The Spice Trail – Asafoetida


This little known spice eludes many! It is used purely for it’s medicinal properties in cooking – trust me a little pinch goes a long way to provide dietary and environmental comfortable to everyone.

Asafoetida is made from Ferula assafoetida plant, it is essentially a resinour gum. It is usually found in the shops in a powered form, a yellowish grey colour.

Medicinal Value of Asafoetida

Asafoetida is a digestive aid to prevent flatulence and indigestion. It is also used as a colic remedy in young infants by rubbing onto the chest in small quantities. If you have a weak digestive tract – perhpas following an infection or strong bout of anti biotics then regular intake of this plant will help to build up the digestive immunity once again.

Cooking with Asafoetida

It is used in very small quantities at the beginning of the cooking process, usually added to the hot oil to allow its propoerties to infuse the oil and evenly disperse throughout the dish. In its raw powdered form it has a very pungent smell, howeber this breaks down very quickly upon cooking – so don’t be put off using it – you wont be able to taste this in your dish. Use with starchy dishes, potatoes, different spinach forms and lentils in particular.


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