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Kala namak (Hindi) or bire noon (Nepalese; literally “black salt”) is a type of rock salt, a salty and pungent-smelling condiment used in South Asia. It is also known as Himalayan black salt, Sulemani namak, bit lobon, kala noon, or pada loon. It is found mostly in the Himalayas of Nepal.
The condiment is composed largely of sodium chloride with several other components lending the salt its colour and smell. The smell is mainly due to its sulphur content. Because of the presence of greigite in the mineral, it forms brownish pink to dark violet translucent crystals when whole. When ground into a powder, its colour ranges from purple to pink.
Bire noon has also been used for its perceived medical qualities.
Production of Black Salt
The raw material for pr...Read More