Organic Asafoetida powder is very potent and only very little is required in cooking as compared to others. Its odor and flavor become much milder and more pleasant upon heating in oil or ghee acquiring a taste and aroma reminiscent of sautéed onion and garlic. It has a unique pungent flavor and strong bitter taste. Gum Arabica acts as fixative and holds the smell for longer.
Even though the smell of the Asafoetida is not pleasant on its own but when in cooking it mixes with the fatty acids of either ghee or the cooking oil, it imparts very mild and pleasant smell. It reduces the growth of indigenous micro-flora in the gut reducing flatulence