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Silver foil, or varakh, as it is generally known in India, adds glitter to Indian sweets, betel nut (Supari), Paan (betel-leaf), and fruits. It is also used in Ayurvedic medicines. The silver-topped sweet is even served as prashad in many temples and on auspicious and religious occasions. Varakh is also used in flavoured syrups as in Kesar (saffron) syrup.
Pure edible silver foils silver have traditionally been a very popular material for the decorations of special-occasion desserts, confectioneries, nuts and many other dishes. Apart from being a food decorative, silver leaves are also attributed for their medicinal properties. The different uses of silver leaves are as follows:
Indian silver foil has been used for centuries to garnish and embellish several food items, especially sweets and desserts. Various mouth fresheners and spices such as cut, sliced and sweetened areca nut and dried dates, aniseed, green cardamom and chewing tobacco are wrapped in the silver leaves to add a royal touch to the reception of guests. It is also used in some of the special mughlai cuisine, which at times are literally covered in silver foil.
Confectionery and Beverages
Silver leaves are widely used in bakeries and confectioneries for icing food like cakes, ice creams, chocolates, cookies etc. It is also used in flavoured drinks and beverages.
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SILVER FOIL IN SWEETS
Silver foil, or varakh, as it is generally known in India, adds glitter to Indian sweets (mithai), supari (betel nut), paan (betel-leaf), and fruits. Also it is used in Ayurvedic medicines and on deities in many Jain temples. The silver-topped sweet is even served as prasad in temples and on auspicious and religious occasions. Varakh is also used in flavored syrups as in kesar (saffron) syrup.