Why We Love: Black Salt by Roki Prunali
After Tamu’s return from The Ranch Malibu, she definitely tried to stick to the diet regime as much as she could, obviously a bit more difficult when you no longer have a chef making those raw dishes so scrumptious. One habit she took with her is the use of black salt. I noticed her one day eating an apple sprinkling black salt on it, undoubtedly intrigued I kindly asked her what she was doing. Stunned that I have not heard of black salt, she told me to look it up. And that is what I did Pretty Birds, and now I am here to share with you what I found on black salt.
To make you even more curious, there are three different types of black salt: black ritual salt, black lava salt and black Indian salt. We can exclude the black ritual salt for purposes of the kitchen because it is used to drive away evil and negative energy in certain purification and protection rites. Black lava salt you may have seen in places like Hawaii, because it is the mixture of sea salt blended with charcoal from shores of volcanic beaches. While this salt is used for more of the finishing touches, the black salt that is mostly used in recipes is the Indian black salt, also known as kala namak. This is also an Indian volcanic rock salt, with the process starting with Himalayan Pink Salt or sodium chloride being heated with high temperatures and then mixed with Indian spices and herbs. The taste is quite distinctive due to the presence of sulfur, so just think hard boiled eggs.
Why should we be adding black salt to our diet? There have been anecdotal claims from Ayurvedic healers that this salt can be therapeutic. It is considered a cooling spice so it aids in digestive problems such as constipation indigestion, heartburn, bloating and flatulence. It tends to have less sodium than table salt, therefore, very helpful for those of you with high blood pressure or on low salt diets.
Indian black salt is integrated into many Indian dishes, including chutneys, yogurts, salads and on all kinds of fruit. Hence, Tamu sprinkling it on her apples. It is very famous in vegan recipes, for the exact reason of the taste of hard-boiled eggs, it mimics the taste while still keeping your dish completely vegan.
Have you Pretty Birds tried black salt?