Rangkat, Sindaloo Salt, and Herb Bheda: Oddments I found at the Indian market
I bought these items at an Indian market - they looked mysterious and I've course I've never seen them in any recipe before. The Rangkat powder is perhaps the most foul tasting stuff I've ever experienced - even a few grains of the stuff are impossible to swallow.
Searches on the internet reveal virtually no references for these items, certainly no recipes. And I've never seen them in my extensive collection of cookbooks.
Anyone know what they are?
Rangkat is a chemical used in making sweets. For many sweets you can use rangkat to eliminate some other steps. For example, to make Jalebi, you need to make batter with flour, yogurt and water. And then you need to ferment this batter. So, if you do not want to ferment than you can add a little bit of rangkat. No recipe book will ever specify rangkat as an ingredient, but the sweets maker in India use rangkat for many sweets. It's kind of a secret among sweet makers. General population do not use or buy rangkat.
Hey, I was trying to find rangkat in California. Can you please tell me at which store you find it.