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Indian Black Salt, Nirav Black Salt, Sanchal or
Kala Namak is actually a volcanic, rock salt or
"saindhav". It is an earth salt, not a sea salt, that
is mined in central India. This "Black Salt" is
not really black at all but rather a burgundy-pink. These
colors come from the presence of trace minerals and iron.
Kala Namak has a strong sulfur taste and smell that
adds a special sulphur taste on the lines of garlic and
onions. Many people say it tastes a little like eggs. When
used correctly it heightens the flavor in foods. This
distinct aroma and taste does dissipate to some extent
during cooking. Like the other salts we carry, this salt
is unrefined and not processed. It is a very unique and fun salt.
Indian black salt is most popular in Indian markets and
with Indian cooking. It is used in Indian cuisine
as a condiment, added to chaats (fruit glazes), Indian fruit
salads, chutneys, raitas (which is plain yogurt with cucumbers
and tomato), tasty salads and savory deep-fried Indian
snacks. Black salt goes well in vegetable dishes
and with seafood. Chaat masala, and Indian spice blend, is
dependent upon Black salt, among other ingredients,
for its characteristic aroma and flavor.
Indian Black Salt is also considered an appetizer,
especially when a pinch of it is eaten with a slice of fresh
ginger before a main meal.