De-Gas Beans With Asafoetida Or Hing
How to reduce gas from beans with asafoetida or hing, where to buy it
Savvy Vegetarian Advice
You can buy hing or asafoetida at some natural food stores or grocery stores with a big bulk section (such as Winco Foods or Whole Foods), or Indian grocery stores – call ahead. Or online – I googled ‘buy asafoetida’ and got lots of results. If not in bulk, then in small jars if there’s a good spice section.
Hing is a very strong flavor, you need very little in cooking, so you don’t need to buy much. Keep it well sealed so it doesn’t flavor your other spices. I store it in a sealed plastic bag inside a glass jar with a tight lid. If it’s in a small bottle, keep that inside a jar.
Note: Add the hing with spices heated in oil after the beans are cooked.
Hing is an acquired taste. If you don’t like, it there are other ways to ‘degas’ beans, e.g. fresh ginger slices, bay leaf, kombu (dried seaweed). Long soaking, then bringing to a boil and skimming the foam also helps a lot to reduce gas.
Judith Kingsbury, Savvy Vegetarian