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Recipes With Hing (asafoetida) As The Primary Spice

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    I need help finding recipes that have hing (asafoetida) as the primary flavoring agent. I have a colleague who has severe food allergies which include most of the common spices and aromatics like ginger, garlic, and onions, among others. He recently discovered hing and has become a huge fan. He has asked me for recipes of Indian dishes spiced primarily with hing. Hing, turmeric and cumin are spices he can tolerate. Though I use hing in nearly all my cooking, I've always used it as a background note layered with other spices. So far, I have only been able to come up with a handful of recipes. Do you ladies have any minimalist recipes with hing as the star ingredient?
     
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    Can you post one recipe briefly? I am really curious how hing can be the star ingredient in a recipe. In fact, for years, I used one dabba of hing...
     
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    Buttermilk- add yoghurt, water, hing and salt to the mixie jar. Run the mixie to achieve uniform consistency. Garnish with fresh curry leaves and serve.
     
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    Any south indian tadka uses hing.
    For eg cut steam vegs like carrot cabbage beans snakegourd or soak and pressure cook dry beans like green/yellow peas or black channa (sundal varieties)

    For tadka use mustard seeds 1/4 tsp urad dal 1/4 tsp red chilli broken into pieces few curry leaves few and a dash of hing - only a dash should be used

    Mix the steamed veggies or pressure cooked beans (green/yellow peas or black channa ) and add 1-2 tvsp of frozen grated coconut and little salt.
     
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    Doesn't it lose it's fragrance after a few months? I go through 2 boxes a year, but then I have a heavy hand with hing. I use it in everything. This is one of my favorite stews!

    Monji Haakh (Kohlrabi stew)

    About a pound of kohlrabi and 2-3 kohlrabi leaves
    1 green chilli
    2 dried red chillies
    1/4 tsp hing
    2 tbsp mustard oil
    salt to taste
    water

    Peel the woody parts of the kohlrabi and slice into wedges. Remove the hard stems from the leaves and chop coarsely. In a pan, heat the mustard oil, add the hing, dried red chillies, and toss the kohlrabi wedges for a minute or two. Add the green chillies with the chopped stems and leaves. Sprinkle with salt. Add just enough water to cover the greens. Cover and cook until the kohlrabi is tender to the bite. The steam setting on the Instant Pot gets it just right. : )

    To make a spicier stew, add a tsp of Kashmiri tikki masala. I prefer not to. Serve with steaming hot rice! The mustard oil-hing combo imparts a salty, meaty mouthfeel to the stew, almost like an umami flavor. The hing taste remains discernible even after the addition of other flavors.
     
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    What about (South Indian) 'Dhangar Pachadi' / Urad Daal Raitha? Works? Its my favorite. :relaxed:
     
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    Most Iyengar and Jain recipes do not use Onion or garlic and hing + jeera is almost always the star spice.
    Do u want recipes that suit western palette or is ur friend adventurous ?
    Here is a decent collection with both north and south indian dishes
    No Onion No Garlic Recipes | 275 Tasty No Onion No Garlic Recipes
    Here r a few of the simpler ones
    palak dal recipe, how to make palak dal recipe | spinach dal recipe
    capsicum fry recipe, how to make potato capsicum fry recipe
    My colleague loves morkozhambu and instead of the elaborate one with coconut I gave him this recipe and he makes it often now.
    Instant Mor Kuzhambu-More Kulambu Recipe (without coconut)-Indian Lunch Ideas | Padhuskitchen
    U can replace the ajwain with jeera and skip ginger in most of the recipes and it should be ok.

    PS: Is he allergic to gluten....most hing powders available in the indian stores have some amount of flour. U need to watch out for it or get the solid version.
     
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    U can make a South Indian recepie called rasam - with lot of hing.
     
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