Commonly known as Hing, Asafoetida is obtained from the roots of Ferula plant and is commonly grown in arid areas of the countries including Iran, Afghanistan, Kazakhastan, etc. Usually, hing is obtained in molten form and then it is processed in the powdered form. In the market, hing comes in both solid and powdered form. But in most of the commercial and domestic kitchens, one would find Asafoetida hing powder.
The hing has a sharp aroma and flavour. The spice has a smell similar to foul garlic because of the presence of sulphur compounds. Therefore, it is a wise idea to use it in a little quantity. Using more than the prescribed quantity can make any food unpleasant to taste, that’s why it is referred as a Devil’s Dung also. As per Ayurveda, Hing is one of the most prescribed herbs of the 19th century for medicinal purposes.
Medicinal Benefits of Asafoetida Hing Powder
- It is considered as a great remedy for bronchitis and asthma.
- It is a laxative and treats constipation also.
- It is a digestive spice with magical properties of reducing cholesterol levels and flatulence.
- It is an anti-epileptic herb and an antidote for opium.
- The spice works wonder in treating diabetes, improving fertility, treating fungal infections and different kinds of cancer.
The general composition of hing is 68% carbohydrates, 16% moisture, 7% minerals 4% protein and fiber and 1% fat. It has a bitter taste and contains bio-active compound, sesquiterpene coumarin. This compound is effective in treating infections like Influenza A, swine influenza, etc.
Because Asafoetida Hing Powder is used in very limited quantity, therefore prefer buying the spice in small quantity. There are many grocery based online stores in the UK that supply high-quality hing powder at an attractive price range. These grocery stores even deal with other Indian groceries. You can place an online order and get it delivered at your doorstep. Try to keep the powder in an air-tight container or jar and avoid taking it out with a wet spoon as it will reduce its aroma and flavour.