Rich In Flavour And Packed With Health Benefits, Mustard Oil Is A Chef's Delight

Mustard oil’s fans swear by its distinct pungent flavour and its many uses in healthy home remedies

V. Kumara Swamy Published Oct 5, 2020 21:37:53 IST
Rich In Flavour And Packed With Health Benefits, Mustard Oil Is A Chef's Delight Photo: Shutterstock

Every region in India has its unique cuisine and the same holds true for the oil that is used in different preparations. While coconut oil is a staple in households in the southern part of the country, mustard oil occupies the pride of place in most homes in the northern and eastern regions. Some fish delicacies are unimaginable without mustard oil.

Mustard oil is known for its therapeutic properties too. In fact, this pungent oil is a part of many grandmother remedies for everyday ailments like cold, cough and stomach aches. 

The many health benefits 

Mustard oil is considered a rich source of monounsaturated fatty acid or MUFA, which can help reduce the levels of bad cholesterol in your blood. The unhealthy saturated fat content is low in mustard oil compared to some other oil varieties. The essential oils in this oil are known to have antibacterial and antioxidant properties.

Mustard is a key ingredient in traditional home remedies. It is known to aid digestion and may help fight cough and cold. On chilly days, your mother or grandmother may have often told you to apply a little of bit of mustard oil on your skin to keep it moisturized.

What is kachi ghani  

A popular variety, kachi ghani is essentially cold-pressed mustard oil. The extraction process ensures the oil retains its natural properties and health benefits—a reason why it is preferred by the health-conscious.

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