Is coconut oil is used for cooking also?

India
November 22, 2012 4:49am CST
Recently I read a discussion coconut oil is used for cooking but I think in India coconut oil is use for hair and peanut(mungfalli oil) is used for cooking. Few persons use soyabin oil. I heard first time this coconut oil is used for cooking. Do you know this?
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@topffer (28576)
• France
22 Nov 12
Copra/coconut oil was mainly used as a frying oil and in industrial pastries in Europe, but it is not recommended because, like palm oil, it has too much saturated fatty acids compared to other frying oils -- like olive or sunflower -- and they are not good for the health. Both palm oil and coconut oil are often replaced by more healthy oils today.
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• India
22 Nov 12
Ohh yes I heard sunflower or soyabin oil but really this is new for me coconut oil for cooking thanks for sharing.
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@Sreekala (18778)
• India
22 Nov 12
Hi topffer, 'Copra' is the same word used in our regional language for dry coconut.
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@topffer (28576)
• France
22 Nov 12
Thank you for this Sreekala : in French we say "Copra oil" and not "Coconut oil", but I did not knew the origin.
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@Sreekala (18778)
• India
22 Nov 12
Hi dear, Yes, I know it very well. I am from Kerala state and in this place only coconut oil is using for cooking widely. In my childhood I watched only coconut oil in my home. But if there is festival or any other function some other oil also used for frying purpose. In that case too, coconut oil is the only option for curry. Coconuts are available as plenty in this state and coconut (paste form or direct) using for most of the dishes. Then the left over coconut is drying under sunlight and extracting oil from it, which is sufficient for house hold purposes. Now many other kinds of oil replaced as the coconut oil may lead to cholesterol problem. Taste is really good if coconut oil is used for preparations.
• India
22 Nov 12
Dear Can you send the picture of the bottle of coconut oil so I can see which type of coconut oil is used for cooking. Because only use mungfalli or soyabin oil. How are you dear? Your profile photo is in my favorite color green.
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@Sreekala (18778)
• India
22 Nov 12
In our home we buy the oil from the place which is execrating (Mill) so that we get pure oil. We carry can from home to buy the oil. Now we bring those cans when we visit our native place to use here. The oil is available in bottle too. http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/lengtarang/media/coconut-oil.jpg.html?filters[term]=coconut%20oil&filters[primary]=images&filters[secondary]=videos&sort=1&o=3
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• India
22 Nov 12
Wow!!! thanku very much dear to send the link. Now I understand what type of oil is used. What is your favorite color.
@prashu228 (18779)
• India
22 Nov 12
I know that coconut oil is used for cooking.But we have cholesterol problem with it. The place where i come from( my parents native place) is full of coconut trees. so they use coconut in most of the dishes. Coconut is dried and they take it to the mill to get the oil. But we don't use it for cooking.we use sunflower oil and soya bean oil for cooking. I know Keralites use coconut oil for cooking. some of my north Indian friends say they don't have coconut trees in north and whenever we bring coconuts from our native place we give them ,they feel so happy.
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• India
22 Nov 12
This is new for me because we used this oil only for hair. We use peanut oil for cooking.
• India
22 Nov 12
Coconut oil is used mostly in south india; here in our home we use sunflower oil and mustard oil mostly, we buy in 5 liter cans of reputed brand only.. Earlier people belonging to 'Teli' caste used to extract oil from 'Til', mustard and sell, they are supposed to be pure, but now a day they don't do this any more.
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• India
22 Nov 12
Ohhh means specially South Indian people use this but I heard USA people also use this. Yes uncle we use sunflower or mungfalli oil. Thanks for information.
@viju0410 (2286)
• India
22 Nov 12
Hi, I am from South India and there for certain meals a few drops of coconut oil adds the flavour of the meals - example - Aviyal (its a mix veg cooked in butter milk with coconut & chilly paste added) and a typical Keralite delicacsy. Similarly, in West Bengal, people used to cook in Mustered oil (sarso ka tel) - where as we find them more in making pickles. With our modern lifestyle and to control the cholostrol we need to choose healthy oil/s for cooking. I do use sunflower / soya oil for cooking and for hair, yeah coonut oil or some hair oils only.
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• India
22 Nov 12
ohh yes i heard about Mustered oil but first time heard about coconut oil for cooking thanks for sharing your view.
@anil02 (2886)
• India
22 Nov 12
Hello, it is surprising for me than you don't know that coconut oil is used for cooking. In south coconut oil is used for cooking. In rest one India, peanut, cottonseed, mustred seed and soyabeen oil is used. Now soyabeen oil is in fashion. here we also used mustredseed "Sarsoon ka tail" oil. Mustred seed is main crop of Rajasthan.
• India
22 Nov 12
Ohhh I think only in Kerala and south side this oil is used for cooking so I not know. In Maharashtra not used this oil and I not travel in other states. Here we used mustered and peanut oil and soyabin oil.
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@anil02 (2886)
• India
22 Nov 12
Indeed coconut oil is suitable only for south India.
@deazil (4622)
• United States
22 Nov 12
I am from the USA. I use coconut oil in cooking. Coconut oil is very good for you. Some people believe it is not good because studies done in the 1990's showed it caused higher levels of cholesterol. But the studies used hydrogenated coconut oil. Recent studies done with non-hydrogenated coconut oil have disproved this and have found that side effects are only reported when a patient has a considerable amount of trans fatty acids in their system already. Here is a link with that information www.ehow.com/about_5101508_coconut-oil-healthy.html Hydrogenation produces trans fatty acids, which are very bad for your health. Organic, non-hydrogenated coconut oil is extremely healthful.
@prashu228 (18779)
• India
22 Nov 12
hi, I don't know that US people also use coconut oil for cooking .This is new information for me. so coconut oil is not harmful okay this is good news for all those who use coconut oil for cooking.
@deazil (4622)
• United States
22 Nov 12
Hi prashu, yes, it is very good. There are many sites that tel of the benefits of coconut oil and the more recent studies that have been done. Foods that have been hydrogenated are very unhealthy. Check out the link I provided. It's very informative. And if you have fresh coconuts to make your own oil this is very good. You're lucky!
@aeiou78 (3457)
• Malaysia
24 Nov 12
At my place, coconut oil is not so popular for cooking. The most popular oil we can get at the hypermarket are the palm oil, sunflower oil, corn oil, canola oil, sesame oil and olive oil. Coconut oil can be available at the small groceries shops where they are supplied by the very small producers. At home, I did purchase the coconut oil for lighting up when I was praying.
• India
24 Nov 12
Ohhh this oil is not popular for cooking in my place also but popular for hair. I use sunflower oil for meals and for lighting also.
• Philippines
23 Nov 12
here in my country the Philippines, some cooking oil are made from coconut, they undergo some process which makes them good/delicious for cooking, and it is cholesterol free as seen in the labels. in fact just a while ago i used it to fry chicken drumsticks. coconut oil is one example of palm oil.
• Philippines
23 Nov 12
if coconut is grated and coco milk is extracted, then cooked and then used as cooking oil, my goodness at doesn't taste good and we don't do it that way here. but it had to undergo certain procedure in a cooking oil company and then undergo a packaging procedure that will make them good for cooking.
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
23 Nov 12
Yes, in our country, coconut oil is abundant and there are many people who use it for cooking. Basically in frying foods. But now that more and more people are more aware of health concerns, some have stop using coconut oil for cooking considering that it contains a lot of fat which is not good for our body. Some have shifted to using corn oil, basically vegetable oil for cooking.
• India
22 Nov 12
sureka, Coconut oil is used for cooking in India too. I know you heard about the Kerala, which is an Indian state. In kerala coconut is the main ingredient, we can see coconut trees in various places of this state and people in this place use coconut oil for cooking meals and dishes, i think you heard about banana chips which is popular in Kerala, it was fried with coconut oil
• India
22 Nov 12
I heard first time this use coconut oil I think in Kerala and south side use this oil.
@zandi458 (27954)
• Malaysia
22 Nov 12
Coconut oil is the healthiest oil on earth. My grandma has been using coconut oil for cooking since she has a big coconut plantation and she made her own coconut oil. Now people here are switching to coconut oil for cooking.
• India
22 Nov 12
Ohhh yes I read in many discussions here they used coconut oil for cooking but this is new for me.
@TheCatLady (4696)
• Israel
26 Nov 12
I mostly use it on my hair and skin, but have cooked with it a few time. It's good if you need to make vegan chocolate. The oil has the right consistency and melts at slightly higher than room temperate. It's not a healthy oil and it would be best to limit its use to the few dishes that must have it for taste or texture.
@roshigo58 (4871)
• Pune, India
26 Nov 12
Hi, we use groundnut or sunflower oil for cooking. We use coconut oil for the hair only. but in South India coconut oil is widely used for cooking. I like the taste of the items cooked in coconut oil. We have one family friend from Kerala. They always use coconut oil for cooking.
@mayka123 (9549)
• India
24 Nov 12
Each state and country depends mainly on the crops and trees grown in plenty in their area. In some parts of South India coconuts are in plenty that is one of the reasons why coconut oil has been used for their basic cooking. As one goes towards north coconut is not easy available thats why different types of oils are used. In Maharashtra groundnut is grown in plenty and mainly people were using groundnut oil for cooking.
@bellis716 (4807)
• United States
24 Nov 12
So far as I know, all vegetable oils are interchangeable for cooking. It may affect the taste of the product, though. I believe that the most popular cooking oil in the U S is canola, or a combination of canola and other vegetable oil such as corn oil. Soybean oil is considered to be a cheap product. Peanut oil is one of the more expensive cooking oils here.
@AmbiePam (44626)
• United States
23 Nov 12
I know some people eat it. Not because it tastes good. But because it is supposed to help reduce the effects of dementia and help improve memory in people with those types of problems. It's impressive when you look at the studies done on it. Sorry I don't know much about cooking with it.
• Philippines
23 Nov 12
it's good that u ask this question. yes, coco oil is also used for cooking and it's more nutritious than any other oil according to some people.
• India
23 Nov 12
If you visit Kerala or if you have Keralites/Malayalis friend, then you might taste food prepared using coconut oil. I first tasted it when I was in school and was invited by a Malayali friend of mine for dinner on the occasion of Onam. I didn't find myself comfortable eating most of the dishes served there, may be because I am not accustomed to eat food prepared using Coconut oil.
@cynthiann (18572)
• Jamaica
23 Nov 12
Coconut oil has been used for cooking since time imemorial. Personally, I have used it for over 40 years and the expatIndians in my country use it so I am surprised that it is not used for cooking in India. We employed a lady who used to grate the coconjuts for the oil and then boil the liquid which was straind when it was cool. It is alsi a very good oil to use for cooking although it did have abad rap in the 80's but this proved to be false