Heeng Powder – Compound
Latin : Ferula Foetida
Ingredients : Rice Flour, Arabic gum (Acacia gum) Asafoetida (10%), Fenugreek Powder
Other Names : Badian, Hing, Heeng, devil’s dung, Stinking gum, javoneh-i badian, hing, hengu, inguva, kayam, ting, foetidus, fetid, hiṅ , ingu, Kayam, merde du Diable, Devil’s shit, Teufelsdreck, dyvelsträck, duivelsdrek, duiwelsdrek, pirunpaska, pirunpihka, Şeytan tersi, Şeytan boku, Şeytan otu, czarcé łajno.
We blend this powder here in UK to be sure of its contents, This powder is very Potent and only very little is required in cooking as compared to the other brands available. Gum Arabica acts as a fixative and holds the smell for longer.
The Smell in Garlic & Heeng is from its Sulphu compounds.
Eventhough the smell of the Heeng is not pleasant on its own, but when in cooking it mixes with the fatty acids of either the Ghee (Clarified butter) or the cooking oil, it imparts very mild & pleasant smell
This is Powder is widely used in Indian and South Asian cooking. Mostly in Vegetarian cooking. As Lentils & Peas can cause Flautulence. The Heeng helps in removing the flautulence.
The sulphur not only helps in digestion of the food, but also helps in removing the skin infections.