November 21, 2010

Scrambled Tofu with Edamame and Black Salt

This month KO Rasoi is ecstatic to be taking part in the International Incident Salt Party hosted by Penny from the delicious blog Jeroxie: Addictive and Consuming.

Every month the party has a different theme and each participant creates a dish based on that. They post on the same day and at the same time- just like a regular party. This month’s theme is salt and dull it certainly isn’t.

There are hundreds of different salts used for various purposes and they all have their own individual flavours. Some are mellow, some sharp and some completely bizarre. For your feasting pleasure, I picked the salt with the oddest flavour I could possibly think of. Black salt. The crystals of this salt are black, but when they’re ground into a fine powder they take on a dusty pink hue. Gorgeous. And peculiar.

Probably every Indian will have tasted black salt (or kala namak/sanchar) and if you ask them what it tastes like they will grin from ear to ear. You see, black salt may appear to be sitting pretty in pink but one whiff of it and you’ll be wondering on of two things:

A) Who’s been cooking eggs?
B) Who ate a too many chickpeas and now has gas?

I’m sorry I had to put it so bluntly but it’s the only way to emphasise the pungent, sulphurous smell and taste of this notoriously whiffy Indian salt. When used in cooking it takes on a mellow but distinctive taste which is characteristic of classical Indian favourites. They just wouldn’t be the same without it.

Black salt is used in plenty of Indian dishes and you have probably eaten it lots of times without even realising it. It’s a common ingredient in chaat, pani puri, tamarind chutney, salted lassi, raita, dhai vada (lentil dumplings in spiced yogurt sauce) and the super famous Indian ‘sweet’ Hajmola! When I say ‘sweet’ I mean a salty, spicy digestive aid. All together now, ‘Mmm!’

There’s no better way to make use of black salt than in a faux egg dish. Scrambled tofu yearns for a sulphurous twang, and black salt is just the ticket! This dish makes a great breakfast just by itself or on toast and it’s really good for you. Please don’t be put off or intimidated by black salt because it’s such a beautiful and wholly unique ingredient which, when used in the right way is surprisingly mouthwatering.

You could also try:

1) Sprinkling a little black salt, chilli flakes and chopped coriander over crisp French fries.
2) Making a date and tamarind chutney with lots of black salt, chilli and fennel powder.
3) Tossing raw, sliced green apples and pieces of green mango into a dressing of olive oil, black salt and black pepper.

Scrambled Tofu with Edamame and Black Salt
(serves 2-4)


2 cups silken tofu, mashed lightly with a fork
¼ cup edamame, shelled and cooked
½ tsp oil
1 small onion, chopped finely
2 small hot green chillies, minced
½ tsp cumin seed powder
½ tsp cumin seeds
½ tsp coriander seed powder
½ tsp turmeric
¼ tsp black salt
1 tbsp double cream (optional)
Chopped coriander to garnish


1. Heat the oil in the pan and add the cumin seeds, chillies and onion. Sauté until the onions are translucent.

2. Add the edamame, cumin seed powder, coriander seed powder and turmeric. Cook for a minute or so until aromatic.

3. Add the tofu and black salt and cook on a medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Stir in the cream and remove from the heat.

4. Garnish with chopped coriander and serve on toast or my favourite way- in a bowl with a spoon!

Thanks to Penny for hosting this party. I look forward to seeing all of the other entries and can’t wait to take part in another!

Enjoy your spicy, creamy Scrambled Tofu because regular old Scrambled Eggs just went out of fashion at this salt party!

Don’t forget to check out all of the other entries- the participants are listed below!

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20 responses to “Scrambled Tofu with Edamame and Black Salt”

  1. leaf (the indolent cook) says:

    This looks and sounds so healthy and delicious!

  2. Sharmilee! :) says:

    Fresh clicks

  3. 5 Star Foodie says:

    This sounds very yummy and flavorful with the addition of black salt!

  4. Tamar1973 says:

    I should tell all my vegetarians friends who haven't figured out how to make tofu scramble actually taste something like eggs to check this out.

  5. msihua says:

    Oh god! That was funny… ahahahha.. who ate too many chickpeas and has gas..!!! HAHAHAHAH… well written post!

  6. Foodiva says:

    This tofu dish really does look like scrambled eggs! I've never had black salt before (knowingly, at least). I don't even know how it looks like.. 🙂

  7. Jaisy James says:

    looks yummy n nice click 2

  8. says:

    Lovely recipe and you are right about sanchar it has avery definate and distinctive aroma.

  9. Priya says:

    Fabulous scrambled tofu..

  10. Trix says:

    Haha, I am one of those dummies who bought black salt thinking "oh my it's a pretty pink color," then got home and smelled it and … ahem! Let's just say your descriptions are perfect. "Whiffy," indeed. But as always, your dish is so lovely that it definitely now gives me a direction (and inspiration) for how to use it properly.

  11. Liz Marr, MS, RD says:

    That looks delicious – love the addition of edamame.

  12. Vaishali Sharma says:

    Looks very delicious! Lovely clicks!

  13. Torviewtoronto says:

    delicious dish
    lovely explanation on black salt

  14. says:

    yum! this looks super tasty and super healthy…great photos too 🙂 thx for sharing!

  15. Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal says:

    wow, love this version of tofu.

  16. Karen says:

    What a great post…I've never used black salt before. Good to know a little about it. I love the idea of sprinkling it over fries…sounds interesting.
    Your tofu dish looks yummy…lots of great flavors. Congrats on the Top 9!

  17. Martica says:

    I love tofu and this dish looks yummmm.

  18. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets says:

    Wow it really looks like soft scrambled eggs! Delicious dish and I just happen to have some black salt I bought on a whim.

  19. Hannah says:

    Black salt really is such a wonderful ingredient, it's a shame it's so obscure for the most part. I'd never make a tofu scramble without at least a pinch!

  20. penny aka jeroxie says:

    I tried black salt before. Yes… they did smell like eggs. Very intriguing indeed. Next time I will attempt this tofu scramble.. great idea!

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