Yes am a die hard foodie and being s food reviewer I end up eating out almost every alternate day. And to keep myself fit I havr to be extra conscious of the kind of food I eat . I usually try and go for healthy food with right ingredients.
Oil is a big elment of any food preparation so when I was invited by Canola to “enlightened” about canola oil in honor of Diwali by CanolaInfo and Chef Surjan (“Jolly”) Singh. I gladly accted it.
The event, featuring a cooking demo by this celebrated chef and high tea, gave guests a first-hand experience with versatile and healthy canola oil. It was held at the Indian Women’s Press Club in New Delhi.
“Canola oil is a staple in my kitchen because it is one of the most versatile oils that makes every dish healthier and more delicious,” says Chef Singh. “Its light texture makes it great for sautéing and stir-frying; its high smoke point is perfect for deep-frying and its neutral taste makes it the ideal partner for traditional Indian dishes with their characteristic spices and flavors. You can even use canola oil for baking cakes and muffins as it reduces their overall fat content while maintaining moistness.”
Guests at the Diwali high tea discovered for themselves how well canola oil works in Indian snacks and sweets. Chef Jolly prepared Patties (Akhrot Nadru Anjeer Tikki) and Chicken Sukka in a demo and served other snacks cooked in canola oil, such as Shami Kebab, Paneer Tikka, Chole Bhature and Jalebi.
Canola oil is free of trans fat and cholesterol but is high in monounsaturated and omega-3 fats. It is the third most consumed cooking oil globally and has been making steady inroads in the Indian market. Consumers here are becoming increasingly aware that the contemporary urban lifestyle contributes to the growing burden of diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.,,They know that leading a healthy life includes making the right dietary choices daily.
“More and more Indian consumers are choosing canola oil because of its health benefits and suitability for any cuisine and any type of cooking,” notes Bruce Jowett, vice president of market development at the Canola Council of Canada. “In fact, recent findings from an Indian consumer survey show people want the attributes of canola oil in cooking oil. Events like today’s Diwali celebration are a great way to spread the word about canola oil and encourage people to make it a regular item in their grocery lists.”
CanolaInfo.org has a great database of recipes made with canola oil, including soups, salads, appetizers, main courses, side dishes and desserts. There are also diabetes-friendly and heart-smart recipes on the website