I have a UK-Indian recipe that calls for asafoetida (1/4 teaspoons). I have bought this:

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This says it is "compounded" asafoetida powder. Is this any different from what would be used for my recipe? Do I use the amount called for, or less/more? The listed ingredients are gum arabic, wheat starch, and asafoetida.

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Asafoetida is most commonly found in a "compounded" form. It's about 30% asafoetida resin mixed with rice or wheat flour, and gum arabic. Use it as your recipe directs. It's fairly potent. I use about 1/4 tsp at a time.

  • It's also available mixed with fenugreek, again at 30%. I like the flavour and batch cook, using up to nearly a teaspoon in 4-6 portions. You should need a little less of this type
    – Chris H
    Commented Jan 13, 2021 at 22:42

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