Kala Namak or Black Salt is a special type of Indian mineral salt. It is actually pinkish grey rather than black and has a very distinctive sulfurous mineral taste. This Black Salt is used in Indian cuisine as a condiment and is added to chaats, chutneys, raitas and many other savory Indian snacks.
The ‘Black salt’ is collected from deep mines in India in black-brown salt blocks and contains several important minerals, including iron and sulfur. When it is ground, it becomes brown pink and has a light taste of sulphur.
Kala Namak is used sparingly in the preparation of raitas, yogurt dishes, salads, and even fruit salads. Also a welcome addition as a finishing salt to fried noodle and rice dishes. It is not recommended as a cooking salt, as the sulfur tends to overpower. Kala Namak is very popular with vegans, vegetarians, and Ayurveda devotees, who appreciate its cooling effect and digestive qualities.
Used in Indian cuisine as a condiment
Added to chaats, chutneys, raitas and many other savory Indian snacks