Mukhwas with fennel and flax seeds

febel and flax mouth freshener
Been to the Indian restaurant? Have you tasted the sugar-coated fennel offered as mouth freshener? Indeed, it is a very refreshing and a mildly sweet tasting fennel seeds make you feel, but then when you are at home you just want to feel a bit more healthy. Still, a mouth freshener to have and chew on as you savour the moments of a good dinner is a feeling I can’t describe…you just have to experience it.
fennel and flax seeds mouth freshener
Now that means you have to got to take off the excess sugar coating. As promised earlier in the year I am trying to keep off the sugar. So here is a sweet and savoury version I managed out of the best after-dinner mint munch.

Why a mukhwas?

Mukhwas when a word is broken down come to “mukh” as in face and “vas” as in the sweet smell. Just not as a mouth freshener, the seeds and aromatics chewed to aid in digestion.
The fennel in the preparation is useful to reduce bloating.
The seeds are naturally iron-rich and give ample mineral addition
I made both a sweet one and a savoury lemon one for both my whims. Stored them in a bottle so here are the recipes
mouth freshener
Here are a couple of well-tested recipes from Indian cuisine to try before the mukhwas
The recipe is added to A to Z recipes as we have letter f on schedule and here you have a double f alphabet one…flax seeds and fennel seeds. Have fun.
febel and flax mouth freshener

Mukhwas with fennel and flax seeds

After mint
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Desserts, Sweets and savories, Traditional
Cuisine diabetic friendly, gluten free, Indian, Medicinal, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter


basic ingredients

  • 1/4 cup fennel seed
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds
  • 1/8 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/8 cup pumpkin seeds

sweet mix

  • 1 tsp dry mint crushed or powdered
  • 1 tbsp Dates chopped small

Savory mix

  • 1 tsp dry mint crushed or powdered
  • 1 pinch citric acid granules crushed fine
  • 1/4 tsp black salt or rock salt


  • Dry roast the seeds one by one and set aside to cool. Mix them when cool.
  • in a small mixing bowl, add the sweet mix ingredients with half of the roasted mixed seeds and store in an airtight bottle to use.
  • pound together the savory elements gently to mix them well and add to the rest of the seeds and toss well. Save these in a seperate airtight bottle.
  • Use a clean dry spoon to remove the needed quantity and enjoy


The seeds are roasted separately as they all have different levels of heat tolerance.
You can also dry roast them in the oven.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
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The Girl Next Door
5 years ago

Growing up in Gujarat, I remember just how much importance was given to mukhwas in gatherings of family and friends. I never tried making it at home, though. This version of yours sounds just perfect. I love the interesting ingredients you have added in – like dried mint, fennel and flax seeds!

5 years ago

What a nice and healthy mukhwas.. Good to make a home made one.

Sujata Roy
5 years ago

I love sweet fennel seeds in restaurants. But never tried mukhawas at home. You made it super healthy by adding flax seeds and dates. No sugar at all. Awesome.

Mayuri Patel
5 years ago

Seema I always make mukhwas at home, I think its a very Gujju thing! My hubby has it as though its a snack so all the roasting of sesame seeds, dhana dal, fennel seeds etc is cumbersome. I like you’re simpler and healthier mukhwas and its pretty easy to put together. Thanks for sharing an awesome recipe.

5 years ago

A healthy and yummy mukhwas recipe.. loved the sugar-free recipe addition of pumpkin seeds with flax seeds , sesame seeds and and fennel seeds.

Poonam Bachhav
5 years ago

We always make roasted fennel seeds and carom seeds mukhwas at home, loved your version of adding flaxseeds to it. Brilliant share !

Vidya Narayan
5 years ago

Fennel is a great digestive and a must have after meals. Loved the recipe and the use of flax seeds for the health element too.

5 years ago

Having grown up in an area with a lot of Gujaratis, I have had the privilege of tasting a million different types of mouth freshners. Now I have another one to make and taste.

5 years ago

I usually just mix roasted fennel and flaxseed to make our everyday mukhwas. Your recipe is a great idea to take it a level up šŸ™‚ and these would make perfect food gifts for family and friends!

Geetha Priyanka
5 years ago

Mukhwas sound totally healthy and easy to put together in few minutes. Having flax seeds, pumpkin seeds and making it sugar free is totally a brilliant idea.

Superduper Kitchen
5 years ago

I haven’t made homemade mukhwas till date. But always love to taste the different mukhwas when I visit gujarati shops or exhibitions. I will try this out soon

5 years ago

Lovely recipe and addition of flax seeds make it more healthy !!

5 years ago

A healthy mukhwas recipe. Fennel seed is a great for digestion and we must have after our meals with sugar. Loved the sugar-free version. I can imagine just how flavorful it would be! Iā€™d love to try this out sometime soon.

5 years ago

great share ! I love this mouth freshener using flax seeds and fennel seeds 怀 Awesome version

5 years ago

I love mukhwas and love to have different varieties of the same. Love your simple and healthy mukhwas. Love all the healthy ingredients in this.

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