Healthy Food for Diwali with Canola Oil

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Well I am a foodie n a food blogger. But when it comes to cooking or arranging stuff for a meal – then I am a novice.  Also being a food reviewer and photographer – it just happens that I keep on eating a lot of rich and oily food outside.

As Oil is of major importance in most of the food preparations – the quality of it is utmost important. And when Canola info gave us a chance to learn more about healthy cooking with high quality oil from Canola seeds from Canada, I couldn’t resist myself. It also was an occasion of Diwali Festival and Chef Surjan (Chef Jolly) was himself going to be there – preparing some exotic delicacies with Canola oil.

The event, CanolaInfo’s Diwali Party saw a number of foodies and experts in Delhi have a firsthand experience of a cooking demo by the celebrated chef  Jolly with versatile and healthy canola oil. The cooking demo was followed by high tea. 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,” stated 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.

For more recipes and information, log on to canolainfo.org and Canola India Facebook page.

Pic of one of the healthiest Salad I made myself with Canola oil.

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