|Place of origin||India, Pakistan|
|Main ingredient(s)||seeds and nuts, essential oils (peppermint)|
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Mukhwas is a colorful Indian and Pakistani after-meal snack or digestive aid. It also freshens breath. It can be made of various seeds and nuts, but often found with fennel seeds, anise seeds, coconut, and sesame seeds. They are sweet in flavor and highly aromatic due to added sugar and the addition of various essential oils, including peppermint oil. The seeds can be savory or sweet-coated in sugar and brightly colored. Plain water drunk after chewing and consuming the fennel seeds contained therein tastes extremely sweet.
Occasionally, this is eaten for medicinal purposes.
The word is an amalgamation of two distinctly different words, mukh meaning mouth and vas meaning smell.
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