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 and 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. 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 or just a simple tempering.
Commonly used in:
dressings, sauces, pickles, cooking, deep frying etc.
Mustard oil has a higher proportion of MUFA and is also a rich source of the PUFA. The protective effect of mustard oil stems from the presence of alpha linolenic acid, which is a source of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, known for giving protection to heart.