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Re: Mystery ingredient asafoetida

Asafoetida is an Indian spice and in my opinion is an acquired taste, which I have not yet acquired. I believe it's also called HING, in India. I don't know the origin of the prefix "asa", but it is not a linguistic coincidence that the last part of the word looks like "fetid". Ie, it has a really strong and distinctive smell & taste, and you use it in a tiny pinch. Seems to me you could omit it and no-one will be saying, "Gee, what is this dish missing?"

                        Just my .02 worth.


Date: Mon, 25 Dec 2000 22:51:02 EST
From: MCBEAGS@xxxxxxx
Subject: mystery ingredient
In a message dated 00-12-25 05:20:50 EST, you write:

<< asafoetida powder >>

This was mentioned in the Autumn Harvest Stew?  Is this a common spice?  Can
it be replaced with something similar or omitted?