Which is the Best Oil for Cooking ? Tell us your choice.


Best Oil for Cooking;

Which one is your choice!

The most used food product at homes during lockdown due to Coronavirus had been cooking oils. We Indians left no stones unturned to make everything fried and spicy during the past few months. Thanks to the awareness about healthy and unhealthy fats most of the people ensured they were using the best ones for cooking. I had been discussing with a few relatives and did research on which is the best oil for cooking and yes, this question has been the most asked one on this blog too.

After all the research about the best cooking oil, I could not settle for one. The reason being that each one has a certain nutritional value which is unique. Our body needs all kinds of nutrients.

Earlier it was believed that adding more fats while cooking especially Indian dishes would make it tastier. But that is No more true. We try to do frying as little as possible using nonstick pans and air fryers. Overcooking also destroys the nutrients of the food, and that is the known fact now.

Let’s see what options do we have for frying and cooking in traditional kitchens –

which is the best oil for cooking

Desi Ghee

Most nutritious and your partner in Weight Loss. Read about Desi Ghee here.

Homemade White Butter

Excellent in nutrition and taste :P. I like butter on paranthas. It is good for Weight Loss and of course who can challenge the purity factor of something homemade like that.

Olive Oil

No doubt, Olive Oil is good for health. But it is not to be used to cooking since it turns rancid at the higher temperatures. Olive oils can be used to toss your salads, marinate chicken or gobhi, etc. Some people find its smell to be peculiar and taste which may be bothersome.

Rice Bran Oil

This oil is extracted from the brown layer of rice which is removed for the production of white rice. Rice Bran Oil is rich in MUFA and antioxidants. It has a high smoking point  which means that it does not break down to toxic substances. So, using rice bran oil for deep frying is a safe bet.

Mustard Oil

This oil comprises has fatty acids, oleic acid, linoleic acid, and uric acid.  People who have issues of high uric acid should skip mustard oil. The smell of mustard oil is awful :P. I generally use mustard oil for making veggies that taste best when cooked crispy like Bhindi or Bharta. Yummm 🙂

Sesame Oil

Sesame oil is also called gingerly oil. It is generally used for making pickles and sauces. Sesame seeds are rich in Zinc which is very good for the skin. Massage oils also contain sesame oil.

Coconut Oil

I won’t be exaggerating if I say Coconut oil is the healthiest oil for cooking. It has a unique composition of fatty acids that are 90% saturated.

Coconut oil can be safely used at ion at high heats and thus can be used for frying. South Indian folks are coconut oil lovers. They use it for cooking and for hair; women there have long hair. Coconut oil heals to lose weight. I will do a post on the qualities of coconut oil soon.

The best idea is to use different oil for different purposes or changing oil in a few days.

What is your staple cooking oil? Do let us know!

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  1. Yuvika, i am somehow not convinced. Canola oil goes through caustic refining, bleaching and degumming. All of which involve high temperatures or chemicals. N it does turn rancid.

    Need to research more.

  2. May be you can put yur views on it …

    I keep changing my oil….i was alternating between olive and sesame but i would really love to involve coconut oil in my food which i completely hate by the way.

  3. what about sunflower oil and peanut oil? i use oilve oil for salads but for heavy south indian coking i use sun flower and peanut oil, plz discuss about these oils also, i want to know whether they are healthy are not

  4. What about gingerly oil (south indians use it a lot)…. also am using olive pomace oil…. is it as good as olive oil…. am using it becoz I read in one of the olive oil ads that its the best suited variant of olive oil for indian cooking….

    Please help…. and Tarun thanx for keeping yr word….

  5. Dee, sesame oil is gingerly oil. I will discuss about the rest of oils soon. You can always email me if you need to know about smething, i try to remember the queries mostly but just in case. M happy I cud help. Thanks for visiting blog often

  6. like shweta said, i can only eat banana chips fried in coconut oil , nothing else, cant tolerate taste of coconut oil, i used fortune rice bran oil, n i hate its smell, its awful, it does not taste good, nor bad, but i noticed 1 thing within 2 weeks i cudnt tolerate the taste of rice bran oil anymore, i would go for desi ghee and mustard oil anyday. i dont mind the smell of mustard oil at all. i didnt like olive oil while making indian dishes, and gravies , chinese mein i had used as i had no sesame oil, i was ok ok wid it. didnt much like it.

  7. after u post i bought organic, cold pressed, usda approved coconut oil, at first i am not willing to buy only, now i bght, and after using i need to say there is no diff in coconut oil cooked and sunflower oil cooked one, i used in making daal, curries, no worries at all, thanks gal

  8. y i bght is, my hubby given me idea to use coconut oil in the curries where v add coconut powder ( actually i add cocont powder/coconut paste in many curries), so it wont taste diff, idea worked out well, now iam using in many curries

  9. iam using all oils described here according to recipes described by u, except rice bran i cant get here in u.s, if any 1 knows plz tel me 🙁

  10. i liked this post… i used rice bran with sunflower mix oil the red pack of sundrop.
    and OLIVE OIL is my favorite… 🙂
    mustard- I use occasionally for bharta and only bartas.. 🙂
    coconut oil- doubtful, if i can use everyday basis. once in a while is okay with me though.
    I rather use coconut milk sometimes.
    you shd talk about groundnut oil, sunflower oil, gingerly oil, soyabean oi, canola oil too Tarun Preet.

  11. went through your posts and I must tell you that your work speaks volumes about your work, so keep updating your posts promptly.


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