Mustard oil is made from mustard seeds, which can be used as both, an edible oil and an essential oil. This oil has a nice flavor, which is a key element in many of the cuisines and traditional recipes. It adds a spicy, aromatic, or rustic taste to your meals. The pungency of mustard oil is due to the presence of allyl isothiocyanate. Generally, this oil can be utilized for sautés, frying something like fritters, or even for salads. But what if you don't get it handy? No worries! We have a list of options for you. Read below.
Mustard oil can play roles other than flavor, but if you wanna stick to the flavor substitutions, then consider balsamic vinegar. It has much of the bite and depth of mustard oil. What you can do is, beat an egg yolk in this vinegar to retain the creaminess.
This oil has a very appealing nut-like flavor. So, if you want to add a tinge of flavor like that of mustard, then rice bran oil is the best choice. Its most remarkable feature is its high level of antioxidants. This oil has less polymers, i.e., it is less greasy.
This oil is the healthiest and most nutritious oil.
i) Extra-virgin olive oil: This oil offers a world of fruity-bitter tastes, along with a pungent peppery flavor. So, if you are looking for a specific zing in your dish, do use this.
ii) Refined olive oil: Refining involves chemically treating the substance to neutralize the strong tastes (or defects). This can be used if you find the mustard oil flavor irritating and want something subtle.
Peanut oil, also known as groundnut oil, is a perfect substitute for mustard oil, considering its nutritive value. This is a great cooking oil, for it has a high smoking point.
This oil is the most suitable for frying. Places like North India, Eastern India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Pakistan traditionally use mustard oil for cooking (frying) purposes. So, if you dislike the nutty tinge of mustard, you can always use sunflower oil.
If you are including mustard oil in your winter delicacies just because it provides warmth, then ginger can be used as a great alternative. The warming and pungent qualities in ginger make it a very effective healing agent.
Though it is very difficult to find a substitute that will retain the essence of mustard oil, you can find those which taste better, or those which are healthier. Instead of using only one kind of oil for everything (as each brand would like you to do!), it is beneficial to use 2 - 3 different kinds of healthy cooking oils for different purposes, thus balancing the benefits and risks of the different types.