This salt is not for the faint hearted! Black salt, also known as Himalayan Black Salt, Indian Black Salt or Kala Namak, is a volcanic rock salt found in the regions surrounding the Himalayas. It contains, in addition to sodium chloride (the key chemical compound of salt), traces of sulphur compounds naturally found in the Himalayan mountains. This sulphur content is what gives the salt its unique pungent smell and tangy taste, reminiscent of rotten eggs.
Kala Namak not only has many uses in Indian and Asian cuisine, in such dishes as pickles, salads, chutneys, raitas, and fruit salads, but it also enhances umami flavours - bringing an extra layer of complexity to any recipe. It's also a popular addition to Vegan food as an egg substitute such as vegan scrambled eggs, frittata or fried rice.