Fleur de sel. You've probably heard celebrity chefs throw the word around. You've seen them sprinkle it on dishes and perhaps wanted to do the same only to be deterred by the hefty price tag. So what is fleur de sel and what makes it so special?
You'll get plenty of answers from this phenomenal visual guide from Salts Worldwide. Fleur de sel, which translates to flower of salt, is hand harvested in Guerande, France. It is composed of the finest crystals skimmed off the top of salt ponds using traditional methods passed down through generations.
Considered the finest of sea salts, it has a moist texture and is rich in minerals like calcium, magnesium and potassium. It's best to use it as a finishing salt since a single ounce retails at over $2.
Dal is one of those recipes that goes all the way back to the Indus Valley Civilisation. Unlike dishes such as biryani, brought to India by the Moghuls, it is one of those foods that has always been there. It is therefore a building block of Indian culture.