galangal

noun
gal·​an·​gal | \ˈga-lən-ˌgal, -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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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 In Jackson’s version, the brisket ultimately falls apart in the long, slow-cooking process, bathed in garlic, cumin, black pepper, chili powder, onion, lemon grass, galangal and coconut milk. Caron Golden, sandiegouniontribune.com, "A world of curry," 19 Feb. 2018 The sambal, or Malaysian chili sauce, is rich and deliciously savory, made with shallots, ginger, galangal, lemongrass, and tamarind. Allison Steele, Philly.com, "Saté Kampar's hot peanut and chili sauces, now in bottles," 6 Feb. 2018 These tend to be comprised of fresh ingredients—think lemongrass, ginger, galangal, chiles, and/or herbs—that are ground together to make a thick puree. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "What Is Curry, Anyways?," 26 Sep. 2017

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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 \

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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