Paan, North Avenue, New MP’s market
Price: Any paan for Rs 30, Timings: 10am – 11pm
Ice, ice baby!
Beat the heat with the iced mint that comes for Rs 25, and is recommended by the owner. This paan concoction, filled with crushed ice with mint flavour, can be an ideal dessert on a hot summer day. Other favourites of the youngsters are the chocolate and the Chutki paan.
Location: Paan Pandit, Lajpat Nagar IV
Price: Rs 20 onwards
A honeymoon right here
This paan corner in south Delhi is a popular stopover during shopping trips, and the owners keep experimenting with the menu. Go for the sandal paan that promises to energise you and give you a refreshing experience. A paan for all romantic occasions, the Honeymoon special paan, which costs a swooping Rs 500, comes with a gold warq. For the city paan freaks, there is the Paan Chat (Rs 40), which clubs different varieties of paan on a single platter.
Location: Prince Paan, Greater Kailash 1, M-block Market
Price: Rs 30 onwards
Timings: 9am – 11.30pm