Paan and the city
There is a bunch of weird looking stuff (not really sure what) wrapped in a betel leaf and you eat it. Think of it as a lettuce wrap but instead with a betel leaf. That’s pretty much all I know about the making of “Paan”.
If you ever go to India, you will find what Indians call a “paan ka galla” on about every street corner (kinda like dunkin donuts in NY). It’s a small little shack that sells candy, cigarettes but most importantly Paan!! Indians love Paan. While there are many that have a Paan after every meal as a mouth freshener, for my family it was more like a once in a month outing after dinner where the whole family took a drive out to our favorite “paan ka galla” to get ourselves paan. Now the concept of eating a stuffed leaf sounds weird, looks even weirder, but I gotta admit, it tastes amazing.
A good (or bad) thing about living on the east coast is that there is no shortage of Indians here. This also means that where you find Indians, you are also likely to find a … You guessed it right , a “paan ka galla”. I found one such “paan ka galla” in curry hill called Charlie’s paan shop (25th and Lexington). For those of you in the area trying out some Indian food, definitely head over there after dinner for some paan.