Hot salt frying

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Hot salt frying and hot sand frying are cooking techniques used by street-side food vendors in Pakistan, China and India.[1] Hot sand frying is one of the oldest cooking techniques in the world, and is used in villages throughout Asia and other parts of the world.

Hot salt frying[edit]

In Pakistan, hot salt frying is mostly used by street vendors to cook corn. Rock salt is preheated in a wok. Either the whole corn or individual kernels are buried in the salt and occasionally turned.

Coarse sea salt is placed in a large wok and heated to a high temperature. Dry food items, such as eggs in shell, are buried in the hot salt and occasionally turned with a spatula.

In India,[1] this technique is used by street vendors selling shelled peanuts or popcorn cooked in salt heated in an iron wok.

At times beef steak is fried in this manner - by preheating the frying-pan and salt and the placing steak on it on one side for a minute and then on the other side for two minutes depending on the thickness and how well one wants it.[citation needed]

Hot sand frying[edit]

Chestnuts in hot black sand, prepared by a street-side hawker.

Hot sand frying is a common cooking technique[2] for street-side food vendors in China and India to cook chestnuts and peanuts. A large wok is filled with black sand and heated to high temperature. Nuts are buried in the hot sand and occasionally turned with a spatula, then the sand and nuts are separated through a wire-mesh screen. Hot sand frying is also used in many villages throughout Asia. A common cooking technique in villages is to wrap fish or other meat in a banana leaf, tie it off, and then place the banana leaf in the heated sand one side at a time. Puffed rice is also a common snack in India and is one of their oldest foods. The puffed rice is made by heating sand in a wok over a fire in a traditional Indian stove, then pouring the rice into the sand and quickly stirring the rice. The puffed rice is then quickly removed with a metal sieve and set to cool. Many other foods are fried with hot sand, even in common households because it is a healthy, oil-free, cheap way to cook without needing any fancy household appliances such as an air cooker.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Technique: Hot Salt Frying". Foodista. Retrieved 21 June 2013.[unreliable source?]
  2. ^ "Cooking School". Cooking School Info Site (website). Accessed May 2010. Archived March 6, 2012, at the Wayback Machine