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what is this white powder listed as alkaline in recipe?

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what is this white powder listed as alkaline in recipe?

hala | Feb 4, 2010 05:00 AM

I have a recipe that calls for "alkaline". It is described as a white powder and in the recipe you put a cup of stock (water from cooking chickpeas) in a mixer, add this powder turn on the mixer and gradually add olive oil to make "a white sauce".

What white powder would transform stock and oil to a white sauce? could it be sodium bicarbonate?

Is it safe for human consumption in that form (uncooked) ?

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