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asafoetida

\Best pronounced as "heeng" or "perungayam"\
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Definition

A strong smelling resin that transports you to the paradise of sambar and rasam cooks. A container emptied of asafoetida continues to smell of it throughout your lifetime. It probably smells the same well after you are gone, but how would you know?

Usage

"Amma, must you use that stuff, heeng, in everything you cook? The stairway is reeking of sambar smells."
"Really, I used the exhaust fan when I was cooking."
"Obviously that's not enough. Look, amma, they are going to throw me out of this apartment. People here aren't used to strong cooking smells, you know."
"Oh really? What about the smell of burning meat from the backyard, when the downstairs people have a barbecue?"
Added 2012-05-07 by oldathai

Root

English

Region

South India

Categories

Food and Drink

Related Terms

sambar

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