Foodies around the world, there’s a new food trend that’s been doing the rounds for quite some time now and it’s black! If you’re any bit familiar with social media and have a penchant for keeping up with the latest foods to try, then you know better than most about the charcoal-infused food trend that’s been taking not just restaurant owners and chefs; but also, Instagram users and foodies, by storm.
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The first time I heard about a black burger was roughly two years ago when Burger King and Carl’s Jr were introducing their signature black burgers—that’s what we lesser informed called them—in India. Today, since we’re better informed, we know that charcoal has become a trendsetting food fad that cafes, restaurants and chefs are experimenting with. And it’s not just limited to burgers anymore. From freakshakes to icecreams and every edible morsel in between, charcoal is painting our palates black.
“Pitch-black indeed is the new food colour with the evolution and inclusion charcoal powder as an ingredient in dishes. It adds a unique character to the presentation like color, texture, and flavor which enhances the aesthetic appeal of the dish,” says Saurabh Udinio, Chef de Cuisine at Modern Indian Massive Restaurants Pvt. Ltd.
How Is It Created?
The activated charcoal used as an ingredient in foods, is a bi-product of burning coconut shells, wood, or other plant materials. Nishant Choubey, Corporate Chef, The Roseate and New Roseate House, tells us, that activated charcoal should not be heated directly. “One can make it easily at home by burning wood, coconut shell or coal. The ash can then be filtered with calcium chloride and used. Activated charcoal tablets can also be easily sourced from chemists. Unless used properly it might get the dish totally wrong,” he says.
According to Dr. Jeffrey Morrison, a family practice physician and certified nutritional specialist, the charcoal is…