identify this spice/root/herb
I bought this spice (actually looks like a dried root) in Dubai in a spice market and the guy at the store didn't know the english name for it. He said only the arabs buy it and they call it either "kafor" or "kerekere" (spelling is probably not right). It has a mild scent and flavor.
Does anyone know what this is?
Yes, its one of the type of ginger in dried form, in most of the Mediterranean cousine you will find it, specially, in Kapsa rice.
fingerroot = Chinese ginger = Chinese key = ka chai = kra chai = krachai Latin name: Kaempferia galanga Notes: This ginger relative is popular in Thailand. It resembles long fingers jutting from a hand. Substitutes: lesser galangal OR galangal (sharper flavor) OR ginger