Expert advice, Nutrition
Give UR Health A Boost With These Spiced Oils

Charmaine D Souza

PG in Applied Nutrition and Dietetics

5 min read

 

Have you ever tried spicing up UR cooking oils to add an extra zing to UR food? Doing this not only adds flavour to UR food but also possesses therapeutic benefits. Use aromatic oils for pickling and add mind-blowing flavours to UR food. They are amazing with marinades, gravies, salad dressings, dals, and sauces. Here are some DIY spiced oils.

Flu Immunity oil

This spicy garlic oil helps in improving immunity and prevents any flu.

Why are we prone to infections during the winter?

India’s diverse geography and climate conditions can be reflected by its vegetation range, which includes an assortment of edible greens.

Ingredients
Red chillies

Red chillies help in boosting UR immunity levels and fight against illnesses and infections

10 black peppercorns

Black peppercorns help in soothing a sore throat provides relief from a cold and eliminates any viral infections.

1 litre virgin olive oil

Olive oil has antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral effects which helps fight infections and illnesses.

Bay Leaves

Bay leaves help in treating various ailments, zap UR flu, and provide you with the relief you need

4 cloves of garlic

Garlic has a compound known as allicin which converts into other sulphur containing compounds  which give garlic its medicinal properties.This is how garlic lowers UR chances of getting flu,boosts white blood  cells in UR body and helps you recover faster.

Preparation

Fill a one-litre clean bottle with virgin olive oil, till it is two inches below the rim.
Add 5 red chillies, 10 black peppercorns, 5 roasted bay leaves, 4 peeled and halved cloves of garlic.
Cover and store for two-three weeks or until the flavour settles. Use it in lentil gravies, meat or even bread.

Rainbow colored vegetables like carrots, tomatoes, beetroot and bell peppers are loaded with antibacterial properties and anti-inflammatory effects.

Join the wellness movement!

Get personalized and curated wellness content on URLife.co.in

Wellness Movement

By clicking you agree to T&c and privacy policy

Energy boosting oil

Do UR energy levels dip during the rainy season? If so, try this energising concoction. Ingredients like star anise, onion and ginger oil are perfect for those grey monsoon months and give you an energy boost!

Ingredients
1 litre sesame oil

Sesame oil improves liver health and is a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals.

3 star anise

Star anise acts as a stimulant, improves digestion and boosts energy.

1 onion

The phytonutrients in onion help in blood circulation and functioning of the arteries.

20g ginger

Ginger reduces inflammation and modulates blood sugar levels.

Preparation

Fill a 1-litre bottle with sesame oil till it is two inches below the rim.
Add 2 walnut halves that are slightly crushed, a 2-inch quill of cinnamon and a couple of cleaned orange rind pieces.
Cover and leave aside for two-three weeks or until the flavour is well pronounced. Use this oil to make salad dressings, mayonnaise and also as a marinade for chicken, fish and paneer.

Healthy recipes with local ingredients

Get personalized and curated wellness content on URLife.co.in

By clicking you agree to T&c and privacy policy

Energy boosting oil

Do UR energy levels dip during the rainy season? If so, try this energising concoction. Ingredients like star anise, onion and ginger oil are perfect for those grey monsoon months and give you an energy boost!

Ingredients
1 litre sunflower oil

Sunflower oil is rich in vitamin E which protects against colon cancer, it also contains carotenoids which protects against skin, lung and uterine cancers.

2 crushed walnut halves

Walnuts contain glutathione and omega 3 fatty acids which help in natural cleansing of the liver.

2 inch quill of cinnamon

Cinnamon aids in blood sugar control and this in turn aids in weight loss.

Orange rind

Limonene and flavonoids present in orange peel help clean the spleen.

Preparation

Fill a 1-litre bottle with sesame oil till it is two inches below the rim.
Add 2 walnut halves that are slightly crushed, a 2-inch quill of cinnamon and a couple of cleaned orange rind pieces.
Cover and leave aside for two-three weeks or until the flavour is well pronounced. Use this oil to make salad dressings,
mayonnaise and also as a marinade for chicken, fish and paneer.

Wellness advice from qualified experts

Get personalized and curated wellness content on URLife.co.in

Wellness Advice

By clicking you agree to T&c and privacy policy

Happiness oil

When UR feeling blue, depressed, hurt, or anxious, all you need to do is start cooking in cardamom and fennel seed oil, and you’ll feel awesome again!

Ingredients
1 litre rice bran/groundnut oil

Rice bran oil has been shown to decrease stress and increase brain serotonin metabolism.

5 green cardamoms

Cardamom is a stress-relieving element and a mood elevator.

1 tbsp. roasted fennel seeds

Fennel helps relieve depression and lifts UR mood.

Preparation

Fill a one-litre bottle with rice bran or groundnut oil up to two inches below the rim.
Add 5 green cardamoms and 1 tablespoonof roasted fennel seeds.
Cover them and leave aside for two-three weeks or until the flavour is settled. This is a fab oil for Indian gravies. As Indian food is associated with emotions, use this oil to bring a sense of happiness to UR food! Food has medicinal properties but a lot of us don’t realise the affect food can have on us. If UR in tune with UR body & digestive system UR bound to experience a positive change instantly! Happy eating!


Fill UR Inbox with wellness!

Signup for weekly newsletter

Wellness Newsletter

By clicking, you agree to T&C and Privacy policy

You may also like

Breakfast & Snacks, Nutrition, Recipes

Bliss Ladoos: The Luteal Stage (15-28 Days Of Menstrual Cycle) 

Condiments, Nutrition, Recipes

Kimchi 

Breakfast & Snacks, Nutrition, Recipes

Kapha-Reducing Energy Balls – Snacks For Kapha Dosha 

Lunch & Dinner, Nutrition, Recipes

Gongura Pachadi 

Drinks & Dessert, Nutrition, Recipes

Post Meal Digestive Mix 

Expert advice, Nutrition

Food Allergies & Intolerances 

Next article