- TexasToast Aug 28, 2006 09:03 PM
Has anyone used the special "Black Salt" that comes from Pakistan?
Does it really add something more to a dish than Kosher or Sea Salt?
black salt is a distinct product which has a sulphurous flavor which some people love and others not - its used mainly in chaat and veg or fruit salad dishes. Its a special rock salt mined in India. Not interchangeable with ordinary or sea salt. that website is a little halfbaked in its descriptions.
Nah, just go to the local Indian grocer or get whatever you see online. But - don't leave it in a twist-tied bag. Get a proper bottle for it. The stench -er- aroma seems to dissipate after a while if not tightly sealed.
Don't use it in salt quantities. More like 1/8 tsp for four servings to start with. While up close the odor is foul, when diluted properly the flavor is remniscent of eggs, or ham, or perhaps mushrooms. So it's a very useful thing for adding a sensation of heartiness to vegan meals.
Or you can get totally addicted to lightly sprinkling it over cut ripe mango.
re: jen kalb
for knowing that, you are nominated an honorary indian.
fyi, black salt is also eaten straight - though thats mainly a school kid thing, bought from street vendors. do you know aam papad (mango papad)? thats dried out sheets of mango - a little dab of black salt can sometimes make aam papad transcendental.
in any case, aam papad by itself is stupendous. i see it here in london occasionally, but i've never noticed any in ny. if patel bros. carries it, see if you can find any non-gujju version - as usual, the gujjus sweeten things up.
Indian black salt is as noted slightly sulphurous. The first time I encountered it was on roasted cashews, to which it gave a bit of a hard-boiled egg yolk aroma and flavor. Weird but kind of good. They also put it in lemonade for a sort of natural sports drink.
Black Salt is actually Potassium Chloride which is commonly used as a salt substitute.
I love Indian Food, and my favorite use of Black Salt (also called Sanchal) is to make a refreshing drink called "Salty Lassi".
It contains 1 cup of plain fat-free yogurt, 2 C. cold water, 1/2 teas. Black Salt (I usually use at least 3/4 - 1 Teas, but it may take some folks a while to get used to the taste, so I'd start out small), 1/2 Teas. powdered cumin, ground Red Cayenne Pepper to taste or a chopped pickled jalapeno pepper.
Mix all ingredients together in blender and pour over ice in tall glass. This is a cool, refreshing summer drink and is dietetic when made with non-fat yogurt.