Taking a spoonful of the Mukhwas at the door of the restaurant as we walked out yesterday, reminded me of our little group that gathered there to celebrate a friend’s birthday. The four of us had a lovely lunch at an Indian restaurant. We are not Indian – but, we are all from the same country originally. Our group had a certain bond and blend, despite our distinctly different personalities, interests and abilities.
Our conversations were interesting, dynamic, diverse and refreshing but unavoidably we often refer back to our roots during our discussions – even if it has, in some cases, a darker shade of reality. There is an understanding of the common ground and therefor you don’t have to explain too much when you share details. There is a complimentary variety, and yet a common thread, in the conversations and that is refreshing and soothing. Sometimes we talked about sad things, but I left, still feeling refreshed from being with them.
Just like the Mukhwas. Undeniably you are always reminded of their origin when you taste it. A refreshing combination serving more than one purpose – it is sweet, diverse and interesting. Unique and soothing and completes your meal. A digestive aid – meaning that it makes the parts that can be hard to swallow and process, a little easier on the system.
Do you have a group of friends like that? So different and yet the same. Completing your life meals with their compassion serving as digestive aids. Leaving you refreshed even if you talked about ordinary things. A blend that works well.
Well – then you can consider yourself blessed.
And if you don’t…. I encourage you – step out…. you don’t always have to have people who are exactly the same as you. Dare to befriend somebody who is a bit different – as long as you can somehow identify with their roots…their principals…the originality. It’s all in the mix – it’s all in the bringing together of different spices in different combinations that makes it a winning recipe !
Find some Mukhwas Friends. It will keep you refreshed, complete and with a sweet taste in your mouth.
Mukhwas, according to Wikipedia 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.