No onion, no problem
What do you mean your diet means you cannot eat onion? Who cannot eat onion? What on earth are we ever going to eat?
So goes the refrain of just about everyone who has ever found themselves or someone they are catering for, on the Low Fodmaps diet. Do not panic though, there are lots of great alternatives.
There are a few that you may already know;
- Green part of spring onion
- Garlic oil
The king of the world for the onionless amongst us though, is asafoetida, or asa-fa-whata for the uninitiated. So first of all the pronunciation - asa-fah-dee-tah. It is a root beloved by Indian cooks, who discovered that when you cook it in oil/fat it produces a flavour very similar to a sautéed onion.
The discovery of this powder, pretty much changed my fructose free cooking overnight. It is a delight, particularly as I can now get an onion-esque flavour without the effort, and tears. of having to chop an actual onion! What is not quite such a delight is its smell. Pungent would be a polite way of describing it. So, if you want to avoid stinking your entire house out, I would encourage you to buy it from a well respected and high quality brand. Schwartz in the UK do a great version. In Australia try Gerwuzhaus or The Essential Ingredient.