Black Mineral Salt (commonly called kala namak) is a classic ingredient in many South Asian dishes and is used in the practice of Ayurveda.
The salt is mined in the Himalayas and then fired in a kiln at extremely high temperatures, hot enough to melt the salt and give it a scorched black color (it loses some of its dark color when it is ground down). The heat also changes the chemical composition, bringing out its beloved (and infamous) savory, tart and eggy aroma and flavor.
Use instead of table salt in any dish to add depth and complexity
This salt does not supply iodide, a necessary nutrient.
Kala namak literally means "black salt" in Hindi, and it has a long history in Ayurveda. The salt's journey starts when it's mined from the nearby mountains in Uttar Pradesh, a state in northern India that shares a border with Nepal.
From there, the mineral salt is placed into kilns alongside harad seeds, amla and babul bark and heated for 24 hours until the whole mixture melts, producing jagged black salt crystals that are ground into a powder.
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Allergic unfortunately great taste and very flavorful.
I love using this in recipes that benefit from an eggy flavor vibe. It’s delicious and unexpected !
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Excellent! My customers are enjoying their cooking at home, everyday.
surprising umami flavor
this is very surprisingly strong umami flavor when used sparingly, very highly recommended for a tweak beyond regular salt
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