If different types of olive oil confuse you as to which one is good for Indian cooking then this post will clear your doubts.

Olive oil is considered by many as the most exotic, gourmet and sought for oil and therefore many people want to use it for day to day cooking but just don’t do so as it is very expensive. Using olive oil for day to day cooking has become a status stigma. But is it advisable to use it for cooking? If yes, which variety of olive should be used for what? Is it suitable for deep-frying? Which olive oil to buy?

This post answers all such questions and also throws light on different aspects of olive oil in respect of cooking, that too, especially in Indian Kitchen.


Health Benefits 

Also known as ‘Liquid Gold’, Olive oil rules not only the kitchen but equally or even more in the cosmetic as well health industry.

The benefits of Olive oil are innumerable but here we will be focussing only on ‘Olive Oil for cooking


 Olive Oil In India

Till a few years back, olive oil in India was used only for body massage or beauty purposes only. It had an elitist image. But with the inception of Western dishes like Pizza, pasta etc., olive oil is frequently used in most urban Indian kitchens. However, as Indian food is heavy on spices, the aroma of olive oil gets lost and loses its advantage which it has with western dishes.


Lucrative Offers on Various Olive Oil

You go to a departmental store and you will be thoroughly confused seeing the varieties of olive oil shelved there. Recently when I went for my groceries shopping, I went to the olive oil counter. There, the salesman had very lucrative offers on different types of olive oil. That time all I knew was that EVOO was the best oil. The salesman had excellent offers on Pure Olive oil and on Olive Pomace oil. And he tried to explain to me the benefits also of these oils. Highly confused but determined not to be wooed by the salesman, I and my husband decided to buy EVOO only.


I have tried to gather information from various sites and some books as well and explain it in a simple and interesting manner. Hope you will like it and use it in your day to day usage of olive oil. For those who are already experts in this info, I would request them to share their feedback. It will be really interactive that way.

Normally oils are extracted from the seeds or dried fruits of plants, but do you know olive oil is pressed from the pulp of ripe olives?

Different regions of Italy produce distinctively different olive oils. Some are pungent and peppery (like Tuscan oil), some are lighter and sweeter (Ligurian oil) and some are powerful and nutty.


Types of Olive Oil & How to Decide Which One to Use?

Olive oil, the queen of oils, comes in many varieties. Most popular being Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO), Virgin Olive Oil, Pure Olive Oil and Olive Pomace Oil.

The type of oil depends on how the oil was obtained from oil. Depending on the type of olive oil, their usage is also different.

Different olive oils complement different foods and use. It can be used for sautéing, browning, stir-frying, deep-frying, as an ingredient in marinades and sauces such as mayonnaise, pesto, or romesco, and as a condiment, drizzled over various dishes.

Let us discuss each and every type of Olive oil in detail:



Tip: To enjoy its true flavour and aroma, use it raw only without cooking.









To conclude, we can say that:




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Choose your olive oil carefully depending on what you want to use it for. Don’t just get carried away by the prices and promotional offers.

As far as I am concerned, I buy only EVOO and use it only for salads.

Hope you have found this post on Olive oil for Indian cooking useful.

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6 Responses

  1. This is absolutely correct that instead of cooking this oil mostly used in the body massage or beauty purposes. Thanks for explaining Olive oil types and its uses in detail.

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