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also as·a·foet·i·da  (ăs′ə-fĕt′ĭ-də)
1. Any of several plants of the genus Ferula in the parsley family, native to dry regions in Iran and Afghanistan and having long, sturdy, hollow stems and roots yielding a brownish, strong-smelling resin.
2. The resin obtained from these plants, especially from the species Ferula assa-foetida, used as an ingredient in medicine and remedies and as a seasoning in South Asian cuisine.

[Middle English, from Medieval Latin asafētida : asa, gum (from Persian azā, mastic) + Latin foetida, feminine of foetidus, stinking; see fetid.]


(ˌæsəˈfɛtɪdə) or


(Pharmacology) a bitter resin with an unpleasant onion-like smell, obtained from the roots of some umbelliferous plants of the genus Ferula: formerly used as a carminative, antispasmodic, and expectorant
[C14: from Medieval Latin, from asa gum (compare Persian azā mastic) + Latin foetidus evil-smelling, fetid]
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Noun1.asafoetida - the brownish gum resin of various plantsasafoetida - the brownish gum resin of various plants; has strong taste and odor; formerly used as an antispasmodic
natural resin - a plant exudate
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Add mashed potatoes, salt, ajwain, asafoetida, turmeric, and coriander powder.
To make the pea cakes, heat one tablespoon of the oil in a large frying pan and add the asafoetida.
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The star of the show, without doubt, is Dal Moradabadi, which is essentially moong dal cooked to perfection and spiked with buknu masala ( main ingredients: black salt, sonth, or dried ginger powder, turmeric, jeera, or cumin seeds, hing , or asafoetida, and amla , or Cape gooseberries), and then served with the sweet and sour saunth , mint chutney, chopped tomatoes, onions and freshly squeezed lime juice.
To the same oil, add the ginger paste, chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and asafoetida.
Add the curry leaves, mustard seeds, fenugreek and asafoetida, then fry for 20-30 seconds, or until you smell the delicious aroma.
Gadariya''s Pie For the curry powder: 8 tsp each coriander seeds, garam masala 4 tsp each turmeric, green cardamom, cumin seeds, fenugreek, garlic powder 2 tsp each dried red chilis, asafoetida, ground allspice, black peppercorns 2 cinnamon sticks 12 cloves 40 fresh curry leaves 2 fresh bayleaves For the meat: 3 tbsp sunflower oil 2 onions, finely chopped 3 carrots, finely diced 3 celery sticks, finely diced 6 garlic cloves, minced A few fresh curry leaves 1.
cumin seeds | A pinch asafoetida | 2 medium onions, finely sliced | 3 whole dry red chillies | Handful of fresh coriander, chopped | Salt to taste Method | Firstly, take the fresh bunch of fenugreek and pick out the leaves only.
With a knack for marrying authenticity and the finest ingredients, diners will be spoilt for choice with Rang Mahal's exemplary list of mains including the Samarkand Prawns, tandoor-roasted prawns filled with crabmeat, young ginger and garlic and the King Tandoori Lobster cooked over glowing embers of smoked cinnamon, and Jodhpuri Gatte Ke Subzi, soft chickpea flour dumplings poached in light turmeric yoghurt, cumin and asafoetida.
O ran cywreinrwydd mi es i edrych am Asafoetida neu Asiffeta, a dyma beth oedd ganddo i'w ddweud: "Y mae yn feddyginiaeth rhagorol, wedi ei wneud yn belenni, rhag ysterics, convulsions, a gwendidau yn nghyfundrefn y giau, ac at gaethdra y coluddion ac anhwyldeb yn y cylla".
In abundance in Dubai souqs are clothes and spices -- cinnamon, nutmeg, asafoetida, saffron, black pepper, turmeric, clove and various chillies -- heaped up in sacks.