what type of oil is traditionally used in oil lamps lit during diwali?
Mustard oil is a fatty vegetable oil extracted from the mustard seeds. It is dark yellow in color and slightly pungent.
Apart from being a favorite in grandma’s kitchen, this oil forms a part and parcel of Indian tradition and culture. It is used for lighting ‘diyas’ in Diwali as well as in rituals performed in North Indian weddings.
The term mustard oil is used for two different oils that are made from mustard seeds:
A fatty vegetable oil resulting from pressing the seeds,
An essential oil resulting from grinding the seeds, mixing them with water, and extracting the resulting volatile oil by distillation.