mustard oil

What is Mustard oil, Sarson ka tel? Glossary | Uses, Benefits + Recipes Viewed 42041 times

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Sarson ka tel, Rai ka tel

What is Mustard oil, Sarson ka tel ?


The term mustard oil is used for two different oils that are made from mustard seeds: a fatty vegetable oil resulting from pressing the seeds, as well as an essential oil resulting from grinding the seeds, mixing them with water, and extracting the resulting volatile oil by distillation. Mustard oil has a strong smell and a hot nutty taste.

Intensely hot and spicy, mustard oil is central to Indian culture. It is a symbol of spring and renewal. Because of its unique taste and aroma, it is used for frying, seasoning and tempering.

How to Select Mustard oil • Filtered and refined mustard oil is easily available in the market.
• Mustard oil is sometimes adulterated with argemone oil, which is toxic. So, look for a good brand or buy from a known store, so that there will be no adulteration.
• Check whether it is a nice golden in colour and also aromatic.
• Buy small bottles, as this oil is generally used in small quantities and will last long; plus it goes rancid easily.
• Always check the seal of the bottle before buying, and also verify the use-by date.

Culinary Uses of Mustard oil • Given below are some recipes where mustard oil is used in Indian cooking.
1.      Lahsun ka Achaar sure to shake awake your taste buds! In this lahsun ka achaar recipe, the garlic cloves are flavoured with chilli powder and a special masala.

2.      Punjabi Aam ka Achaar combination of fennel seeds, nigella seeds with mustard and other pickling spices is what distinguishes this mango pickle.
3.      Amla Pickle a true tongue-tickler, with the perfect masala for tangy amlas! Ideal to serve with any meal, it tastes especially great with rice and dal.

4.      Aam aur Chane ka Achaar a tongue tickling grated mango and chick pea pickle combined judiciously with whole and powdered spices. 

5.      Gunda Keri traditional favourite of Gujarat and is of enormous popularity amongst all Gujaratis.

6.      Masala Bharwan Karela  stuffed with a mouth-watering masala that has rich spicy notes accompanied by the tang of tomatoes and the zing of ginger and onions.

Mustard oil is a traditional favourite in West Bengal where its sharp and pungent flavour is deeply valued.
• This characteristic flavour is also an essential component of many dressings and sauces worldwide.
• The good part is that unlike other spicy flavours, the flavour profile of mustard does not linger; it dissipates fast and leaves little or no after-taste, so it can be used for tempering, seasoning or even frying.
• The essential oil in mustard inhibits the growth of certain yeasts, moulds and bacteria, enabling mustard to function as a natural preservative.

How to Store Mustard oil, Sarson ka tel
Mustard oil is best stored in the refrigerator because it will easily go rancid.

Health Benefits of Mustard oil 
• Mustard oil has a higher proportion of MUFA and is also a rich source of PUFA.
• Mustard oil is suitable for all types of cooking including frying, but should be used along with other cooking oils to reduce the erucic acid content. Erucic acid is a fatty acid that has undesirable effects on health when consumed in large amounts.
• Mustard oil is known to be good for the heart, as it is rich in alpha linolenic acid, which is a source of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, known for giving protection to heart.