Black salt has a sulfurous flavor, and is an acquired taste for most people. It pacifies Vata and increases Pitta and Kapha. It contributes the salty taste and has a heating quality.
In ayurveda, black salt is considered an aid to digestion. Ground with ajwain and lemon juice and eaten, black salt helps balance the digestion. A couple of pinches of black salt and ⅛ tsp. dry-roasted ground cumin can be used to make digestive lassi. Black salt, with lemon and cilantro, is used to make a dressing for spicy fruit salsa or chickpea salads.