baking soda
Last Updated : Jul 31,2020


What is Baking Soda? Glossary | Uses + Recipes with Baking Soda
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Also Known As
Bicarbonate of soda, Sodium Bicarbonate, NaHCO3

What is Baking Soda, soda bi carb?


Baking soda is a white powder with crystalline grains, which is used as a leavening agent. Its main purpose is to break down proteins and neutralise acids. Thus, it aids in leavening and tenderising.

How to select Baking Soda
• Select from known brands.
• Check the manufacturing date, expiry date and the packaging before purchasing.

Culinary uses of baking soda


Indian snacks using baking soda

Quick recipes, for evening snacks and sudden hunger. Here are few recipes which you can make and enjoy with your family. 

1.      Khatta Dhokla dominant flavour of this traditional khatta dhokla and this sourness is brought about by adding a little sour curds.

2.      Baby Corn Fritters Crunchy and tasty, these perfectly golden-coloured Baby Corn Fritters are a sight to behold and a treat to bite into!

3.      Besan Masala Peanuts flavoured in different ways – in the North, they are made with a slightly tangy flavour, while in the South it is more of spice than tang, but irrespective of the seasoning.

4.      Potato Kathi Roll mouth-watering recipe originated as a good way to use up left-over chapatis which were warmed in ghee or butter and rolled up with a spicy vegetable mixture with a sprinkling of chaat masala.

5.      Murukku crunchy delicacy made with rice and urad dal flours is an exciting treat that will be loved by all, especially thanks to the peppy aroma and flavour imparted by sesame and asafoetida.

6.      Paneer Pakoda moist and soft on inside and crisp outside, unlike other pakora’s. paneer pakoda is made with simple and basic ingredients that are easily available in every household.


Baking soda is a natural tenderiser. Thus, it can be added to soaked beans etc. before pressure cooking. Baking soda quickens the cooking process.
• As a leavening agent, it is used in baking. Baked recipes leavened using baking soda usually have a lighter crumb and show signs of aeration (in form of tiny holes) because of the escape of carbon dioxide.
• A pinch of soda added to tomato sauce while cooking helps reduce acidity.
• It is added in Gujarati snacks like dhokla, muthia etc.

How to store Baking Soda
Store in an airtight container in a cool and dry place.

Health Benefits of Baking Soda
• Since it is an acid neutraliser, it is used in various first aid applications. It can soothe discomforts arising from sunburns.
• Bee stings can be eased using a paste of baking soda and cold water.




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