Asafetida is a spice known around the world. Asafetida is a dried resin (gum) of the root called Ferula assafoetida - a perennial herb that is related to carrots and fennel. Asafetida is grown in the area between the Mediterranean and Central Asia (especially in Afghanistan, Iran, India) in stony dry soil.
The most popular, common and common form of asafetida is VANDEVI Compounded Asafoetida Yellow Powder, it has a bright yellow color due to the addition of turmeric, its taste is not very rich, adapted for use by most people.
Asafetida is widely known in India. A pinch of asafetida is usually added to all Indian delicacies.
Asafetida does not have a very pleasant pungent odor, similar to a mixture of onions and garlic, but if you add a little to boiling oil at the beginning of cooking, it will give your dish a delicate and pleasant aroma. Asafetida is often used in dishes with legumes and vegetables, such as cauliflower, for example, or broccoli. It is also used in almost all pickles (pickles).
Asafetida is available in two forms: in the form of a powder mixed, in most cases, with rice flour and turmeric, and in the form of pieces, cubes.
Asafetida is a favorite spice in Asia in part because its use is very versatile. It is added in negligible amounts in powder form or first dissolved in water. Another method is to dissolve asafetida in hot oil and add a few drops to the food. In fact, asafetida is used to replace onions or garlic.
This spice is used in the preparation of vegetables and legumes. It is used in pickles, in mixtures of spices, in the preparation of meat and fish dishes, including as a preservative. Never use asafetida with onions and garlic to prevent excessive flavoring of the dish.
As the smell of the spice is strong and sharp, it is recommended to store it in an airtight container to avoid mixing the smell with any other spices.
In traditional Indian medical practice (Ayurveda), asafetida is highly respected because it has healing properties, it is an herbal remedy for many everyday problems and ailments. It is a good anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiparasitic, expectorant, sedative, which makes it possible to consider it as an effective means of protection in many diseases and disorders. Prevents spasms of the intestines and stomach, upset stomach, constipation, provides proper digestion.
It can be used in the treatment of chronic cardiovascular diseases, diseases of the digestive system. Due to a number of properties, asafetida can be used to relieve the symptoms of bronchitis, asthma, influenza, hoarseness, whooping cough, impotence, flatulence, bloating, abdominal pain. Also treats hysteria, nervous disorders (especially among children), mood swings and depression, relieves pain due to migraines, headaches and toothaches, chronic fatigue.
When applied externally, it can be used as a repellent against insects and mosquitoes. In Ayurveda, asafetida is considered the best spice to balance Vata. It is also used in Ayurvedic medicines because of its healing properties.
In some cases, excessive consumption of spices can cause side effects such as skin rash, allergic reaction, heartburn, belching, headache and dizziness. It is better not to use it during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Ingredients: rice flour, gum arabic, asafetida, turmeric, wheat flour
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