galangal

noun
gal·​an·​gal | \ ˈga-lən-ˌgal How to pronounce galangal (audio) , -liŋ-\

Definition of galangal

1 : either of two eastern Asian perennial herbs (Alpinia galanga and A. officinarum) of the ginger family with dark green sword-shaped leaves and pungent aromatic rhizomes
2 : the fresh, dried, or ground rhizome of a galangal used in cookery as a spice and in medicine

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When the oil is hot, add the shallots, shrimp paste, garlic, galangal, ginger and chile and cook, stirring, until the shallots are softened and translucent and the mixture is very fragrant, about 5 minutes. Jessica Battilana, SFChronicle.com, "Repertoire: Indonesian gado-gado a gateway salad," 30 Aug. 2019 Pukka’s Three Ginger tea is a blend of ginger, galangal and turmeric that stands up well to Versana’s Cinnamon Blend tea. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Cinna-Sipper Iced Tea," 21 Aug. 2019 Raise a spoonful of tom kha kai, a traditional Laotian coconut chicken soup, to your lips, and a tantalizing perfume of lemongrass, lime, and galangal wafts upward. Ewen Bell, National Geographic, "Discover why Laos is the world’s next great foodie destination," 10 July 2019 The tamarind-galangal sauce on those spicy chicken wings? Christine Muhlke, Bon Appetit, "The Well-Crafted Kitchen: Inside the Raucous New Paris Restaurant, Déviant," 4 June 2018 To the mix, add fried garlic, fried shallots, lemongrass, galangal, kaffir lime leaf, cilantro, shallots, scallions, and mint. Jc Gibbs, Smithsonian, "Meet The Devotees of the Growing Lao Food Movement in a New Video from Folklife," 31 May 2018 Laced with mellow barrel-aged caçhaca, yogurt liqueur and a mango syrup scented with makrut lime leaf and galangal, the drink is aromatic and weightlessly creamy. Maggie Hoffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Can the new Beehive bar rekindle the old cocktail magic of Range?," 22 May 2018 Add the brown sugar, lemon juice, galangal, lime leaf, and cayenne and stir to combine. Debbi Snook, cleveland.com, "Paula Wolfert's Indonesian Beef Satay (recipe)," 25 Apr. 2018 But the flavor is all herbs, half registered as fragrance — galangal and sun-baked earth, bright threads of kaffir lime leaves, and cilantro roots, subtler and more profound than the stems. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "Thai Dishes That Pave a Chef’s Path Home in Elmhurst, Queens," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of galangal

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for galangal

Middle English galingale, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Medieval Latin galingala, galanga, borrowed (by uncertain mediation) from Arabic khalanjān, khūlanjān, khaulanjān, borrowed from Persian khāvalinjān, of obscure origin

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galangal

noun
gal·​an·​gal | \ gə-ˈlaŋ-gəl How to pronounce galangal (audio) \

Medical Definition of galangal

1 : either of two eastern Asian perennial herbs (Alpinia galanga and A. officinarum) of the ginger family with dark green sword-shaped leaves and pungent aromatic rhizomes
2 : the fresh, dried, or ground rhizome of a galangal used in cookery as a spice and sometimes medicinally

called also galangal root

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