Homemade Eno Fruit salt / How to make Eno at home/ Difference between Eno and baking soda
Eno fruit salt is commonly used both in the first-aid box and also in the kitchen. It is used for treating acidity and the same Eno is used for instant fermentation of food items.
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.