Oil-free cooking....real taste withers

Thiruvananthapuram, India
November 25, 2009 4:18am CST
In an attempt to avert health complications related to excessive cholesterol build up in the body, nowadays people are bent upon trying out oil - free cooking.Food would never be as tasty as it used to be with oil added in it during the course of preparing those mouth watering dishes.
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@VANILLAREY (1473)
• India
25 Nov 09
I agree with that. There are many food items which do not taste good without oil. Its silly avoid using oil to cook a dish which requires oil. Such people would be better off trying to prepare food which does not require the use oil. Baked items or steamed items like Idli is a good alternative.
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• Thiruvananthapuram, India
26 Nov 09
Limiting the use of oil as a cooking medium has many many advantages health wise.
@eshaan (6193)
• India
25 Nov 09
yes i agree with you that those dishes which are prepared by enough oil, like chhole, etc...can't be made and taste good if we use less or no oil..some dishes are impossible to make without oil and some which cam be boiled and can be made tasty by spices still i dont think that they taste that great as with oil....but still if someone is a serious patient then he/she should avoid eating too much oily food...
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• Thiruvananthapuram, India
26 Nov 09
Oh yes! oil use in excess is detrimental to those suffering from dreaded diseases.Limiting use is the only alternative.
• India
25 Nov 09
Yes, that is so very true. Usually I cook with medium quantity of oil but that compromises on the taste a lot…however, we have now got used to it. Indian cooking required a lot of frying of spices and if adequate oil is not used, the taste and aroma of spices do not come out properly. Just the other day, I bought a big cauliflower…well cauliflower is a seasonal delicacy and has just made its appearance in the winter markets…I cooked it with lots of oil and spices to my heart’s content and the taste was just yummy!
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• Thiruvananthapuram, India
26 Nov 09
Had it to your heart's content,but how about your heart health....too much oil has been proved fatal.
@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
25 Nov 09
You can cook with oil but use small amounts of a healthy oil. I do my cooking in olive oil - I use small amounts and measure it. It is tasty and good for you. Besides your body does need some fats without them your body can not use the fat soluble vitamins.
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• Thiruvananthapuram, India
26 Nov 09
OLIVE oil is too costly for many of us to afford.Is it cheaper in your place?
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@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
27 Nov 09
It is expensive - but I use 1 or 2 teaspoons at a time. A small bottle lasts several months.
@rakhii (1302)
• India
26 Nov 09
very true...... oil cooking standard in indian dishes is really mouth watering, simple foods are not so attractive. but being health conscious, i hav started making dishes less oily and using olive oil. these two changes are better than having diet full of oil...... being healthy as well as mouth watering.....
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• Thiruvananthapuram, India
27 Nov 09
Olive oil....its cost is unaffordable for most of us ...though a healthy choice.
@riyasam (16570)
• India
26 Nov 09
we stay in a joint,there my in-laws have got pressure problems,so we use minimal amount of oil that too a brand called saffola,otherwise use oven and the food tastes almost the same.
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• Thiruvananthapuram, India
26 Nov 09
In any case,limiting the extent of oil use promises to be of getting health benefits for the entire family.
@jennybianca (12913)
• Australia
26 Nov 09
I am one of those people trying to cook without the use of oil. I do this because I have high cholesteral, and because I want to lose weight. Some meals are easy to plan with cooking oil. Boiled vegeatables and grilled meats or chicken, meat cooked in the oven with tomato, microwaved foods, etc. But of course, I love my stir fries and mince meat meals. This cant not be achieved without spraying my non stick frying pan with a tiny amount of oil. I am always looking for salad recipes, but very often they require the use of added oil. Tonight I have some beef strips lefty over, uncooked. I am wondering what meal to produce with them. I did a stir fry last night, so I want something different. Any ideas?
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• Thiruvananthapuram, India
26 Nov 09
Oh yes! oil is not a suitable cooking medium for those health conscious and the sick lot.
@salonga (27835)
• Philippines
26 Nov 09
There is a better way and that is true steaming! Steamed foods taste great for me. Another way is to use healthy oil rather than the ordinary cooking oil. Of course this is much expensive but what is money if you are protecting your health. In my case I am using grapeseed oil. This is a very healthy and stable oil and does not easily burn so I can still enjoy fried food without the danger of toxin or excessive cholesterol build up.
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• Thiruvananthapuram, India
26 Nov 09
Most oil substitutes rob the food of its original taste, I suppose......
@Hatley (164237)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Nov 09
sukumar use olive oil for frying instead and have flavor and heart smart olive oil taste.it is delicious specially in Italian pasta dishes. I use to use it when I did my own cooking all the time.
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• Thiruvananthapuram, India
26 Nov 09
But it is quite expensive....a price which most of us cannot bear,I hope.
@dragon54u (31644)
• United States
28 Nov 09
Oh yes, it's a big sacrifice. Food tastes quite different with the new, healthier ways of cooking! I have adjusted to the different taste and texture of the food. I remember my grandmothers' cooking, all the wonderful food they made and all the fried things we used to eat and it all tasted so good!
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• India
22 Dec 09
Hello my friend sukumar794 JI, In other words Oil may be vanished indue course of time and peope will become ore healthy. But will it only be fried directly on fire like ancient imes. Please do suggest some more ways. I am really very much curious to know all about that. May God bless You and have a great time.
• Singapore
11 Jan 10
Great concept for a new restaurant.
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• India
11 Jan 10
[b]Hello my friend sukumar794 JI, and Hello my friend lordwarwizard JI, [/b]So nice of you for your positive response. Let's live healthy by all means. May God bless You and have a great time.
• Singapore
11 Jan 10
I think this really depends on the chef lol... It is my firm belief that if the chef is good, he/she can whip up a great delicious dish no matter what constraints are placed on his cooking (such as no oil). So chefs, be creative.
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
2 Jan 10
Hi sukumar, I would never change from cooking with olive oil as it is healthy and has flavour. It goes in everything from salads to cooked dishes as I have olive trees. I have to say I use far more now than I used to when I had to buy it but now it is an absolute essential.