Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Whilst In North East India,

many years ago,

 looking for new species of fish for the aquatic trade, we ate mostly off of street stalls, carts and small local restaurants, but one thing I did not try was a morsel called a paan, found at nearly every street corner in India, paan regularly consists of a mixture of spices, mukhwas, dried fruits, and sugar wrapped inside a betel leaf, according to Ayurvedic medicine, paan can cure a variety of ailments, including coughs, colds and headaches, but it is also used a breath freshener and a virility booster, and I have just learnt of a new take on it, a fire paan, yes that's right take a normal paan set fire to it and shove it in your mouth!

Pradhuman Shukla’s family has owned a street food stall in Delhi, India, for over 20 years, but he’s managed to take the business to a whole new level after he started selling fire paan, people can’t get enough of it, and he’s recently been featured in a Barcroft TV video that’s currently doing the rounds online, the 31-year-old entrepreneur says that about a year ago a former employee came up with the idea of setting the paan on fire before serving it to customers, and they’ve been doing it ever since,

“We know it’s a bit risky but people are enjoying it. I started with just one paan but now we make around 100 daily,” Pradhuman says. “People get scared when they see it for the first time. But all of them try it once. It doesn’t have any side effects. Its like a normal paan. I know how it works. I have tried it before. It’s safe and won’t cause injury to anyone, note to self, looking at where the flames in this picture are going remember to trim moustache!

and here is the full lowdown with subtitles.

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