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Indian Restaurant - After Dinner Spice Blend?

ciaogina Mar 9, 2008 09:46 AM

I'm in the middle of an Indian food obsession. Last night at upon leaving the restaurant, by the hostess stand, there was a bowl of dried spices offered up where the American after dinner mint would be. Does anyone know what this is called and what is usage is about?
As people left they simply spooned a bit in their palm and chewed. A digestive? A breath freshener?

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  1. im_nomad RE: ciaogina Mar 9, 2008 10:31 AM

    i've seen these in a candy coated form, and i assumed it was fennel. like these:


    They help settle your stomach i think. The uncoated variety could also be fennel?

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      ciaogina RE: im_nomad Mar 9, 2008 10:40 AM

      fennel was part of the mix but they weren't coated or so brightly colored sugared--more dried spice

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      nemo RE: ciaogina Mar 9, 2008 11:19 AM

      Maybe cardamom pods?

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        magool27 RE: ciaogina Mar 9, 2008 11:34 AM

        most likely fennel and anise seeds

        1. boogiebaby RE: ciaogina Mar 10, 2008 12:35 AM

          They are called Mukhwas, or basically "mouth freshener". There are dozens of types available depending on the maker. I like Chandan brand's mukhwas -- I keep several different types at home.

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            ciaogina RE: boogiebaby Mar 10, 2008 09:59 PM

            THANKS very much boogiebaby!

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            howboy RE: ciaogina Mar 10, 2008 03:47 PM

            I'm a fan of that stuff, and I buy it here in NYC at Kalustyan's. It's relatively inexpensive.There are several varieties. I''m not sure if they do mail order (I think they might) but it might be something you can look into.

            1. luckyfatima RE: ciaogina Mar 12, 2008 02:59 AM

              After a meal or whenever you need to freshed your mouth you can take any variety of mix of those seeds and it is both a breth freshener and a digestive aide. A simple one would just be saunf which is anise seeds. You will also see mixes of saunf with rock sugar or candy coated saunf. A mix from an Indian grocery will have stuff like cardamon, betel nut (suparee), anise seeds, fennel, sugar, and even little bits of silver. They will be in little travel sized containers for you to keep on your person at all times, or you can get them in little packets.

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