KARACHI: A modern shop in Karachi’s Bahadurabad area called Panwaari, meaning paan seller, is serving some incredible kinds of paans, priced in the Rs. 100-1,500 range.
Paan is a combination of betel leaf and areca nut, often topped with a variety of sweet sauces, coconut, and sugary pastes, and the option to add tobacco.
Talking to M.M News, the manager of the shop informed that these novel paans are made with high-quality ingredients, and include areca nuts wrapped in paper made of silver and 24-carat gold.
The manager explained some of the ingredients used, adding, “There is gold cardamom, gold almond, and gold dust.” The exuberant “gold signature” paans, are sold in special tiny velvet bags, tied with silk ribbons.
“The best thing about this place is its quality. I believe that this marks a revival of the way of life in this region,” the manager added.
The air-conditioned shop itself isn’t any less in terms of creating a brand image. It is also decorated with antique paandaans – small metal boxes used by older generations to make paans by themselves at home.
The manager further commented that the shop’s focus is on hygiene. “We have upgraded the paans; families love coming to our shop.”
The shop offers huge assortment of flavours, which include chocolate, mint, coffee, saffron, pineapple, dry fruit, honey, mixed berries, lychee, cherry, peach, blueberry, green apple, raspberry, strawberry, kiwi, lemon, and mango.