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After dinner spice/herb mix at Indian restaurant - what is it called?

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

I took a photo last week and want to identify the various spices etc included in the mix:

After dinner spices for settling stomach and helping digestion, as well as mouth freshener. Some names mentioned in one website

In this photo, I'm fairly sure the long striped spice (or herb?) is either fennel or fenugreek. I get those two mixed up. (Yep - Fennel seed, called Saunf.)

The white teardrop seed is sesame seed.

The red balls are crunchy and sweet or possibly minty or anise candy?

I'm not sure about the long white shreds - I don't remember tasting coconut but these kinda look like it.

I'm also not sure what the smooth orangy round things are - almost want to say lentils or split peas/"dal" but these are smaller than lentils. Maybe it's the other fennel/fenugreek that the first was not? (Later - yep, the orangy smooth ones are fenugreek.

Another cool website of spice photos -

Brown rope looking things? Maybe shredded cinnamon?

In any case - I want to mix up something similar to have on hand for bad meal days...
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    wow! very cool idea. My husband loves to mix up his own spices after buying a combination spice he likes. going off to check out the web site you posted!
    1466 days ago
    Can't tell from the picture, but I know coriander, cumin and fennel seeds steeped as a tea are wonderful for digestion.

    And fennel is used as a remedy for baby's colic.

    1470 days ago
    I like that anise seed mix too. Your question encouraged me to get an answer. It is called Mukhwas. Not surprisingly there are many recipes for the mixture. I'm going to spend some time looking at recipes to see which one I may try ... or maybe I'll simply buy a pre-made mix at the local Indian grocery.

    Here's a link to get you started!
    1470 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/8/2014 9:47:41 AM
  • 123ELAINE456
    I like the post that showed the pictures and names of the Spices. It was very interesting. Keep Sparking!!!
    1471 days ago
    its called Saunf, it comes in a lot of variety and taste, i still need to check the link you shared
    1471 days ago
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