Taste of South Sudan

Kombo Natural Salt for Cooking African Food | Taste of South Sudan

Regular price $20.00 USD
Sale price $20.00 USD Regular price
Kombo, a traditional salt from South Sudan.

Kombo is a strong alkali solution, an alternative name is lye. Chemically it contains a mix of sodium hydroxides, potassium phosphates and potassium carbonates. In South Sudan and many parts of Africa it is made by running water through ashes from cooking. Place the ashes in a pot with holes at the bottom, run water through the ashes, and the liquid that leaches out into a receiving container is called Kombo. To get a quality Kombo solution, our grandmothers knew to select dried stems from legumes, groundnuts, and papaya stems. The strong alkali solution breaks down the hard cellulose fibers in dark leafy greens that otherwise take forever to cook. Kombo is hard to measure, it is titrated based on taste, and based on the quantity of food being cooked.
Kombo imparts to meals an extra taste that is unlike salty, sweet, acidic or bitter; an additional taste highly favored in African cuisine. A taste that is similar to savory Umami flavor. Kombo is added to meals cooked with smoked meat or smoked fish, and to meals that call for peanut butter, greens and okra.

This Kombo is made by South Sudanese women refugees in the Bidibidi and Belameling camps in Uganda. Your purchase helps these women provide for their children.

Measured by taste and adjusted for recipe quantity as follows:
1. Make a Kombo solution: Mix 1/2 teaspoon dehydrated Kombo with 1/4 cup of water in a glass. Let it sit for 15 minutes.
2. Add to your pot: Start with 1 tablespoon of the Kombo solution and add it to your pot while cooking your meal.
3. Umami flavor and color change: You'll likely notice a deeper color in your greens and a richer, savory umami flavor developing in your dish.
4. Adjust salt: Because Kombo contains sodium, you may need less table salt than usual. Taste your food and adjust accordingly.
Tip: Start with a smaller amount of Kombo solution (1 tablespoon) and add more to taste as needed. You can always add more, but you can't take it away!

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Not intended to diagnose, cure or treat any disease.

4oz (114grams)

Media with text

Pair text with an image to focus on your chosen product, collection, or blog post. Add details on availability, style, or even provide a review.

up to

50% off

on selected items