Zedoary, Lesser Galangal
Answered by: Yvonne Tremblay
Question from: Rohani
Posted on: May 01, 2007

I was born in Indonesia. I have a question for you, if you know anything about zedoary, lesser galangal or kencur root? Awaiting for your reply and thank you for your an assistance.

I do not know about this spice or how to use it, but was interested to learn about it, so thank you for your question. I read that it is a root/rhizome and with a smell similar to mango and turmeric. It is sold as a powder in Indonesia (called kentjur in Chinese stores) or dried slices. Two types are sold in Indian markets: curcuma zedoria and curcuma zerumbet. It is used to flavour curries such as seafood, lamb and chicken. This link describes the flavour as "warm and ginger-like, slightly camphorous with a bitter aftertaste". If you google the name there are many links. Here is one I found. http://www.theepicentre.com/Spices/zedoary.html

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