Ayurvedic Mukwas recipe
makes about 1/2 cup or 100 servings
Haven't heard of mukhwas? If you've ever been to an Indian restaurant and seen a dish of brightly colored candied seeds at the exit, then you know what it is! Mukhwas are a combination of herbs and seeds--often with fennel as the base--that aid digestion and freshen your breath. Commerical gums can irritate the digestive tract due to artificial sweeteners and swallowing air, so mukhwas are a nice, natural alternative. Unfortunately, most commercial mukhwas are super sugary and use artificial coloring to get their pretty presentation. So here I'm showing you how you can make your own to chew after a meal with a thoughtful combination of spices: fennel, a strong digestive and carminative (anti-gas) herb; sesame seed, calcium rich and considered rejuvenative; crystallized ginger, also a carminative herb and sweet element; dhana dal, the insides of roasted coriander seeds, considered good for digestion especially of spicy foods; and clove, a herb long used for dental health.
3 tablespoons fennel seeds
1 tablespoon dhana dal (the inside portion of roasted coriander seeds, find here)
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1/8 teaspoon ground clove
2 tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger
1. Heat a dry skillet on low and add fennel seeds, dhana dal, sesame seeds and ground clove. Stir gently and toast until just lightly fragrant and barely golden. Remove to a plate or bowl to cool,
2. Add finely chopped crystallized ginger and stir to combine, using your fingers to incorporate the ginger if it's particularly sticky. Let cool completely and dry out a bit (an hour or so) and then transfer
3. How to use: After a meal, take approximately 1/4 teaspoon of mukhwas in your hand and put in your mouth. Chew completely until the seeds break down, they will sort of disappear over 30 seconds or so. Exercise caution or modify the recipe if you are on any medication or have a health condition where spices or herbs are contraindicated or if you have dental work that seeds can get stuck in.