The ingredients used in Indian cooking are as exotic as the cooked recipes themselves! In fact, our ancestors made sure that the ingredients for their food are carefully chosen, to meet the daily nutrient requirements for your body, make sure that the primary vegetable, poultry or the fish is well cooked to remove offensive smells and toxins, as well as make sure that a unique taste is created every time, which stays forever.
For example, any fish recipe could be cooked using any cooking oil – sunflower oil, corn oil, soya-bean oil, rice-bran oil, refined oils, etc.. However, when Mustard oil is used for cooking a certain number of fishes, the taste-meter goes north and nutrition value best maintained.
Mustard is the base of many vegetarian and non-vegetarian cooking in India. The rich smell gives you a better sense to cook, adding new breadth to your recipes. It is so much loaded with essential vitamins and nutrients, so that the oil from Mustard seeds is often the recommended massage oil for growing babies and adults in India. It improves blood circulation of your body, helps in hair vitalizing, acts as an appetizer, improves skin texture, is anti-bacterial in nature and loads of other goodies are ingrained in it.
Mustard oil has a strong sinus-irritating aroma – somewhat like that of wasabi – a hot nutty taste and is regularly used for cooking in Eastern & Northern India. The oil is always pre-heated before cooking which is trying to cut its strong taste and stink.
According to a survey by American Heart Association, Mustard Oil is better than Olive Oil from the health point of view. Mustard oil is considered to have low saturated fat as compared to other vegetable oils, e.g. sunflower oil, palmolein oil and other cooking oils. This pungent tasting oil consists of fatty acid, oleic acid, erucic acid and linoleic acid.
Mustard Oil has the goodness to improve your Heart function, keep triglycerides under control, improve blood fluidity, and helps the patients of Crohn’s disease, asthma, arthritis, cramps, adult diabetes. It has antioxidant and cholesterol reducing properties which is one of the most important reasons for its extensive use in Northern & Eastern India.
Therefore the next time you feel like cooking a vegetable or meat, consider cooking it in Mustard Oil, and you’d find your recipe taste like never before! For a recipe prepared in Mustard Oil, please look through my next post.
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