Natural asafoetida is a must for curries and stews. Perfect for the replacement of onions and garlic, it also helps relieve gas and bloating when cooking with lentils and legumes. As it cooks, its strong smell mellows, and is replaced with the smell and flavours of onion and garlic. A tiny bit goes a long way!


Pure asafoetida is extremely pungent and is normally compounded with rice or white wheat flour. Our asafoetida powder is compounded with gluten-free arrowroot starch. This makes it a great option for those with dietary restrictions including low FODMAP, gluten-free, onion and garlic intolerance and also for sufferers of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

Derived from the resin of a giant fennel plant, it has a particularly strong odour which is due to sulphur compounds in its volatile oil. It is also known as Hing and is sometimes referred to as Devil’s Dung due to its foetid smell. It is only grown in Afghanistan, Iran and India where it is highly valued for its medicinal properties. 
Health Benefits of Asafoetida

Asafoetida, or Hing is packed with health benefits and is an alternative to garlic and onion making it an ideal option for FODMAP diet plans. A small amount combined with the green selection of spring onions and/or chives adds a flavoursome replacement when on a restricted diet.

  • Traditionally used for the treatment of diseases such as asthma, epilepsy, stomach-ache, flatulence, intestinal parasites, weak digestion and influenza

  • Antioxidant, antiviral, antifungal, antidiabetic, antispasmodic, hypotensive, expectorant and stimulant

  • Thins the blood and lowers blood pressure

  • Used in modern herbalism in the treatment of hysteria, some nervous conditions, bronchitis, asthma and whooping cough, and to reduce flora in the gut

  • Believed to help treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

  • Believed to protect against high blood levels of certain fats

  • Chemicals called coumarins in asafoetida can thin the blood.

    Asafoetida Spice. An Alternative to Onion and Garlic

    Author: Shelley Bennetts   Date Posted:16 September 2018 

    Asafoetida spice is used widely in Indian vegetarian and vegan cooking to counter the effects of gas-producing foods. If you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and are on a FODMAP diet, then this spice offers a tasty, and healthy substitute for onion and garlic. Asafoetida is also known as Hing, Food of the Gods, and due to its rather potent smell, Devils Dung! It doesn’t sound very appealing, I know, but for those who suffer from digestive problems, it’s worth knowing about.

    Cooking with Asafoetida

    For vegetarians, vegans and those whose diet includes a lot of gas-producing pulses, Asafoetida is a great spice to have in the pantry. It’s a very common ingredient in Ayurvedic cooking, such as this Kitchari recipe, where dishes of cauliflower, lentils, chick peas and pulses are common. Whilst its raw smell is very potent, as it cooks the smell mellows, and is replaced with the smells and flavours of garlic and onion. Onion and garlic are not allowed on a FODMAP diet, so if you are missing the flavours they give to your food, Asafoetida spice is a healthy alternative.


    For cooking, any Asafoetida powder you buy is blended with a variety of flours. Pure Food Essentials Asafoetida is compounded with arrowroot starch, a gluten-free product which also has the low FODMAP tick of approval.  Compounding reduces the potency of raw Asafoetida, and stops it from returning to a solid state. It’s always used in very small quantities in cooking. Just a quarter of a teaspoon in a dish is enough to work its gas-relieving magic!

    Asafoetida is derived from the resin of a species of giant fennel. The resin is sun-dried into solid lumps and then ground into a powder. In this raw state, it’s incredibly pungent and used in tiny, tiny amounts, mostly in Ayurvedic and Western herbal medicines. 


    Always Buy Your Spices from a Source You Trust.

    This incredible spice is grown only in Afghanistan and Iran and Kashmir. And, like many conventional spices, it’s often blended with questionable additives to bulk it up. Our Asafoetida is compounded with gluten-free arrowroot starch. So, if you have a garlic and onion intolerance, or you’re on a restrictive FODMAP diet, try Asafoetida for the flavour it offers. Or, if your vegan or vegetarian diet includes a lot of gassy foods, then just a pinch of Asafoetida in your cooking will help. 

    Because of its potent smell, and to keep it fresh, double bag it and reseal it quickly after use.