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Asafoetida

 

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Asafoetida also known as devil's dung. Asafoetida is a variety of Ferula native to Iran It is a herbaceous perennial plant. Asafoetida is a plant from the Apiaceae family, that embodies carrots, parsley , dill, celery, caraway, fennel, and lovage. Most similar in aspect to fennel, asafoetida smells like rotting feet, that causes many cooks to feel nervous about using the herb. In fact, some countries refer to asafoetida as Devil's Dung due to the atrocious smell. Asafoetida is a perennial plant which grows about six feet (1.83 m) high and bears bright yellow group of flowers. The concave stem and roots of the asafoetida plant house a milky substance that is rich in organic sulfur. This substance is betimes dried and blended with rice flour to create a flour that is used in cooking.

Asafoetida tastes much like a composite of strong onions with a touch of earthy truffles. The rich, unique taste is popular with many chefs as it can be used in a miscellany of applications, including in soups and stews. Asafoetida flour has grown in reputation in the United States and has been used worldwide for years. Asafoetida originated in India during the Moghul Reign and has since been cultivated in Kashmir as well.

Asafoetida powder is a decisive ingredient in Indian vegetarian cooking. Also known in India as Hing. Emerged from a species of giant fennel, asafoetida has a unique smell and flavor. It is known for often in Indian cooking, primarily with legumes and dishes highlighting vegetables such as cauliflower. While on its own, the smell may chime you as overpowering and somewhat unpleasant, in cooking it ripes out and produces a result similar to onion and garlic. In India this ingredient is desperate for the Jains, who do not eat root crops.

Asafeotida sap is mixed with gum arabic, wheat, rice flower and turmeric to make the powder we use in cooking. Asafoetida has been used as a medicative herb for many decades, with some people choosing to make a tea from it in order to drink it plain. Regardless of its pungent aroma, asafoetida is known to alleviate stomach ailments, cold symptoms, anxiety issues, chronic fatigue , yeast infections, and painful gas and flatulence. Some research suggests that a routine dose of asafoetida before and during early pregnancy can help lessen the risk of miscarriage.