Kala namak is also known as Himalayan black salt. It’s a secret ingredient – especially in the vegan cuisine – because it adds an eggy taste and smell which makes it perfect for tofu scramble (the alternative for scrambled eggs) or eggy spaetzle.
What is kala namak?
Kala Namak is a Himalayan black salt, in its rock-form it’s violet to black, when ground it’s pink in color. Due to its high sulfur content, it’s perfect for all dishes that profit from an “eggy” taste and smell. It’s unreal. You have to try it to understand it. It literally changed my cooking so much!
How to use kala namak?
Thanks to the eggy taste and smell, kala namak is perfect for breakfast foods such as tofu scramble and chickpea omelets. I also love to make „eggy“ spaetzle with kala namak (you wouldn’t know the difference to regular spaetzle made with eggs).
Keep in mind, kala namak is salt. If you want to add the eggy taste of kala namak in a dish, then reduce the regular salt amount or substitute it completely.
Where to buy kala namak?
I usually buy kala namak at an Indian grocery store, it’s probably the cheapest way to get it! My favorite brand is TRS. It’s already ground really fine and perfect to use in the dishes. I absolutely recommend getting it as fine as possible.
You can also buy kala namak online or if you’re lucky at a health food store or exotic foods or spices aisle in the supermarket. It’s worth keeping an eye out!