This spice is used as a digestive aid, in food as a condiment and in pickling. It plays a critical flavouring role in Indian vegetarian cuisine by acting as an umami enhancer. Used along with turmeric, it is a standard component of lentil curries such as dhal, sambar as well as in numerous vegetable dishes, especially those based on potato and cauliflower. Kashmiri brahmans who do not use garlic use it in their lamb dishes like Rogan Josh. The spice is added to the food at the time of tempering. Ground asafoetida (just a pinch) can be mixed with salt and eaten with raw salad.
*We supply this in a powder form which does not contain gluten - it is compounded with rice flour.
Read more about how it is used in traditional medicine here: