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An oil that is mostly derived from the seeds of a mustard plant found in India, which differs from the more common seeds that are found in the Mediterranean. In its raw form, this oil is used as an ointment for arthritis and for other therapeutic purposes. Its culinary use is as a cooking oil that has a mustard flavor. When cooking with mustard oil, you always want to bring the oil to its smoking point before using because this causes a taste change to occur that results in a smoother mustard flavor, unlike most other oils that break down and cause an unpleasant taste when they reach their smoking point. Mustard oil is used in Indian cuisine for vegetable stir-fry and to deep-fry certain wafers and crackers. It is available in Indian and Mid-Eastern grocery stores and once opened it will keep for several months to a year if stored in a refrigerator.
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