Asafoetida Powder, 1 ounce

Asafoetida Powder, 1 ounce
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Asafoetida is a perennial plant with hollow stems and umbrella shaped yellow flowers. The stems can reach six to ten feet tall. But be warned--the uncooked scent is not pleasant. Perhaps this is why asafoetida was given a common name of devil's dung. However, because it produces an onion/garlic flavor when cooked, other cultures have called it the food of the gods.

The stems and roots of Asafoetida excrete a sap that, when dried, produces a gum that is turned into powder. In addition to cooking, this herb may help promote digestion.

In Indian cuisines this herb is used to flavor pickles and often finds its way into foods as a condiment. To cook with Asafoetida, one would heat oil or butter in a pan and then add a small amount of the asafoetida dried herbs to the fat to saute. Dishes featuring vegetables or lentils are the usual ones in which used to best effect. For those who cannot eat onion or garlic yet enjoy the taste, Asafoetida herbs can take their flavorful place. Because of its strong scent when uncooked, it is wise to store it in an airtight container so that it does not impart its aroma to other nearby food products.

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