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as·a·foetida

(as'ă-fet'i-dă)
A gum resin, the inspissated exudate from the root of Ferula foetida (family Umbelliferae); malodorous material used as a repellant against dogs, cats, and rabbits, and formerly used as an antispasmodic; in Asia, used as a condiment and flavoring agent.
Synonym(s): devil's dung.
[Pers. aza, mastic, + L. foetidus, fetid]

asafetida

, asafoetida (as-ă-fet′ĭd-ă) [L. asafoetida fr. Persian āzā, gum, mastic + L. f(o)etida, fetid, smelly]
A gum resin, obtained from the roots of Ferula asafoetida, with a characteristic strong odor and garlic taste. Although this substance is no longer used in medicine, it has historical interest. Until the early 20th century, it was used as a carminative and as an amulet to ward off disease. It is used in Asia as a condiment and food flavoring and as an animal repellent in veterinary medicine.
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Add the chopped garlic and sprinkle with asafoetida.
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To ward off "the tormenting" caused by the duppies, the caul was dried and mixed with pap or sown in a piece of black ribbon with some garlic, camphor, and asafoetida and tied around a child's neck.
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1 cup red or brown lentils, rinsed and drained 2/3 cup finely chopped carrots 1 1/2 Tablespoons minced garlic 3 Tablespoons seeded and minced fresh jalapenos 3/4 cup chopped yellow onion 2 1/2 cups peeled, chopped russet potatoes 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon asafoetida powder * (optional) 1 teaspoon ground turmeric 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander 1/4 teaspoon cayenne 6 cups water Fresh cilantro leaves (optional) Put the lentils, carrots, garlic, jalapenos, onions, potatoes, salt, cumin, asafoetida, turmeric, coriander, and cayenne in a 3 1/2-to 4-quart pot.
In true Indian style, the menu is a treat for vegetarians and includes Chowk ki tikki (potato patties with a stuffing of asafoetida tempered green peas, shallow fried in clarified butter) and Dhingri palak (royal cumin tempered stir-fry of mushrooms and creamed spinach).
About 30-40% of sample of spices received, in mustard, foreign resins in asafoetida, and in powdered form, cardamom husk in cardamom turmeric in mustard, lead chromate and coal tar dyes in turmeric are also reported.
Cooking with spices like cumin, coriander, ginger, asafoetida, garlic, fennel, and turmeric also helps a lot.
Ingredients 200g besan/gram flour 50g rice flour 1tsp chilli powder Generous pinch of Asafoetida 1 tsp Ajwain (Carom) 1 tsp ghee (clarified butter) 3 bread slices (or as needed) Salt, to taste Oil for deep frying Method In a mixing bowl, mix besan, rice flour, chilli powder, asafoetida, ajwain, ghee and salt with water to make a batter.
Spiced pea kachoris Makes 10 250g plain flour 2 tbsp cornflour 1 tsp lemon juice 1 tsp salt 3 tbsp ghee (clarified butter) Water 500g frozen peas 1 tbsp vegetable oil A pinch of asafoetida 1 tsp brown mustard seeds 1/2 tsp cumin seeds 2 green chillies, minced 1/2 tbsp ginger, grated 1/2 tbsp garlic, minced 1/2 tbsp fennel powder 1 tbsp garam masala Salt to taste 2 tbsp desiccated coconut, toasted 2 tbsp coriander leaves, chopped Vegetable oil for deep frying Method Firstly make the kachori pastry.
As for spices, I would say it simplifies only to an extent as I wouldn't give up certain spices, such as hing or asafoetida, which people don't necessarily know.