Paan is a popular Indian snack made with a betel leaf. Millions of Indians chew paan every day. Photo: Getty Images Paan is a popular Indian snack made with a betel leaf. Millions of Indians chew paan every day. Photo: Getty Images
Paan is a popular Indian snack made with a betel leaf. Millions of Indians chew paan every day. Photo: Getty Images

The history of paan: an Indian treat made with a betel leaf that’s recommended in the Kama Sutra and praised by Ayurveda practitioners

  • Known by different names in various Indian languages, millions of Indians chew paan every day and have done so for thousands of years
  • Used as a mouth freshener or a post-meal treat, it is also touted as an aphrodisiac and is praised by Ayurveda practitioners for its health-giving properties

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Paan is a popular Indian snack made with a betel leaf. Millions of Indians chew paan every day. Photo: Getty Images Paan is a popular Indian snack made with a betel leaf. Millions of Indians chew paan every day. Photo: Getty Images
Paan is a popular Indian snack made with a betel leaf. Millions of Indians chew paan every day. Photo: Getty Images
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