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Green Mukhwas.jpg
Place of originBangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Suriname
Main ingredientsseeds and nuts, essential oils (peppermint)
Sugar-coated fennel seeds

Mukhwas is a colorful South Asian after-meal snack or digestive aid widely used as a mouth freshener, especially after meals.[1] It can be made of various seeds and nuts, often fennel, anise, coconut, coriander, and sesame. 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.[2]

The word is an amalgamation of the Sanskrit words mukh (mouth) and vaas (smell).

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  1. ^ "Why are candy-coated fennel seeds served at Indian restaurants?".
  2. ^ Pursell, JJ (2015). The Herbal Apothecary: 100 Medicinal Herbs and How to Use Them. Portland: Timber Press. p. 36. ISBN 9781604696622. Retrieved 20 June 2016.