Top 5 Cold Pressed Oils for Cooking In India
What are Cold Pressed Oils?
Post Covid-19 pandemic, In India, almost all families are now more concerned about maintaining the good health of their family members. For that, they are now focusing on the healthiest Cold Pressed oils for daily use.
Agricultural diversity across states is based on climatic conditions & Soil topography & in the same way use of Cooking also depends on Climatic conditions, Oil Seed Crop Cultivation & Agricultural practices of that particular State.
For Example, In the North & North eastern states, Climatic conditions have high-temperature variations throughout the year as a result common Oil seed crops are Mustard, Groundnut & Sesame.
While in the down South, common oil crops that are grown during the year are Groundnut, Coconut & Sesame. So, this is one of the deciding factors which regulates & impacts the uses of that variety of Cooking oil which not only suits the climatic conditions but has positive effects on the overall health of the consumers.
Based on these 2 important factors, we have shortlisted the Top 5 Healthiest Cooking Oil in use in India. We have considered only pure & organically prepared Cold Pressed oil variants, no refined & no such blended variety.
Cold Pressed Groundnut Oil:
If we talk about the major Oils seed crops of India, Groundnut tops the chart based on its cultivation in the majority of Indian States right from Northern to Southern as well as eastern to western Parts of the country.
The top groundnut-producing states in India are Gujrat, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh. Hence, Groundnut Cooking oil or Mungfali Ka Tel is the most commonly used cooking oil variant in India.
Cold Pressed Mustard Oil:
The second most cultivated oil seed crop in the country is Mustard Seed. It is a Rabi Crop (crop of the winter Season), the top mustard-producing states of India are confined to North part of the country and the major production contribution comes from Rajasthan followed by Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.
Mustard Oil also known as Sarson Ka Tel or Kachi Ghani Sarso Ka Tel and is a commonly used cooking oil in the states of Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, West Bengal, Bihar and Northeastern states of India.
Cold Pressed Sesame Oil (Til Ka Tel):
Sesame Oil seed is cultivated in the states of Gujrat, West Bengal, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. Local Names for Sesame Oil in the north are Til Ka Tel (North India) & Gingelly Oil (in South India).
In the north, consumption is more in winter while in the southern part of India, this oil variant is used throughout the year and thus holds 3rd position in the list of the top 5 best cooking oils of India.
Cold Pressed Coconut Oil (Nariyal Ka Tel):
Based on the area under cultivation, the Top Coconut seed producing states are Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Also, the use of coconut oil as edible oil is confined to the south Indian States. The reason is the sufficient supply of Coconut Seeds from ancient times and it now becomes a staple ingredient in these states.
Cold Pressed Flax Seed Oil (Alsi Ka Tel):
Flax Seed producing states in India are Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Assam. Usually, people used this oil throughout the year and is considered one of the best edible oil for health.
If we talk about edible oils, we have a very long list of cooking oils which are sold in the market by claiming their associated health benefits and the Indian market is flooded with such oils.
Some of the most commonly used cooking oil in India is Refined oils made from Soyabean, Mustard, Groundnut, Rice Bran, Olive, Pomace, Palm and many more. What is more important is the by which method by these oils are processed and manufactured.
what we also need to check is whether the oil is made by using any Chemical Treatment (like all refined varieties of oils) or it is processed by cold pressed method (which experts feel that the healthiest method to get oil from oil seed in its purest form).
Thus, we may conclude that Cold Pressed Oils are the purest and best cooking oil form and which type we need to use (Mustard, Coconut, Groundnut or Flax Seed) may depend on the cultivation and easy availability of oil seed in your local area which may vary from state to state and country to country.
We must use the oil which not only gets processed from your state’s local majorly grown oil seed crop but is also good for your health and does not contain any chemicals or preservatives.