Can you eat gunpowder?

In this brief article, we will answer the question, “Can you eat gunpowder?” with an in-depth analysis of the taste of gunpowder, the nutritional content and uses of gunpowder as well as some benefits and disadvantages of gunpowder.

Can you eat gunpowder?

Yes, you can eat gunpowder. Gun powder is spicy and can be used for multiple purposes like it can be sprinkled over dosas. Gunpowder can also be stirred into the rice along with ghee. 


To distinguish gunpowder from modern smokeless powder it is also called black powder. Modern smokeless powder is the earliest known explosive. Gunpowder is composed of a mixture of sulfur, carbon, and potassium nitrate. Saltpetre (potassium nitrate) is an oxidizer while carbon and sulfur have the potential to act as fuels.

The taste of gunpowder

If we talk about the taste of gunpowder, it is a little bit acidic. The tea flavour develops into something round and mellow, slightly sweet with a touch of smokiness. Although there is some bitterness in the taste of gunpowder, it vanishes in the first minute of steeping.

The nutritional contents of gunpowder

Various nutrients are present in gunpowder that include

  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Manganese
  • Protein

Some uses of gunpowder

Gunpowder can be used for various purposes which are mentioned below

  • Used as fire propellant: Gunpowder can be used as a fire propellant as it helps to break up the product into a fine mist.
  • Used in artillery: Gunpowder is widely used in artillery. Artillery is used to discharge missiles. 
  • Used in rocketry, and pyrotechnics: Gunpowder is also being used on a large scale in rocketry and pyrotechnics.
  • Medicinal uses: Gunpowder is being used to quench thirst as it promotes urination as well as it is also used to soothe the heat.
  • Helps in the treatment of poisoning: Gunpowder is also used in medicine that is used as an antidote to poisoning.

Different recipes in which gunpowder is used

Following are some recipes in which gunpowder is used as an ingredient

  • South Indian Gunpowder Chutney: After gathering all the ingredients, the oil is heated over medium heat. Daals and red chillies are heated and toasted. Keep on roasting and sesame seeds are added. When these turn golden then heat is turned off. 

To grind the roasted ingredients to a coarse powder we will use a coffee grinder or food processor.  Then it is removed and placed in a serving bowl and salt is added according to requirement. Add sugar and stir well to mix.

  • Gunpowder spice mix: A large skillet is set over medium heat. The idli rice, urad dal, and chana dal are added and roasted for about two minutes. After roasting it is transferred to a plate and let cool. Chilli is dry roasted in the same pan for about thirty minutes. 

After removing the chillies from the pan these are added with toasted rice and dal. After mixing the dried curry leaves in, the mixture is spread evenly. It must be stored in an airtight container.

  • Gunpowder sauce recipe: All the ingredients are simmered in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. These are simmered over low flame for about fifteen minutes. The liquid is strained and stored in jars and it is refrigerated. 

This sauce can remain fresh for one week or a maximum of two weeks.  It can be served with fried chicken and it can also be used as a marinade.

Some benefits of gunpowder

Following are some of the benefits of gunpowder

  • Good for mental health: Gunpowder tea is very beneficial to boost mental health as it contains caffeine content of beverages.
  • Good for cardiovascular health: Gunpowder contains many essential nutrients that are very healthy for cardiovascular health.
  • Lowers blood pressure: Gunpowder contains a low amount of cholesterol and is very good to decrease blood pressure. So, it helps to keep our blood pressure in control.
  • Good for weight loss: Gunpowder has the potential to burn extra fat in our body and helps to keep our weight in control.
  • Antibacterial activity: Gunpowder helps to protect us from bacterial infections as it has antibacterial properties.
  • Anti-inflammatory activities: Gunpowder contains a lot of antioxidants that help to protect us from inflammation and provide anti-inflammatory properties.

The disadvantages of gunpowder

Following are some of the disadvantages of gunpowder

  • If we consume gunpowder in a high amount, we can suffer from headaches, nausea, and even vomiting.
  • Sometimes consumption of gunpowder leads to a high rate of heart activity and generates irregular impulses 


In this brief article, we have answered the question, “Can you eat gunpowder?” with an in-depth analysis of the taste of gunpowder, the nutritional content and uses of gunpowder as well as some benefits and disadvantages of gunpowder.


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.