Recently updated on May 30th, 2020
Homemade Eno Fruit Salt recipe is a simple and easy recipe using only 2 ingredients.
So, now no more hunting of Eno. Neither any need to store it as you can easily make instant Eno in your own kitchen using 2 very simple ingredients.
What are those 2 ingredients? Let’s see.
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Homemade Eno At My Place
Whether its instant idli or instant besan dhokla or needed for treating acidity, I use my homemade Eno only and results are perfect. No hassle of keeping it in stock. Every time I make my instant Eno with ingredients easily available in the kitchen only.
Few years back, this was not the case. Even i used readymade eno. But what happened was that most of the time, it used to solidify in the bottle only and could not be used. And if bought sachets, then though kept them in my first-aid box only but somehow, those were not there when I needed them in the kitchen.
One fine day, as I was making instant Rawa idli then just before baking, at the time of adding eno, I realised that it wasn’t there. Now, what to do? So, as I flipped pages of my recipe diary, i saw this recipe of homemade eno written there. I had not tried it earlier but as i had no option so thought of giving it a try. I had baking soda, as I bake lot of cakes and lemon was also there.
So, started my first experiment with homemade eno. The moment i mixed the two, frothy bubbles, which looked exactly like that of Eno, somehow assured me that it would work. And after the Idlis got steamed, they puffed up beautifully and were soft too.
Since then, there is no Eno at my place. I mix baking soda and lemon juice whenever I need it for instant fermentation or for treating acidity.
Homemade Eno Vs Store-Bought Eno
This homemade Eno Fruit salt is equally effective as the one bought from the store and can be used in the kitchen as well for treating acidity.
Before we dig further into the ingredients and other details, let us understand what actually Fruit Salt is.
What is Fruit Salt?
Fruit Salt is basically an antacid commonly used for treating acidity problems.
What is Eno Fruit Salt?
Eno is a brand name of a fruit salt and is the most common brand of fruit salt in the market. People use Eno as some magic medicine without realising that it is actually baking soda along with citric acid. I know somebody, who is very much against having baking soda in her house but freely use Eno. Strange, but true!
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 and 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.
Composition Of Eno Fruit Salt
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 the 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.
Difference between Eno and Baking Soda
Eno and Baking soda are not same! Eno is a much broader term than baking soda.
Though it is clear to you by now but still. Eno is a compound made up of three chemicals, namely, Baking soda, citric acid, and salt. Whereas, Baking soda is just one chemical which is sodium bicarbonate.
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.
Therefore, if you use only baking soda without citric acid or lemon juice then your idlis or dhokla will neither puff up nor taste good.
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Homemade Eno Salt In Jain Community
Also, I would like to mention here that it is a common practice in Gujarat and in Jain Community to use this homemade Eno only.
2 Methods Of Making Eno At Home
Here, I am sharing 2 methods of making Eno at home.
- With Citric Acid in powder form: It can be easily stocked in your kitchen/first aid box.
- With lemon juice: In this, ingredients are mixed as and when required.
How To Make Eno In Powder Form With Citric Acid
Note: Before I share this method, I want to make it clear that make this in small quantity only and keep it fully dry in an airtight bottle only. This is because when mixed, citric acid and baking soda react with each other, and thus the mix gets solidified. This is the reason, why readymade Eno in bottle also gets solid after a while. And thus they came up with sachets. So you also, keep citric acid and baking soda separately with you and mix in small quantities only.
- Gather all the ingredients.
- And mix all three, citric acid, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
- Your homemade Eno fruit salt is ready.
- Fill it in an airtight container.
- Use it exactly the way you use store-bought Eno.
Tip: Do shake this bottle once a week. This way, if any solidification has started, would be dispersed. If not able to shake, then mix using a spoon/knife. This is the only way you can keep this Eno powder for long period.
How To Use Homemade Eno With Lemon Juice In Kitchen
When using lemon juice then we make Eno instantly. This Eno is not stored in a bottle but is made as and when required. This is my favourite method as I make it when required. The steps to do so are as follows:
- 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.
- Or, 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.
- 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.
- For 200 grams of semolina, use 1/2 tsp baking soda and on it squeeze 1 Tbsp lemon juice. Idlis came out perfect as you can see in the pic. Thus,
1/2 Tsp Eno = 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda + 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
Using Homemade Eno With Lemon Juice For Acidity
Take a glass of water. Add a pinch of rock salt and juice of the 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 Tbsp lemon Juice + 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
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.
Recipe Card Of Homemade Eno Fruit Salt
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.
In Powder Form With Citric Acid (Makes 50 g Eno)
- 2 Tbsp (30 g) Baking Soda
- 4 teaspoon (20 g) Citric Acid
- 1/2 teaspoon Rock Salt
With Lemon Juice
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
- 1/8 teaspoon Rock Salt
In Powder Form With Citric Acid
Grind citric acid to get it in powdered form. Ensure that there is no moisture.
Mix powdered citric acid, baking soda and salt nicely. Your homemade Eno is ready. Store it in an airtight container.
Use it like your normal Eno.
With Lemon Juice
For Instant Fermentation
For 200 g semolina batter, sprinkle 1/2 tsp baking soda and on it squeeze lemon juice.
Immediately you will see bubbles, mix everything and steam.
Take water in a glass.
Add salt and lemon juice. Mix it.
Add Baking Soda.
- Regarding powdered method, I want to make it clear that make this in small quantity only and keep it fully dry in an airtight bottle only. This is because when mixed citric acid and baking soda react with each other, it may get moist and also loses its effectiveness after some time. So, keep citric acid and baking soda separately with you and mix in small quantities only, as given here.
When you store it in powdered form then do shake this bottle once a week. This way, solidification if any, would be dispersed. If not able to shake, then mix using a spoon/knife. This is the only way you can keep this Eno powder for long period.
- Powdered form Eno is just like readymade Eno and is to used exactly like that only.
- I have rounded off the quantity of baking soda and citric acid just for the ease of making it.
Conclusion: To sum up,
I would say that using baking soda along with lemon juice is a perfect eno recipe.
I hope you have found this info plus recipe of homemade Eno useful and will give it a try when needed.
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