Black Salt Kala Namak
Black salt kala namak sanchal unrefined mineral salt
Black salt / Kala namak / Sanchal / Unrefined Mineral Salt
100g - 3.5 oz
Black salt (Hindi काला नमक kala namak or sanchal) is an unrefined mineral salt that is actually pinkish gray and has a strong sulfuric flavor. Black salt is mined in India and is used extensively in Indian cuisine as a condiment or added to chaats, chutneys, raitas and many other savory Indian snacks. Chaat masala, an Indian spice blend, is dependent upon black salt for its characteristic aroma and flavor. Chemically, black salt is sodium chloride, with iron, sulfurous compounds and trace minerals.
Black salt is considered a cooling spice in ayurvedic medicine and is used as a laxative and digestive aid. It is also believed to relieve intestinal gas and heartburn. It is sometimes used by people with high blood pressure or on low-salt diets because it is thought to be lower in sodium and purportedly does not increase sodium content in the blood.
Black salt is appreciated by vegans in dishes that mimic the taste of eggs. It is used, for example, to spice tofu to mimic an egg salad.
Black Salt (known as Kala Namak or Sanchal in Hindi) is a special type of Indian volcanic rock salt. It is actually
purple-ish/pinkish grey rather than black and has a very distinctive sulfurous mineral taste, rather like hard boiled
It is mined from the volcanic regions of Pakistan and India.
Black Salt is used in Indian cuisine as a condiment and adds its distictive flavour to tangy fresh salads called 'chaats', and also in fresh chutneys, snacks, pickles, raitas (yogurt-based salads) and many other savoury Indian items. It is sometimes used to flavour tall summer cool drinks like the famous cumin-scented Jal Jeera.
According to India's classical medical science, Ayurveda, black salt is full of therapeutic benefits. It is rich in iron, and is a cure for flatulence and heartburn.
According to Ayurveda doctors, sea and especially rock salt are the most beneficial forms of salt because unlike ordinary salt, they don't increase the sodium content of blood and are therefore recommended for patients with high blood pressure. It is also a rejuvenator while aiding digestion and improving eyesight.