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Asafoetida Hing Powder

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What is Asafoetida Hing Powder

Asafoetida Hing Powder is a spice almost as old as time with Central Asia and India as its home. For centuries it has been used as a flavouring in food but also reaps extreme health benefits. Asafoetida Powder is commonly used in vegetarian recipes and is renowned for its overwhelming smell. However, when cooked this smell disappears and contributes a rich, savory flavour to foods.

What is Asafoetida Powder? 

Asafoetida Powder is produced by scraping the sap and resin from the roots of giant fennel pants. The sap is then dried and crushed into a brown powdery spice, ready for cooking. The powder has similar sulphur compounds to onions and for this reason, releases an extremely strong odour. Some would say this is the defining factor of the Asafoetida Hing Powder. Those people have not tasted its glory.

Because of its smell, keeping the Asafoetida Powder in an airtight container is a great idea. Keep the container in a cool, dry spot such as your food pantry.

 How to use Asafoetida Hing Powder? 

Transform your cooking and allow your plate to burst with flavour, by adding a dash of Asafoetida Powder. Asafoetida Hing Powder has been called the food of Gods – and for good reason. Its distinct flavour mimics the taste of garlic, onion, and even meat, allowing any savory dish to pack a delicious punch. Try it in a lentil dish or any vegetable dish you like.

 Health Benefits 

This spice has stood the test of time, not only because of its amazing flavour, but also its potential health benefits. Asafoetida Powder is said to do the following.


  • Help reduce bloating and stomach problems
  • Help aid asthma
  • Could contribute to lower blood pressure
  • Can aid menstrual pain
  • Reduces headaches
  • Heals insect bites and stings
  • It may help reduce acne
  • Good conditioner

Whether you use it in your cooking or as a supplement, Asafoetida Hing Powder is a superfood, and you will not be disappointed.

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