hing, asafoetida (alternate spelling)
What is it?
Asafetida is a spice often used in Asian cooking, especially in India. Made from a resinous substance from a species of giant fennel, it has a potent sulfur-like stink that dissipates once cooked. In parts of India, it’s used as a substitute for garlic and onions and is an ingredient in the spice mix called chaat masala.
How to choose:
Though it can come in a variety of forms, it’s most commonly sold in the United States as a dried and ground spice. It’s unlikely that you will find it at most supermarkets. Indian markets and mail order are your best bet.
How to store:
Store tightly covered to keep its odor at bay in a cool, dry place.
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