Introduction: Chalt 2 - Bringing Chilli to Every Meal
In my previous instructable "Chalt, the condiment of 2012 and beyond" I detailed how to make chilli salt using the method of frying and baking chillies with salt https://www.instructables.com/id/Chalt-The-condiment-for-2012-and-beyond/.
The result was pretty good but the process was pretty hazardous and there were still problems with moisture in the salt. So taking in some suggestions and with a bit of lateral thinking I decided to try a different method.
I am currently staying in the middle of nowhere away from any shops so I had to use what was laying around. Luckily I had some salt and some chillies, so that was enough for a proof of concept.
Now a quick warning (the first one) - If you live with people it may beneficial to explain that you are in fact making Chalt and that you have not resorted to cooking Meth for money (you will see what I mean later).
The second warning: The fumes from this process are, although I think pretty harmless, quite noxious. I had to abandon my hob top boiling because where I am now there is no extractor and I was choking everyone in the house. I will explain how I tried to get around this during the instructable.
Anyway here it is Chalt 2: "Salt but not as we no it."
Step 1: Chillies, Salt and Water (and a Little Dash of Vinegar)
I only had a little salt left in the house and a couple of chillies so as I mentioned earlier this is a more a proof of method. I will say the results are good taste-wise but I have some tweeks to make yet. This does make some damn tasty salt though!
Okay, get your chillies, chop 'em up and put them in a pan of water. Basically you are trying to infuse as much chilli essence into the water as you can. I added a bit of vinegar to the water because I thought it might bring out a little more of the chilli. Take the pan to the boil.
After around 10 to 15 minutes of boiling heavily clutch at your throat and start choking. Let water stream from your eyes and snot roll from you nose. Once everyone in the house is doing the same then this stage is complete. (Note: you may want to skip this step and infuse slowly in the oven as I decided to half way through. As suggested by someone in my last instructable).
Step 2: Infusion and Straining
After the water and chillies have infused in the water (I left them steeping for a while, a couple of days would be best) strain thoroughly through a fine mesh or muslin. There you have your chilli water. Taste it for potency.
At this point re-heat the water and dissolve salt in until saturation point is reached. That is the point at which no more salt will dissolve in the solution.
You now have you Chalt solution.
The second photo shows the strained liquid in a silicon baking tray.
Step 3: Baking
I then put the solution in the oven on 120 degrees C to let it evaporate off. This could be done slower, or in the sun if you are so blessed. i just wanted results.
The result is these rather dirty looking crystals. I ground them fine and stuck em in the oven again to get the rest of the moisture out. I left it to cool and there you have it "Chalt".
I think next time longer evaporation times, maybe a little crystal garden. Basically, I want big crystals.
Have ago and give us some feed back. any ideas on making cleaner looking Chalt.
Step 4: Mix and Grind
Use with no caution.