No oil cooking is beneficial to health in the long run. By no means should all the meals in a day be oil free but some dishes, in some meals, on some days should be oil free. The art of cooking in minimal oil is to be mastered. So how about some food that has all the traces of visible oil removed? Yes it is possible and the sumptuous results are visible in Sanjeev Kapoor’s No Oil Cooking.
All Indian food can be cooked minus oil. If you follow the recipes you will see that whether it is Garlic Flavoured Rasam or Sandwich Dhokla, whether it is Chicken Stew or Methi Murgh, it is a dish worth trying out. Different rice dishes have been worked upon as also desserts which are cooked without any ghee or oil.
Zero oil cooking is getting popular in India now because people are intelligent and they know the problem is stress and they will look toward solutions! Everyone wants to be healthy and live a good long life. And the solution lies in healthy eating with wholesome, low calorie and low cholesterol foods. Indians are very conscious now what with obesity and diabetes attaining epidemic proportions. No oil cooking is hence catching on.
Zero oil cooking, as one may prefer to call it, is cooking without visible fat. All foods contain some percentage of fat. Be it wheat, pulses, vegetables, fruits, skimmed milk, cottage cheese, yogurt, cloves, cinnamon, sesame seeds or mustard seeds. When we eat a healthy balanced diet, in a variety of menus, all invisible fat included in this way is just perfect for a healthy diet. The recipes in No Oil Cooking do not present food that is totally free of lipid content.
There is a down side of going completely fat free. Fat is a concentrated source of energy and is essential for the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. It helps in growth and development. Also it acts as lubricant for our bone joints. A totally fat-free diet deprives the body of Essential Fatty Acids and it could lead to growth retardation, skin lesions and liver degeneration.
It is better to follow a diet that is low in fat but healthy in essential proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. No Oil Cooking can help you maintain optimum health. If you have binged one day, the following day or two try making use of the recipes in the book.