- A pungent, prickly aroma with that irresistible aftertaste, a whiff of this can stop probably both – a sinus and a charging elephant – in its tracks.
- A dark golden in colour, with a flavour that seems untamed and yet imparts a delicious smoky bite to dishes.
- Integral to Bengali cuisine, it is popular in North India as well.
Mustard oil, A pungent entity that is not for the faint of heart. An oil that seems to have Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde properties not only in its taste, but also in its reputation of having health benefits or harmful side effects. While debates have raged in laboratories and markets, science has proved that mustard oil’s benefits, known to Indians for centuries, far outweigh the supposed risks it poses to health.