Going back to our roots: Traditional oils make a comeback
Let’s travel back in time to our culinary roots and experience the magic of traditional cooking oils
Over the past few years, Indians are returning to their roots and embracing traditional dietary fats, resulting in the resurgence of traditional oils in the mainstream culinary scene. Experimenting with traditional cooking oils that have a distinct flavour can enhance your dish. From the nutty taste of flaxseed oil to the boldness of mustard oil, your choice of oil can make a real difference to the taste, aroma, and nutritional profile of your food. Here are some traditional cooking oils that have made a comeback in recent years.
Flaxseed oil: The nutty wonder
Flaxseed oil has a delicate, nutty flavour, making it the secret ingredient in the perfect salad dressing, dip, or marinade. Its light texture also makes it an excellent alternative to other oils for baking. Not just that, but flaxseed oil is touted for its health benefits due to its impressive profile of omega-3 fatty acids.
Mustard oil: A bold and spicy game-changer
If you enjoy spicy food, you will surely love mustard oil. Its strong, pungent flavour makes it a staple in Indian and other South Asian cuisines. It is commonly used for frying and tempering and works wonders in dishes like pickles, chutneys, and curries. Just a little bit of this oil can take your dish to a whole new level!
Coconut oil: For a tropical taste
Coconut oil is a popular choice in India, particularly in South Indian cuisines. Its tropical flavour and creamy texture make it ideal for desserts and baked items. And let's not forget that subtle sweetness and delicious coconutty flavour which can instantly transport you straight to the beach! Apart from its amazing taste, coconut oil is also a powerful antioxidant and is known for its incredible health benefits.
Sunflower oil: Subtlety that enhances your flavours.
Sometimes you want an oil that won't steal the show, and that's where sunflower oil comes in. Its neutral taste allows the natural flavours in your ingredients to shine, making it the go-to choice for deep-frying, shallow frying, and even baking. Godrej Sunflower Oil is a great choice that you can use in a variety of recipes.
Groundnut oil: The ultimate all-rounder
If you like experimenting with different cuisines, groundnut oil from Godrej Veg Oils is a must try. Its slightly nutty flavour and high smoke point make it an excellent choice for use in a wide range of dishes, from Indian to Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai. Whether you're frying, sautéing, or roasting, groundnut oil can enhance your dish while also providing immense health benefits.
To learn more about the resurgence of traditional dietary fats, be sure to check out GFTR 2022!
Which oils have you experimented with so far? Let us know in the comments!