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

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 - (update: 2-2018 the following website was a broken link. Going to look for some more and delete the one that was here.)

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...

(Update - Feb. 2018:)

I made some, and it's almost gone, and I've since found more recipes online as well as suppliers where the ingredients are listed. Those lists don't necessarily constitute a recipe, but much of this is more or less "equal parts" and then suggestions as to what to use for sweeteners, or they have salt, so I suppose some of that is just taste and adjusts - starting with a smaller amount of salt or sugar and working up.

One of the shops has a lot of mukwahs involving the use of saccharin, or sugar coated fennel seeds, sugar coated sesame seeds etc. I don't do the saccharin and I felt like the sugar coated fennel seeds I got last time (from a local guy who suddenly went out of business, not sure why.) were too sweet. He also suggested a rock sugar candy - which I still have and wo would likely try as it is only rock sugar, not dyed or processed.

Anyway, more for my memory sake - here are some more websites:

It mentions the "Saunf" but says that is Aniseseed!! So I'm guessing now, "saunf" has a different meaning having to do with description or something else.

Emphasizes the health benefits of the seeds. Their use of "saunf" refers to fennel seeds!!

Okay here we go: "Glossary of Spices and Condiments - Indian Names"

annnnnnd "saunf" - anise seed, fennel seed

Another discussion: "Aniseed, Fennel, Saunf" - in the discussion, it's almost like the two words are interchangeable? are they both the same kind of seed? The only "difference" was that it was more green, whereas cumin seed is more black (and I have that too, as I got some cumin seed back when I bought stuff for my mukwah.)
ed-saunf.html's some clarification. Evidently Fennel and Anise are two different kinds of plants, but apparently are frequently called the same thing (you know, like sweet potatoes and yams are used interchangeably, but are technically two different types of plants.).

"Are fennel and anise the same thing?"

So no, fennel and anise are not the same thing, but in Indian foods they are both called "saunf".

A good site with photos of most of these Indian Spices, so you can see close up of cumin, anise seed, fennel -

Under and to the left frame is a list of the various spices and each has their own link to a page in the larger right side frame, including a photo and description.

A mukwah for lactating mothers:
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    I've updated this blog this month - Feb. 2018 - spreading out over two days now... I want to make one that is healthier than the ones in many of the online stores (many of which use coloring or saccharin etc.).
    73 days ago
    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!
    1562 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.

    1566 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!
    1566 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!!!
    1566 days ago
    its called Saunf, it comes in a lot of variety and taste, i still need to check the link you shared
    1566 days ago
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