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Suma Asafoetida Compound 20g

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About Asafoetida Compound

Asafoetida is said to have originated in Rome, and despite not being a native of India, it has been used in Indian medicine and cookery for ages. It is a resin that is ochre in colour and it is most widely used in its powdered or granulated form, which are usually yellow in colour. The resin like gum is actually greyish white in colour when fresh, but dries to a dark amber colour. The resin is difficult to grate and is traditionally crushed using mortar pestle. In the raw form, the smell can be quite irritating, but once cooked, it changes in nature and imparts a very good aroma to the dishes. It is used commonly in Indian cuisine for flavouring. It is added in minute quantities as a powder, or when dissolved in water. Remember never to use asafoetida with onions and garlic, to prevent the dish from becoming overly flavoured. In fact, Jains and other communities who shun the use of onion and garlic use asafoetida as a substitute.

Ingredients

Asafoetida Compound ingredients: Gum arabic rice, asafoetida, turmeric colour E160. Product of Pakistan.

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Red Kidney Beans Indian Curry or Rajma Masala Recipe

Summary: This is the Indian cousin of your favourite spicy chilli : red kidney beans are stewed in fresh or canned tomatoes, seasoned with onion, garlic, fresh ginger, fresh chillies and Indian spices. Asafoetida, also known as Hing, is an extremely pungent spice extracted from a sort of giant fennel, frequently used in Indian cuisine. Asafoetida's strong, off-putting, rotting garlic smell disappears during cooking to deliver a delicious savouriness. I truly believe it is the secret ingredient here : I had made many decent rajma masalas over the years, but it is not until I started adding a pinch of asafoetida, that I found rajma masala perfection. So although optional, do include asafoetida if you can get hold of it.

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