Mukhwas - Indian Palate Freshener Recipe

Mukhwas. Image © Niladri Nath/ Getty Images
Ratings (8)
  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: Serves 10
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
112 Calories
4g Fat
14g Carbs
5g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Mukhwas is usually eaten after a meal to aid digestion and freshen the mouth and there are countless recipes out there. Once you've made Mukhwas a couple of times and figured out which ingredients you prefer over others, you too can create your own! The ingredients should be available at most Indian groceries.


  • 1/2 cup plain saunf/aniseed
  • 1/2 cup Chuara Supari (or sugar candy)
  • 1/2 cup Dhania dal (the core of a coriander seed)
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds (or Betel nut slivers)
  • Few drops red food color
  • Few drops green food color
  • 1 tsp rose essence
  • 1 tsp peppermint essence

Steps to Make It

In this recipe, I usually use either the Chuara Supari (pronounced soo-paa-ree and made from dried dates) or the sugar candy - NEVER both - the Mukhwas will end up too sweet if both are used.

Heat a flat pan on a medium flame till hot.

Roast the Aniseed till mildly aromatic and slightly darker. Remove from pan and cool completely.

Repeat the roasting procedure with the Dhania Dal and the Sesame seeds.

Put the sesame seeds on a flat plate and add the drops of red food color to them. Mix well till all the seeds are coated. Keep aside and allow to dry fully.

Do the same with the Dhania Dal and the green food color.

Now put all the ingredients together in a large bowl and mix well.

Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place. Consume within 2 weeks.