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Himalayan Herb salts are a part of a very special tradition and flavour from Uttarakhand. They evoke a pinch full of living, folk song echoing in valleys, a happy chorus followed by spirited giggles, the rhythmic breaking of salt granules, and the flavourful burst of herbs and spices on the coarse sil-batta (traditional mortar-pestles). Born in the Himalayas, The Pahadi Story introduces a very special collection of authentic Himalayan Herb salts, inspired by the goodness of nature and the purity of ingredients sourced from the hills.

Bhang Dana (hemp seeds), Timur (schichua pepper), Pudina, and Mixed Herbs & Spices are four distinct flavours. They literally translate to “ground salt” and are made from recipes from the state of Uttarakhand. Pahadi namaks are made by combining Himalayan rock salt, Himalayan fresh herbs and spices, and ‘sil-batta’ using age-old techniques passed down from generation to generation.

Made with great love and care by pahadi folk women farmers, they carry the warmth and care of hand-made goodness with them. The manufacturing process preserves the aroma and flavour of the natural ingredients. Pisyun Loon is a non-processed, all-natural food that is high in micronutrients and a healthy addition to your daily diet.

A treasured culinary craft passed down through generations. The work of tenacious Pahadi women who are synonymous with grit and bravado. Sil-batta is like a member of their family to them. It contains a variety of flavours. And the act of making Pisyun Loon is pure joy; a group of women sit together and hand-ground the salt while singing traditional Chinese songs.

Makrana marble was used to make the flat mortar-and-pestle grinder known as sil-batta or pata-varvanta. The origins of sil-battas can be traced back to the Tittiriya Samhita, a ritual manual written during the Vedic period. The smaller stone (Batta) is moved back and forth on the larger stone (Sil) to grind the ingredients to the desired consistency. Because of the harsh winters and lack of vegetation, Pisyun Loon has long been a companion of rotis and parathas for the people of Uttarakhand.

Freshly ground spices have a distinct aroma and fragrance that enhances the flavour and healthfulness of the food. The vigorous movement of the stones generates heat, which combines with the natural oil of the spices and other ingredients, bringing out all of the flavours that make the food delicious.

Pisyun Loon is a non-processed, all-natural food that is high in micronutrients and a nutritious addition to your daily diet. Improves digestion. Immune system booster. Beneficial to the Respiratory System.

Pravin Shah, Founder of The Pahadi Story says: “Our products are a representation of what we believe in; to love and to give. Not just to society but through providing nurture and care with our efforts in building our surroundings. With our recent launch of The Pahadi Salts, we have aimed to bring about a healthier alternative to seasoning salts. These blends are extremely unique and pleasing, leaving your palate satisfied and giving you the taste that you desire. Curated carefully with love and compassion with our Pahadi farmers, these blends are a perfect medley of warmth and nourishment.”

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