Hing – Asafoetida

Hing is a herb/spice used in a lot of Indian cooking, it is also known as Asafoetida.

I use Hing in most vegetarian dishes. The actual powder  smells quite unpleasant, however a small amount of Hing can really improve the taste of the dish, giving it a smooth and distinct flavour. If you’ve ever eaten in a good Indian restaurant and then tried to re-produce the food at home but couldn’t quite hit the mark, this would probably be the missing ingredient!

Hing is always added to the hot oil at the beginning of cooking the dish as this process releases the flavours that make the difference. As well as enhancing the flavour it also acts as a digestive.

Hing can be found in all good Indian shops – it generally comes in a small pot that will last for a very long time as you only need to use it sparingly.

If you like Indian food I really recommend that you try and find some as it will transform your dish.


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