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What is vanaspati, hydrogenated fat? glossary | benefits | uses | recipes |
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What is vanaspati, hydrogenated fat, dalda?

Ghee imparts a rich, buttery taste and aroma to several Indian foods. Vanaspati, an alternative to ghee, is made from partially-hydrogenated permitted vegetable oils, and converted to solid form by hydrogenation. It is white and grainy (danedaar) in texture and is favoured for deep-frying. It is used as a ghee substitute in cooking as well in the production of bakery products, sweets and snack items.

Dalda is the best known brand of Vanaspati.

Also known as

Hydrogenated fat, dalda

How to select vanaspati, hydrogenated fat, dalda

• Choose a reliable brand and select a pack size as per your requirement.
• Sometimes, the product may be fortified with vitamin A & D for health benefits. So, read the labels carefully and choose.

Culinary Uses of vanaspati, hydrogenated fat, dalda in Indian Cooking

• Vanaspati is so flavorful that it is enough to use just half or two-thirds as much as other cooking oils.
• It has a very high burning point and doesn't burn or smoke during cooking.
• It combines excellently with a wide variety of spices.
• You can use Vanaspati ghee to sauté foods, in baking, to deep-fry, or even as a spread.
• It is often used for frying, when making sweets like gulab jamun, jalebis etc.
• Vanaspati is very commonly used in preparing bakery foods like puffs, khari, breads and biscuits, nankhatai, cakes, sweets and ice-cream too.
• Although very economical, it is better to use Vanaspati ghee merely as a flavouring/seasoning rather than the primary fat due to the presence of trans-fatty acids.

How to store vanaspati, hydrogenated fat, dalda

• Vanaspati ghee can be stored in an air-tight container. It does not need refrigeration.

Health benefits of vanaspati, hydrogenated fat, dalda

When Vanaspati is made, trans-fatty acids are also produced; these increase the risk of heart disease and thus is best avoided.

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 on 23 Nov 22 06:11 PM

Extensive knowledge. Brief yet significant coverage.
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Tarla Dalal    Thanks for the feedback.
28 Nov 22 10:32 AM