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Paan is an Indian/Pakistani and Southeast Asian tradition of chewing betel leaf (Piper betle) with areca nut and slaked lime paste, and katha (or kaatha) brown powder paste, with many regional and local variations. It is a betel leaf, chewed as a palate cleanser, a breath freshener, and for digestive purposes. It is offered to guests and visitors as a sign of hospitality (after meals at both personal and social occasions) and at the beginning of social events.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) regards the chewing of betel-quid and areca nut to be a known human carcinogen.The main carcinogenic factor is believed to be areca nut.

In the Indian state of Maharashtra the paan culture is widely criticised due to the cleanliness problems created by people who spit in public places. In Mumbai, there have been attempts to put pictures of Hindu gods in places (walls, etc.) where people commonly tend to spit, but success has been limited.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paan

Usage

That chooth fatang Adnan spat paan on my sisters left eye and her eyeball has gone for a six. We need to ban the local paanwala!

Source: Definitely not wikipedia

Added 2011-09-04 by porkipaya

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Hindi

Region

All India

Categories

Food and Drink

Terms referencing this

Paan Pasand, Meetha paan, Paan Paraag, paanwala

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A mixture of Areca Nut,slaked lime and Katha neatly wrapped in betel leaf(paan). When you chew this mixture 32 times(citation needed) it makes your mouth look like you have been shot twice in your mouth with a 12 gauge shotgun.
The contents are cancerous but all Begum Sahiba's from Bangladesh are completely oblivious of this fact.Blind Rahim Chacha's from Lucknow deny the fact , they opine that they have never SeEn anyone getting Cancer after chewing Paan.Ramu Kaka from Banares like to spit chewed paan on white walls,he thinks it is cool.Mahesh Bhat an veteran film maker is overwhelmed by this act of indecency and will soon make a movie on this issue,he will name it virgin walls.

Note: the article has very little or nothing to do with Paan Singh Tomar-A Bollywood movie.

Usage

Ramu Kaka: ik Banaresi Paan do Bhaiyya chuna kam kathha jada.
Added 2012-04-03 by Fraaandshipper

Root

Hindi

Region

All India

Categories

Food and Drink

Terms referencing this

Paan Pasand, Meetha paan, Paan Paraag, paanwala
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