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Hing-India's culinary weapon

Hing-India's culinary weapon

The age old secret weapon-spice of the Indian cuisine.

Hing or Asafoetida is an ancient food, that traveled through time, with rulers and migrated from Iran, Afganistan and found a new home in India. Little known are facts that apart from its Persian heritage, Hing also has deep-seated roots as far and wide as Mongolia, Greece to the apothecaries of Venice. We found this wonderful article highlighting the history of Hing. Do read if food facts intrigue you too.

We at Old fashioned gourmet, manage to source Hing from Kabul. It's extremely potent, one can smell its...


Chhuhara Churan

Chhuhara Churan

One from our family heirloom recipe books, this is an integral part of childhood for many. It was always in one of the little jars kept at Amma's bedside. Those jars consisted of many digestives and mouth fresheners alike. Anyone who came to meet Amma would always dig into her treasure trove of jars, post the delish Thali Marwari meal.

Digestives are a crucial part of Indian food heritage. They counteract the side effects of certain essential foods for they aid in digestion. In the olden days, plenty of measures were taken to ensure good Gut health....


Pink Himalayan Salt loved by cows and horses too..

Pink Himalayan Salt loved by cows and horses too..

Did you know Pink Himalayan Salt (PHS) has for centuries been consumed not just by humans but also by animals?

Pink Himalayan salt is a pink-colored salt extracted from the Khewra Salt Mine, which is located near the Himalayas in Pakistan. The Khewra Salt Mine is one of the oldest and largest salt mines in the world. The Pink Himalayan salt harvested from this mine is believed to have been formed millions of years ago from the evaporation of ancient bodies of water. In India it is also known as Sendha Namak, for it gets its name from...

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