Bengal is a home of amazing delicacies and the ‘Mache-Bhate Bangali’ are always craving for sheddo, shukto, bhaape, dal, jhol, jhal, and other traditional cuisines. You can’t imagine a Bengali menu of plain steamed rice, combined with delicious Daab Chingri or Chingri Malai Curry or Shorshe Ilish or Mutton Kosha. And what gives these popular Bengali dishes spicy flavor and tasty aroma? No surprises, it is our kacchi ghani Mustard oil…
In every Bengali or Eastern Indian kitchen, you can find the typical pungent aroma of mustard oil, commonly known as ‘Sarson ka tel’. Our regular Bengali dishes are usually cooked with it or you can add this oil in your usual ‘Aloo Sheddo’ to make the dish a mouthwatering one. Drizzle a little amount over your Rui Shorshe to enhance its taste. You can add a few drops of mustard oil in Bengali’s all-time favorite snack ‘Jhal-muri’ to give it a strong, tasty bite. Not just the Bengali cuisines, the mustard oil also gives a typical aromatic kick to many more, like Bihari, Punjabi, Nepali, Oriya, and Assamese cuisines.
What is Mustard Oil?
Mustard oil or Sarson ka Tel has numerous identities, in Bengali, it is named Sarsay Tel, Sorisha Tel in Orissa, Rai nu Tel in Gujarat, Kadugu Ennai in Tamil, whereas in Telugu it is called Avanune and in Marathi, it is known as Mohariche Tel. It is a commonly used cooking oil in Bengali, Bangladeshi and Bihari delicacies.
The oil is extracted from the organically grown black, brown, or yellow mustard seeds and the extraction is done in two main procedures as mentioned below:
Cooking Oil: This edible vegetable oil is extracted by mechanical cold compression processing of mustard seeds.
Essential Oil: The seeds are first soaked into water and then the oil is extracted from them by using a steam distillation process.
The oil is available in reddish-brown or amber color, which depends on the color of the used mustard seeds. Due to its spicy zest and strong pungent aromatic flavor, it is considered one of the most celebrated edible oils which transform your ordinary dishes into a Rockstar platter. For centuries, this oil has been widely used as a key ingredient in various North and Eastern Indian delicacies. Even in Nepal, Bangladesh and Assam, it is well-known as the most preferred cooking oil as a base for their special fish or vegetable curries. Some of the popular Indian chefs suggest using this oil in the dishes to offer authentic Indian flavors. Its distinctively piquant flavor gives a spicy bite and natural potency to your favorite dishes.
Properties of Mustard Oil:
Bangali’s favorite mustard oil has a strong, distinctive pungent taste due to its allyl isothiocyanate. It contains a high level of Erucic acid, which has toxic effects on high heart rates. Popular Fitness Nutritionist Pallavi Srivastava says that regular consumption of this oil can increase the chances of heart diseases. She is always suggested to use kacchi ghani oil as the best cooking oil.
The oil contains linoleic and oleic acid which is well-known to enhance the body’s blood circulation level and has proven to be effective for skin nourishment and long, strong hair.
Mustard Seed Cultivation:
Mustard seed is cultivated as a ‘Rabi’ crop in a subtropical climate in various parts of India, like West Bengal, Assam, Orissa, Bihar, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh. It is grown in fertile, loamy soils. But to ensure better crop production, you need to be careful about waterlogging. There must be a great drainage system and the pH value of the soil must be between 6 to 8.
Let’s have a look at the nutrient profile of mustard oil (approximate composition on per 100gm servings):
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This organically grown white aromatic rice of West Bengal is being served as a prasad or bhog to their In this article, we are going to discuss some of the numerous health benefits of pure kacchi ghani ‘Sorsher Tel’. Famous Sports Nutritionist and Diabetes Educator Deepa Nandy claims Mustard oil due to its fatty acid composition. The organic mustard oil is rich in Omega-3, 6 and 9, which helps to reduce inflammation and stimulate the body’s blood circulation level.
The pediatricians recommend mustard oil to be used as the best massage oil for babies due to its antibacterial and antifungal properties. It has been proven that its rich Vitamin E content can protect your skin from radical damages caused by harmful UV rays and pollution. Massaging this oil on the skin will help you to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. Research says that mustard oil helps treat fungal and bacterial infections or any other skin diseases upon its direct application on your skin.
Kacchi Ghani Mustard Oil is naturally cholesterol-free and high in PUFA (Polyunsaturated fatty acid), helps to lower the bad cholesterol level and including it in your diet can reduce the chances of heart disorders.
It is a great source of vitamins, minerals, calcium and Omega-3 fatty acids which helps to prevent hair loss and reduce the chances of hair greying. The mineral content presents in this oil helps in hair growth. Studies prove that applying boiled mustard oil with ajwain and camphor on a baby’s chest helps to clear chest congestion and reduce cough.
Recipes You Should Try with Mustard Oil:
Mustard seeds and oil are specially used as key ingredients in the preparation of various special Asian cuisines. Bengalis use the mustard seed paste and sharp-pungent taste oil in the popular delicacies made of popular river water fish Roi, Katla, Ilish, Vetki, Chingri. Used to fry fritters, chips, wafers, or preserve Bangali’s special pickles or chutneys. Sprinkle a few amounts of mustard oil in your salad to spice its taste. You can even add this oil as a flavoring agent in Bengali’s favorite Posto Bata.
Nowadays, chefs are suggested to use mustard oil in dressing Korean and Chinese cuisines as a hot seasoning blend.
Adding the pure kacchi ghani mustard oil to your favorite dishes, like Paturi, Jhal Muri, Telebhaja not only gives the pungent sizzles but also helps you to remind yourself that you are a true Bengali. You must have heard about the ad, ‘Chokhe Jol Mukhe Hasi’, which truly resembles the actual identity of this oil and gets the taste of authentic cooking from your grandmother’s hand.