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Is dried galangal powder an acceptable substitute for fresh? And if so, what is the substitution ratio? Thanks so. Food52

Is dried galangal powder an acceptable substitute for fresh? And if so, what is the substitution ratio? Thanks so much, everyone. ;o)

Contrary to some of the posts here, which describe powdered galangal as throwaway”sawdust”,
powdered galangal does indeed have benefits. It’s science, not opinion I cite.
NCBI studies indicate it is a superior form for reduction of oxidative deterioration.
In other words, it preserves the freshness & nutritional value of fat & protien foods. It helps in digestion of lipids.
Fresh galangal roots is great too–the benefits are simply different in efficacy. Fresh galangal roots may exceed the benefits of dried powderd galangal in other areas.

Both taste fabulous. Enjoy!

Panfusine February 29, 2012

Fresh Galangal has a deep salmonish red color, with leaves similar to ginger.. The leaves are brewed into a tea which is great for soothing a cough. it has an aroma thats a cross between ginger & turmeric.

LucyBell March 20, 2018

There are many varieties of galangal. You are correct that the freshness of some varieties appear this way.
However, these standards may not apply to all varieties, particularly the softer ones.🙂

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