Digestive Aid/Breath Freshener (Mukhwas)

Digestive Aid - Close up

This digestive aid or breath freshener is as delicious as it is easy to make, and extremely addictive. Beats the store bought versions hands down!

Ingredients (makes 1 cup):

  • Fennel seeds (saunf) (1/4 cup)
  • Cumin seeds (jeera) (1/4 cup)
  • White sesame seeds (1/4 cup)
  • Split coriander seeds (dhana dhal) (1/4 cup)
  • Rock salt (to taste)
  • Rock sugar (misri) (to taste)

Digestive Aid - 4 Main Ingredients   Digestive Aid - Rock Salt

Digestive Aid - Misri   Digestive Aid - Dhana Dal



  • Dry roast the seeds separately. Ensure that you keep the heat on medium flame and stir continuously to avoid burning the seeds. Sesame seeds need special care and get roasted fairly quickly as compared to the other seeds.
  • Powder rock salt and rock sugar.
  • Add the powdered salt and sugar to the roasted seeds.

Digestive Aid - Ingredients Mixed

  • Store in an air-tight container after the seeds cool down.

Digestive Aid


  • Eat a teaspoon full of the mix after each meal for fresh breath and to aid digestion.

Tastes (Rasa):

Sweet (sesame seeds), sour (none), salty (rock salt), bitter (cumin, coriander), pungent (cumin, coriander, fennel), astringent (none).

Doshic Influence:

Cumin is known for its digestive effects and has a warming effect on the body. It is great for kaphas and vatas while not being overly heating for pittas. Fennel is a wonderful spice with a delightful aroma and is great as a mouth freshener. It is good for stoking the digestive fire and helps relieve abdominal gas and spasms. It is a cooling spice. It is great for all doshas. Coriander is also digestive and cooling – good for all doshas. Sesame seeds are strengthening, provide lubrication, and improve immunity. Rock salt is also a great digestive aid. Overall, this is a very tridoshic recipe that also serves as a digestive and breath freshener. This mukhwas is also great for people with food allergies.

Effects on the Mind (Gunas):

This mukhwas or digestive aid is highly sattvic in nature.

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