Peanut oil, also known as groundnut oil or arachis oil, is a vegetable oil derived from peanuts. The oil has a strong peanut flavor and aroma. It is often used in American, Chinese, South Asian and Southeast Asian cuisine, both for general cooking, and in the case of roasted oil, for added flavor.
Groundnut, for most of us, has been a good companion during snack-time hunger, casual strolls in the park, or sheer boredom. Roasted, fried, boiled or salted, they delight the taste buds in a substantial manner. They are a good source of protein and fibre and are certainly a healthier substitute for oily snacks.
The goodness of these legumes can be consumed in an entirely different form as well – groundnut oil (also known as peanut oil). Oil is extracted by pressing harvested groundnuts and is then used for the purpose of cooking.
How is it a better choice than regular oils?
1) Since it has a high smoking point, groundnut oil can be used to deep fry a variety of foods, especially Indian and Chinese. 2) The formation of harmful substances occurs only beyond the smoking point to which groundnut oil takes a long time to reach.
3) It is also reusable. It can be filtered and used several times.
4) Since it has a neutral taste, it does not interfere with the core taste of the dish. Also, it does not absorb the taste of the ingredients, making reusability possible without an unnecessary overlapping of flavours.
5) The reusability makes it cost-effective.
6) It does not turn rancid easily and can be stored for long, provided it is kept in a cool, dark, dry place.