Meetha Paan (मीठा पान) From Ash Gourd–Dessert Recipe For Party–Indian Recipe By Sunita

Ingredients –

  1. Ash Gourd ( Winter melon)– 600 gram (wash and dry)
  2. Limestone / Chuna – 1 tsp.
  3. Sugar – 1 cup (as per your taste)
  4. Food color – green
  5. Vanilla essence – 1 tbsp.

For stuffing

  1. Whole milk – 3 cups
  2. Sugar – 2 tsp. (as per your taste)
  3. Chopped dry fruits – Pista, cashew, almonds, etc.
  4. Elaichi (Cardamom) powder – 1 tsp.

Method –

  • Peel the ash gourd skin and make sure the green part is not left out.
  • Slice the ash gourd in triangular shape.
  • Take a utensil, add enough water and limestone, mix well. 
  • Drop all the pieces of ash gourd in water, mix well and leave it for 2-3 hours.
  • After 2-3 hours take out the limestone from water and rinse well.
  • Take out all the ash gourd pieces into a pan.
  • Add sugar, food color, mix it well and add enough water to immerse the sliced ash gourd.
  • Turn on the stove on medium heat, cook till the ash gourd becomes transparent.
  • Stir continuously so that it doesn’t burn.
  • Do not let the syrup get too thick, if required add half cup water to keep the syrup thin.
  • When the ash gourd becomes transparent, turn off the heat, add vanilla essence and leave aside for 1 hour, allowing them to cool down. 
  • To prepare stuffing, take 3 cups of whole milk and allow it to boil in a pan on high to low heat.
  • Once milk is boiled, reduce the heat to medium temperature and keep stirring to avoid the milk sticking to the bottom of the container.
  • When the milk becomes thick, add sugar and cardamom powder to the milk.
  • Stop heating when all the water disappears. You can also add chopped dry fruits to your stuffing (khoya).
  • Now take out the pieces of boiled ash gourd from syrup, drain extra sugar syrup and let them dry out for an hour.
  • Take few cloves for decorating the paan.
  • Once ash gourd is dried, stuff each ash gourd slices with khoya, fold the slices from the corners and pin them using cloves.
  • You can also use toothpick and cherry or tutti fruity to decorate Meetha pan.
  • Meetha paan is ready, serve with your meals… Smile
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