Friday, September 6, 2013

Canola Oil meet with BlogAdda

BlogAdda arranged a Canola Cook Out Event at Mumbai.I was eager to attend this event as this would be ideal for a foodie like me who is always on the lookout for health & nutrition.The invitation by BlogAdda  stated that cardiologist Dr Ashish Contractor,nutritionist Naini Setalvad & MasterChef Ajay Chopra would be present ! I wouldn't miss this event for anything !

So ,I registered & BlogAdda confirmed  my presence with a phone call.I attended & had a fabulous time !

I landed at  the Four Seasons  hotel at Worli,Mumbai & was directed towards the library room wherein the Cook Out Event was scheduled .I entered the place to see a few food bloggers who were introducing them selves.It was a long table & chairs were arranged across the table.I took one & was soon seated.Within seconds,my neighbours introduced themselves & asked about my blogs,etc.We began chatting about  our recipes,our followers( if any ? ! ),our other blogs etc.

Very soon ,the event began with Mr Bruce Jowett ,Vice President -Market Development,Canola Council of Canada talking about the Canola oil.He informed us that Canola oil is one of the healthiest oils as it is low in saturated fats,high in monounsaturated fats,,high in omega 3 fat & is a source of Omega -6 fat as well.We were told that Canola oil is absolutely odourless with  a neutral taste.Hence ,it can blend easily with any type of cooking.This means it can suit all palates !Moreover ,Canola oil has a high smoke point.Ideal oil for Indian cooking.Mr Jowett revealed that Canada is the biggest exporter of Canola oil.

Canola oil is derived from seeds of canola plants.Canola plants have been developed from rapeseed plants by doing away with certain undesired characteristics of rapeseed..Canola seeds are similar to poppy seeds & brown to black in colour. The canola seeds yield about 44 % oil.The plants have pods which contain canola seeds which are crushed to get the canola oil.

Dr. Ashish Contractor,Head ,Preventive Cradiology at The Asian Heart Institute,  spoke about the wide spread prevalance of heart diseases in India.Canola oil being healthier can change that.The doctor informed us that more women die of heart disease than men ! If women changed to Canola oil as it is neutral ,has high smoking point & odourless ,it will do wonders for the health of the whole family ! He said that part from genetics ,the causes for heart diseases are blood pressure,diabetes,high cholestrol,smoking & not excercisng.

Nutritionist Naini Setlavad was the next person who gave tips on nutrition.She said that she has switched over to Canola oil .No one in her home is aware that the cooking oil has been changed ! This is a fact.She  said that fat is essential in any dish & hence it is better to eat a better oil to live healthy .With Canola oil,less oil is the norm as little as 1.5 tablespoons of Canola oil per day is enough to decrease coronary heart disease risk per person !

Bread was passed around to be eaten with Canola oil so as to prove that Canola oil was indeed neutral in taste .We all broke bread with Canola oil. Believe me is indeed neutral .Moreover ,I think ,I can just dip bread in Canola oil & eat it just like that without any other accompaniment !

                             Dr Ashish Contractor & MasterChef Ajay Chopra @ the event.

Next MasterChef Ajay Chopra dished up some yummy recipes.He heated canola oil with some herbs....Kashmiri red chillies,Thailand basil & rosemary.I smelled the oils & they all smelled divine ! Next ,he invited the cardiologist to assist him in cooking up Indian dishes like Kothimbir vadis,Chocolate samosas & Green peas gujiyas.All oozing with SIN that is oil...deep fried.This was done as MasterChef Ajay Chopra wanted to demonstrate that Canola oil is an extremely low absorb oil. All attendees started clicking pictures of the two men cooking ( most probably to show the snaps at home so that their better haves would make a beginning in cooking !).

Pradnya was the winner of the most innovative recipe using Canola oil. MasterChef Ajay Chopra inquired from her about the ingredients of her winning cranberry cake recipe. Pradnya was thrilled to be the winner & it showed  as she received a huge hamper of  Canola oil !

                                                  Snacks by the MasterChef for us !

Next ,we broke for high tea...there were snacks created by MasterChef Ajay Chopra like Gujiyas,Kothimbir vadis,et al,.There were vegetable sandwiches....the size was enough to satiate our tummies ! Next came yummy desserts & then coffee or tea as per choice !

                                                                Our goody bag !

Our hunger pangs gone ,we bid adieu to the event .Each of us was gifted a goody bag containing a spatula,a measuring cup,a pen drive,a pen ,an apron & a recipe book ! We headed home enriched with nuggets of information on cooking ,health,nutrition ,lifestyle etal ! In short,an awesome event !

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