Homemade Eno Fruit Salt

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Homemade Eno Fruit Salt
Now no more hunting of Eno. Neither any need to store it. Make instant Eno using 2 very simple ingredients.

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Eno fruit salt is commonly used both in the first-aid box and also in the kitchen. The Eno which is used for treating acidity, the same Eno is used for instant fermentation of food items also.
 Eno is really helpful in making instant idli, dhokla etc. Without waiting for hours, we can easily ferment the batter within minutes and we get nice fluffy goodies.
A few months back, my son Siddharth demanded to have vegetable idli. I started preparations and at the last minute, at the time of adding Eno, I started hunting for it and realised that as usual there was no Eno in the house.
I had tried with baking soda earlier but that was a total disaster.
And then I started flipping pages of my diary and I got something noted down there. I decided to give it a try, as it is I had no other option.
When I used it, first of all, I saw the same fizz in the batter. And after steaming, idlis were double in size and super soft too. Exactly the way we get with Eno.
Believe me, since then I have just forgotten Eno. No hassle of keeping it in stock. Every time I make my instant Eno with ingredients easily available in the kitchen only.
This Eno can be taken for acidity also.
Actually, if you see the composition of Eno, you will find that Eno is 60% baking soda and 40% citric acid. There is some percentage of salt also but we are not considering it here as the dishes we prepare normally have salt added to them.
So, the combination of using these two ingredients gives exactly the same effect as of  Eno. In place of lemon juice, you can also use citric acid or some other souring agent like vinegar.

Yes, just mix baking soda and lemon juice and that’s it. And, homemade Eno fruit salt is ready.

You will see the same bubbles and same fluffiness. No pungent smell of baking soda.
Scientifically, soda bicarbonate reacts with acid only. If there is no acid or insufficient acid then there will be no reaction. In that case, soda bicarbonate will taste pungent. This is the reason when I used only Baking soda then the idlis neither puffed up nor tasted good.
We add Eno in the end just before steaming. So in this case also, when you have made the batter sprinkle Baking soda over it and on it squeeze lemon juice. As soon as you put lemon juice, you will see the reaction…. the bubbles all over. Now gently mix it and steam it.
Alternatively, you can take Baking soda in a bowl, add lemon juice and then put this mixture over the batter. Either way, you can use it.
Also, I would like to mention here that it is a common practice in Gujarat and in Jain Community. They use this only instead of Eno.
You have to use it like you use Eno. Whatever quantity of Eno you use, take that much Baking soda only and squeeze lemon juice over it. You can use distilled white vinegar also in place of lemon juice.
Though normally I use it with approximation only.
But this time when I made instant semolina idli, I noted measurements too.
For 200 grams of semolina, I used 1/2 tsp baking soda and on it squeezed around 1/2 lemon’s juice. You may increase the quantity of juice if the lemon is too small or not very juicy. Idlis came out perfect as you can see in the pic. Thus,

1/2 Tsp Eno = 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda + 1/2 Lemon’s  juice (or 1 Tsp)

Made with Homemade Eno Fruit Salt

Using Homemade Eno Fruit Salt  For Acidity

Take a glass of water. Add a pinch of rock salt and juice of half lemon. Add 1/4 tsp (heaped) Baking Soda. You will get the fizz. Consume it immediately.

In 200 ml Water add 1/8 tsp Rock Salt + 1/2 lemon’s juice (or 1 Tsp)+ 1/4 tsp Baking Soda

In case you use citric acid then take 1/4 tsp of it. This ratio is for 200 ml of water.

Also, take care that you first add lemon juice to the water. This is because baking soda reacts with acid only and not otherwise. If you first add baking soda then it will not be effective.

Homemade Eno Fruit Salt
 So no more hunting of Eno. Make it conveniently in your home and cook the delicious goodies.

Recipe Of Homemade Eno

How To Make Eno At Home

No more hunting of Eno.  No hassle of keeping it in stock. Make instant Eno with ingredients easily available in the kitchen only.

Course Drinks
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Eno Fruit Salt Recipe, Eno Recipe, Homemade Eno, How To Make Eno At Home, Instant Eno
Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute
Author Samira Gupta


For Fermenting Idli etc.

  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Lemon's Juice (1 teaspoon) or 1/2 teaspoon Vinegar

For Acidity

  • 200 ml Water
  • 1/8 teaspoon Rock Salt
  • 1/2 Lemon's Juice or 1/4 teaspoon Citric Acid
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda


For Fermenting Idli etc

  1. For 200 g semolina batter, sprinkle 1/2 tsp baking soda and on it squeeze lemon juice.

  2. Immediately you will see bubbles, mix everything and steam.

  3. The given measurements are equivalent to 1/2 teaspoon Eno.

For Acidity

  1. Take water in a glass.

  2. Add salt.

  3. Add lemon juice or citric acid. Mix it.

  4. Add Baking Soda.



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