aka kala namak
Taste: Smoky and tangy, not super salty like the name denotes.
Look: A light pink colored powder.
Smell: Sulfurous, noxious boiled egg aroma.
Sprinkle over snacks, appetizers and starters.
Great in vegan dishes to give a savory, egg-like taste. Try it in popcorn or where you would use nutritional yeast.
Pairs well with cumin, chili powder, cayenne, orange peel, rosemary, and sesame. The main ingredient in India’s infamous chaat masala.
- Careful which salt you are buying! It is easy to see black salt and immediately think that’s the one. Look for the powder that is pinkish in color.
- Black lava salt is sea salt mixed with activated charcoal. It has an earthy taste and is often referred to as Hawaiian Black salt and is black in color.
- Kala namak, or black Indian salt, is a natural rock salt that contains many trace minerals, with sulfur being the most pronounced. Whole, the rocks are a deep reddish brown color and when ground become a pink powder.
- Stimulates bile in the liver which aids in digestion.
- Can reduce symptoms of heart burn and indigestion.
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