Other names: Asafatida, Asafetida, Assafetida, Assafoetida, Devil’s Dung, Devil’s Durt, Food of the Gods (Persian), Laser (Roman), Stinking Gum
A sulphurous, onion-smelling spice used in Indian cooking. The sulphur smell dissapates in cooking and just leaves a "onion" like flavor. Particularly useful in vegetarian cooking. Asafetida comes from the sap of a plant similar to a giant fennel. The sap dries into a hard resin and it is sold in "lump" and ground form. Use in small amouns with dried beans and vegetables. Buy asafatida in any Indian grocery store or online (see buy link).