In India the Asafoetida is used in the cooking! People especially from the southern India include this as one of the essential spices in their dishes. They use this in the curries, Rasams and other dishes! Sambar and Tamarind rice are the two popular dishes in which Asafoetida is used! The famous festival of Tamilnadu Pongal when the dish Pongal dish is prepared it also contains Asafoetida as one of the spices!