Most of us know that fennel is a used widely in Indian homes as a mouth freshner. A popular spice used is fennel/saunf/sompu kaalu. These days it is very convenient to buy a packet of sugar coated fennel from stores rather than making it at home.

Home made version is rather simple and make it at your convenience and the required quantity only! So, here is how I made little quantity of mouth freshner which was just enough for two people :D

You need the following :
Fennel : 1 tbsp
Crystal Sugar : 2 tbsp
Grated Dry Coconut : 2 tbsp
Adike/Areca Nut : 1 small packet (1 small pack=approx 1 tsp of areca nut)
Sugar coated candies : 1/2 tsp (optional, I had them so used it)


Heat a pan and when it is very hot switch off. Add fennel seeds over it and spread it evenly.
Remove after a min. This makes fennel more crispier. Do not toast with 'stove on' it as fennel looses its fragrance.
Mix the rest of the ingredients and serve in a nice bowl :) after any major meal.

Alternatively you can serve it like this on betel leaves :


Folded Leaf ready to be served can get creative enough to serve it different shape. Pour a little bit of love and very delicately feed your better half! the magic begins....  ;)


This folded betel leaf pouch goes to Kitchen Master Piece event at Chitra Amma's Kitchen who are celebrating their blog birthday :)

This fresh fennel mouth freshener goes to Ivy of Kopiaste who is hosting Think Spice-Mastic Gum and Fennel. Sunitha of Sunita's world is the brain behind Think Spice event.

The betel leaf pouch which I made them for my hubby goes to Alka of Sindhi Rasoi for her Just for You event.


Poonam said...

wish i could pick some..great!!

Unknown said...

wow..thats a good idea to make mouth freshner at home..lovely pictures..nice post..

Anonymous said...

Paan as we call it in Sindhi,the betel leaf ,along with the stuff u used,we also put some Gulkand(sort of cooked rose petals) and it is heavenly after a heavy literally craving for one now :-)

Unknown said...

hummm i don't like that pann pathi but that in side fennel mixture mmmmmm love to have that perfect lakshmi

Priya Suresh said...

Thats great to make mouth freshner at home the last pic..looks great:)

Sanghi said...

Good idea and thinking..!

Anonymous said...

wow! nice i love paan.. :D, nice Lakshmi

Ashwini said...

wow pan looks lovely..with gulkan aha tasty tasty..nice mouthfreshener..

Deepthi Shankar said...

wow, you made these at home great .. i love this too

Finla said...

Wowo you made this at home super.

Mangala Bhat said...

wow ! nie pics ! its a good idea that we can make a mouthfreshner at home :) Thanks

Cham said...

They look so good and very easy to make, thanks for sharing

Kannada Cuisine said...

Aha! ele adike.. with soumpu... nenne sikkidre... yest chennagirtittu had made some ragi mudde yesterday. I miss ele adike.. I do have some fennel seeds, i will give it a shot.

Ivy said...

What a great idea to make it yourself.

notyet100 said...

lovely post specially loved the betel nut pouch,..looks so perfect,..

Swapna said...

I love this! very tempting & different post..

Pallavi said...

I love Saunf and Pan. Neat idea to make it at home. Pictures look great.

Anonymous said...

Its a nice idea to make mouth freshner at home.

When I was a kid i used to grind pepper mint with fennel, laung and elaichi to make a similar powder to be eaten after lunch. I used to feel left out as kids couldnt eat pan masala, however these homemade masalas come handy :-)