The raw material for producing Pink salt, was originally obtained from mines in Northern India and Pakistan and, in certain locations of the Himalayan Salt ranges, or from salt harvested from the North Indian salt lakes of Sambhar or Didwana.
The salt crystals appear black in color, and are usually ground to a fine powder which is pink in color. This powder is used as a condiment or added to chaats, chutneys,, Pani for Pani Purih- one main ingredient- salt. Many f other savory Indian snacks. The packaged Indian Snacks mostly have some Black salt. Kala Namak-Hindi and in Gujarati it is called Sanchal. It is also known as Black Salt . This is a kind of Rock Salt with sulfur-thus giving pungent smell.
Chaat Masala, an Indian spice blend, is dependent upon black salt for its characteristic sulfurous hard-boiled egg aroma. Those who are not accustomed to black salt often describe the smell as extremely pungent. It is considered a cooling spice in Ayurvedic medicine and is used as a Laxative and digestive aid.
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