Asafoetida / Hing from Kerala spices
ASAFOEITIDA (CUBES) – 100Gm used as a flavoring ingredient in food and beverages.
They are widely used in many rice dishes and also in vegetable dishes like dal, pees etc for the aroma it spreads.
Also it is a great medicine that cures digestive and breathing problems.
Asafoetida / hing, also known as
Hingu in Hindi,
Ingu in Kannada,
Inguva in Telugu,
Perungayam in Tamil
Uses of Asafoetida / Hing
It is an indispensable ingredient common to every Indian kitchen.
Due to the presence of sulphur compounds, hing has a distinct pungent odor and a bitter taste.
Hing is highly beneficial in curing digestive disorders and flatulence.
When the Asafoetida / Hing is boiled in water, it becomes diuretic in nature, cleanses kidneys and urinary bladder and prevents the body from any urinary infection.
Hing along with the other natural ingredients is particularly effective in reducing obesity.
Asafoetida / Hing is widely popular in Ayurveda by its Sanskrit names like Ramaha, Badhika, Ugragandha (named due to its strong pungent smell) and Sahasravedhi (medicine which is effective in thousand ways).
Ashtanga Hridaya, an ancient Ayurvedic scripture documents hing as a powerful remedy against digestive problems, flatulence, toothache, impotency etc.
Ayurveda also mentions hing for various significant properties like Pachana (useful indigestion), Anulomana (reduces bloating), Hridaya (effective for cardiac problems) and Chakshushya (useful for treating eye problems).
Apart from the health benefits asafoetida cubes are known for their flavor. Especially in Kerala, it is the main ingredient in pickles and also in tea-time snacks.
Also in Kerala sambar, it is the main ingredient.
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