Make Your Own Mukhwaas At Home; Know Its Health Benefits
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We’re all familiar with the tiny plate of fluorescent, sugar-coated fennel seeds served at the end of the meal in restaurants and roadside dhabas. Mukhwaas, the name of this mixture is meant to be a digestive and mouth-freshener that is traditionally made with a variety of herbs and spices that encourage the production of digestive juices in the body. This after-meal refreshment that is meant to be chewed, to allow the juices to assimilate with the meal, is known to improve oral hygiene and prevent the build-up of plaque on teeth. Along with this, mukhwaas is a great palette cleanser which aids in neutralising the flavours of spicy or rich food.

Another great health benefit of this digestive mix is that it is known to provide relief from dry mouth symptoms. Mukhwaas not only encourages the production of saliva but also helps in keeping teeth clean, free of any oral issues. The sweet-nutty flavours from mukhwaas are great to boost immunity and regulate weight issues in individuals who face fluctuating weight issues. The fibre-rich herb and seed mix is also great for gut cleansing and increase the absorption of nutrients from food. Unlike the sugar-coated fennel seeds that is loaded with edible colours and artificial agents, you can make a delicious and healthified mukhwaas at home which is in-tune with the age old Ayurvedic traditions of post-meal digestives. Find a recipe to make some of your own, below.


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  • ¼ cup fennel seeds
  • 3 tablespoons grated coconut
  • 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon dhana dal
  • 1 teaspoon ajwain
  • 1 tablespoon dill seeds
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • ½ tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Kalonji
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom seeds
  • 3 tablespoons rock candy (khadi shakkar)
  • ¼ teaspoon clove powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 5-6 dried rose petals


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  • Toast each ingredient (except the spice powders) separately in a dry pan and add to a mixing bowl.
  • Toss everything to combine and crush them slightly by transferring to a mortar and pestle. Store in an air-tight jar and consume a teaspoon after meals.