It is interesting to note that paan made it into Bollywood .
In the Bollywood movie, "Don" starring Amitabh Bachchan there is a song about paan.
"Khaike Paan Banaraswala khul jaye band akal ka tala….."
And from Movie, "Tisari Kasam"
"Pan khaye Sainyya hamaro sawli surtiya hoth lal lal…."
Generally, eating paan after heavy meal of any festival is a part of a tradition. In our house , my Hema Kaku (my aunty) makes very good paan for everybody. I will definitely post her paan's procedure one day.
It is very time consuming and you have to eat this paan on the same day. So to overcome this and at the same time to enjoy taste of Paan, our elders converted this paan's ingredients into powder form which is called as "Tambul". Tambul has good digesting properties. For "Renuka Devi" of Mahur (Maharashtra), Tambul is the main prasad.
Paan (betel leaf) - 50 leaves
Kattha - 5 gms
Chuna - 5 gms
Gulkand - 3 tablespoon
White Supari - 10
Badishep/ Souf - 100 gms.
Jaypatri/ Javitri / Mace spice - 5 gms
Grated Dry Coconut - 1 cup
Cardamom - 10-12
Cloves - 10-12
Saffron - 5 gms.
Wash & dry betel leaves. Remove stem of each leaf. Apply chuna to each paan a little bit. Cut the leaves in small pieces. Then cut the supari in small pieces. Now roast Badishep, jaypatri, Grated Dry Coconut, Cardamom and Cloves Separately for about 1 minute. Then mix all the above ingredients except Gulkand. Now grind it in the Mixer to a thin powder. Put the mixture in a dish and add gulkand to it. Mix neatly. Allow it to dry in shadow for 1 to 2 hours. You can store it for 1 month in a fridge. I think you should definitely try this.