Pahadi Sil Loon (Namak)
Traditional Pahari salts from Uttarakhand come in a variety of flavours and colours
Despite being used in practically all dishes, salt is an ingredient that most of us scarcely give a second thought to. But not all salts are created equal. One needs only to go as far as Uttarakhand to find a tradition of exotic iterations of the staple seasoning.
Sil loon are a variety of colourful, flavoured salts traditionally found in Garhwal and kumaoun regions within Uttarakhand. Literally translating to ‘ground salt’, these pahadi namaks are made by combining rock salt and fresh herbs and spices in a sil-batta, imparting unique colours and flavours.