Olive Oil in India : What Type and Which Brand?

8 Apr

With numerous olive oil brands available out there in the Indian urban market, one might wonder which brand is good for specific cooking – salad dressing needs as well as for the use on hair or body. Most importantly, one should know which type shouldn’t be used at all. Well, with this post and my latest 5 minutes video, let me explain what could work for you.

(If you are too lazy to read, please watch the short video below)

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Types of Olive Oil

Olive oil is primarily available in the following broad categories:

  • Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • Virgin Olive oil
  • Pure Olive Oil / Refined Olive Oil
  • Blended Olive oil or Olive oil (i.e. the blend of Virgin and Refined)
  • Pomace (Avoid!!!)

The above is an incomplete list with different manufacturing processes changing the final outcome of the oil.

However, our primary interests are around THREE types of olive oils viz Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Pure Olive Oil and Pomace.

Without much delay we will shortlist it further by dropping Pomace from our list. Pomace is the type of oil that you SHOULD NOT BUY because it is one of the lowest grade oil that is treated with solvents and undergoes several stages of changes. AVOID POMACE although they are available at cheaper price tags. Many consider pomace oil worse than even your standard refined oils such as Soy or Sunflower oil.

(Premium) Extra Virgin Olive oil

Cold pressed Extra Virgin Olive oil is what one needs for raw (direct) usage types such as salad dressing or dips for your bread/dinner rolls etc. One should only go for premium extra virgin oil that is available in dark glass bottles. Never ever buy your expensive extra virgin oils that come in plastic bottles because the good traits of the olive oil are easily lost when it is exposed to harsh light and temperature.

By the way, the extra virgin olive oils are the best for your hair massage and body massage purposes as well. Just make sure that, they are slightly warmed (not heated) when used for massaging purposes. What I usually do is to heat an empty steel bowl for five to ten seconds, remove it from the flame and pour oil into it.

Pure Olive oil (Refined oil) and Virgin oil

This is the second grade of oil that’s good enough for cooking purposes. Pure olive oil is considered safe because it doesn’t undergo any treatment with solvents. These are filtered oils and hence good for generic cooking purposes.

Virgin oil is good for cooking as well but sometimes slightly more expensive for no reason.

By the way, when people talk about just ‘Olive oil’ it often means either refined olive oil or a blend of refined and virgin olive oils. i.e. Unless ‘Pomace’ is specifically mentioned in which case you have to stay away from the same.
(Note: Please note that any type of olive oil is NOT meant for deep frying or high-heat cooking purposes. By doing so, the olive oil gives up all its good reasons. For high heat cooking and deep frying, something like virgin coconut oil is the best as it holds well even at high temperatures)

Which Brands of Olive Oil to buy in India?

Disclosure: Please note that I have no association or business interest with any of these brands, their producers or marketers. My suggestions are purely based on my personal use of these brands.

For extra virgin olive oils, the best brands that I have used are Borges and Leonardo Gold. Make sure that you buy the premium variants that come in darkened glass bottles. Monini Classico is a good brand too. Please note that good quality premium extra virgin olive oil will cost you anywhere between 500 to 750 rupees per half litre. Your salads, soups, cooked vegetables and bread are going to be exceptionally tastier and healthier with the above mentioned extra virgin oils. There may be other brands too that I haven’t tried but I have this habit of going with tried and tested ones only.

For general cooking purposes, the extra virgin is expensive and hence not practical. Most of the pure or refined olive oil brands is good enough for generic cooking. What I mostly use is brands like Ibero, Figaro, Nature Fresh etc and these are usually available at a price range of 400 to 600 rupees per litre (Figaro is slightly more expensive and comes in metal cans)

That’s pretty much about olive oils types and brands. I hope this post is useful to the health freaks out there.

110 Responses to “Olive Oil in India : What Type and Which Brand?”

  1. SURAJITH 09. Aug, 2014 at 11:47 pm #

    i bought Ibero olive pomace oil 5 litre. Having read the quality issues of Pomace, I wont be happy using it. I shall try for a Return with the shop and switch to Olive oil.

    Is the pomace oil good for body massage, in case the dealer refuse to exchange??

    • Ajith Prasad Edassery 11. Aug, 2014 at 10:44 am #

      Pomace is okay (not the best) for body massage although not so for hair massage. In fact, it’s better to stick to extra virgin oil for both hair and head. Pomace or Pure oil may be chemically treated and hence not so good.

    • Prem 29. Aug, 2014 at 2:43 am #

      I think we are missing virgin olive oil as it is good as extra virgin oil also it has higher smoking point so it can be used in hot indian cooking. If extra virgin is used in place it could give you burnt smell in the food.

      Pure virgin (refined(90%) + virgin(10%))is slightly misleading, it doesn’t have essentials in it as refined olive oil mostly.

      • Abhishek chandra 26. Mar, 2016 at 11:57 pm #

        I have delmonte extra virgin olive oil, can I use it for body massage. I found only this one in my city,but it was available only in plastic bottle, guide me that it is helpful for skin…Thank u.

        • Ajith Prasad Edassery 28. Mar, 2016 at 9:21 am #

          For massage, it should be fine. For direct consumption (on salads etc), it’s better to buy Extra virgin that comes in dark glass bottles and kept away from light sources. EV oil that’s kept in plastic bottles oxidizes due to light.

  2. Varun Sehra 18. Nov, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

    I think if olive oil then why not an Indian Brand, currently i m using Oleev – extra virgin olive oil as an edible oil and this is a good product. I totally agree to the fact that these are the Imported brands and as far as i know western organization give as not the best quality, so using oleev. If at all in a problem will deal with them.

  3. kirti 04. Dec, 2014 at 2:52 am #

    Can I use figaro for body massage and hair? And how to use,after or before bath?

    • Ajith Prasad Edassery 09. Dec, 2014 at 11:19 pm #

      Any extra virgin oil is good for both hair and body massage. On how to use the same is outside the scope of this blog. You can find that info on beauty care blogs.

    • Simran kaur 29. Sep, 2016 at 9:51 pm #

      Figaro is best for all cooking body massage n heir massage also I m using it for my little baby

    • Aman Trivedi 03. Nov, 2016 at 3:59 pm #

      why not? it’s the best oil for hair massage. massage it on ur scalp before going to bed and left overnight. wash it away with a mild shampoo(pantene). Do the same at least for 1month and feel the difference. Figaro obviously the best.

  4. smitha menon 09. Feb, 2015 at 1:12 pm #

    can I apply ibero 100%pure olive oil for hair.its written on the bottle for cookng,fryng,nd massage,so is it good for hair,pls reply nd if nt,pls tell whch brand olive oil is good for hair

    • Ajith Prasad Edassery 10. Feb, 2015 at 7:37 pm #

      Well, for body massage pure oil or even Pomace may be okay. However, it’s advisable that you go with good quality Extra Virgin oil for both body and hair as there’s no chemical treatment involved.

  5. debanjana 25. Feb, 2015 at 6:37 pm #

    what brand olive oil should i use for Indian cooking.Not deep frying but normal Indian cooking.

    • Ajith Prasad Edassery 05. Mar, 2015 at 8:45 am #

      More than the brand, please use any Pure or Virgin olive oil for regular Indian cooking. Do not waste money on extra virgin olive oil wherever any heating is involved.

      As for the brand, anything like Figaro, Ibero, Nature Fresh or most such popular brands seen in supermarket racks will help.

      • Varun Sehra 05. Mar, 2015 at 11:01 am #

        I would like to break you on the information and extra virgin and extra light are not for deep frying they are more like fruit juices. I have tried Oleev Pomace oil for deep frying and found it better then other oils.

        • Ajith Prasad Edassery 24. Mar, 2015 at 9:58 pm #

          Agree on that Extra virgin/virgin are NOT meant for deep frying. As for deep frying why even go for Olive oil (Pomace for example)? Go for any other oil such as coconut oil with high smoke point.

      • Alka 13. Mar, 2015 at 5:08 pm #

        Is oleev extra virgin oil good for body massage??
        whats benefits of it?

        • Ajith Prasad Edassery 19. Mar, 2015 at 10:27 am #

          Typically, any Extra Virgin oil will do. However, I haven’t used the particular brand you talked about.

  6. yashasvi garg 20. Mar, 2015 at 12:00 am #

    Hello sir
    Today I read about olive oil on your website. Actually I was finding a way
    to select the olive oil for cooking purpose. We are using pomace olive oil
    with following composition : 85% pomace refined olive oil and 15 % extra
    virgin olive oil. Is it ok to use this olive oil? Please suggest which
    olive oil we should use for cooking vegetables with composition.

  7. ham 30. Mar, 2015 at 8:35 pm #

    Olive Oil is NOT suitable for Indians. If you understand evolutionary biology and medicine, humans(genotype) and its food have co-evolved over time.
    eg.Buffalo Mozarella in Pizzas is harmless for Europeans who have lived mostly in cold environments relying on meat & cheese, but the same would cause high morbidity in Indians even with lesser obesity.
    As a general rule,food which cant be grown in your local environment is hazardous.
    Also, major international brands are adulterated.
    Besides, international transport of food causes environmental damage.Eat local.

    The fad in India of Olive Oil is mainly a result of EU advertising aimed at generating income for an economy which is sinking. Greece,Spain & Italy(major Olive Oil producers) are the worst economies.The Petrodollar is dying and EU is about to break up. This will cause depression & civil war in Europe.

    Olive Oil is inferior to Coconut Oil and Sesame oil in health benefits.

    • Ajith Prasad Edassery 09. Apr, 2015 at 7:51 pm #

      Agree that Coconut oil (best for deep frying) and Sesame oil have certain health benefits but it doesn’t mean that Olive oil is bad. The extra virgin oil has proven health benefits as per research from even non-olive oil producing countries.

    • Ram 29. Oct, 2015 at 4:26 pm #

      Right Said My friend. We have been using coconut oil for ages and is staple oil. Still ppl live in kerala. Health issues started to creep in due to urbanization.. processed food.. refrigirated and reheated fast food. Its only a trick to revive dying economy.

    • Urmi 26. Apr, 2016 at 11:40 pm #

      Even I read this before from many research areas that most of the foods that can be grown in local are suitable for the health of people in that areas. this is nature!

  8. Surya Narayana 11. Apr, 2015 at 12:18 pm #

    Really great article friend. Just now bought a GOIO Olive Oil its a Pomace Olive Oil .. I skippe it as you said :)

    Can you explain why we must not use Pomace ?

    • Ajith Prasad Edassery 18. Apr, 2015 at 11:26 pm #

      Pomace is made from the left over pulp, seeds and skin after pressing out good quality extra virgin oil once or twice. Since this left over oil cannot be extracted via mechanical pressing, they use solvent extraction process using chemical solvents such as Hexane. It also involves heating of oil and then cooling during which the oil would have lost all its goodness. In short, instead of using Pomace, one could as well use cheaper oils that are used for typical Indian cooking and they are way better.

  9. Andrew 28. Apr, 2015 at 7:04 pm #


    Can you suggest what type of oil needs to be used for Deep Frying. Can we use Canola Oil for deep frying instead of coconut or Sunflower oil? I assume Pomace as per your suggestions should be avoided.Also Extra Virgin and Pure Olive oil are not recommended for deep frying.

    • Ajith Prasad Edassery 29. Apr, 2015 at 8:40 pm #

      Other than Coconut oil and Sunflower oil, any other oil with high smoke point is good for deep frying. For example, Canola oil, Peanut oil, Mustard oil, Safflower oil – all of them are good.

  10. Aarav thakur 18. May, 2015 at 6:38 am #

    I like your post ….that really help me out to choose a better brand for specific purpose…i want to know Is Figaro is genuine olive oil extracted …and is it good for hair too…

    • Ajith Prasad Edassery 20. May, 2015 at 12:44 pm #

      Figaro extra virgin is good for hair. Avoid Pure or Refined olive oils.

      • Bhupesh 22. Nov, 2015 at 2:16 pm #

        Dear Ajith,
        Firstly, kudos to you that you are maintaining your blog properly and making sure you answer everyone!
        Regarding Figaro olive oil; Ingredients (refined+virgin)olive oil, I’m using it for over 2 years and I always purchase 5 ltrs in metal container.
        My cholesterol was little high over last few years. I think it has helped me maintaining good cholestrol, but has not done much about bad cholestrol or trigs… Well, such details should not be discussed here, but do you have any other recommendations of using other olive oil brand/type?
        Our cooking style is regular Indian style cooking.. We don’t deep fry things in olive oil.. Nor use extra virgin oil for dressings..

  11. P. Sudanthiranathan 27. Jun, 2015 at 12:24 pm #

    Purchased in the Supermarket Extra Virginia Olive oil in a plastic container. Is it good for to decrease the Cholesterol. Expecting you reply, because it cannot be return back since purchased from Supermarket. Thank you.

    • Ajith Prasad Edassery 29. Jun, 2015 at 9:06 pm #

      Extra Virgin Olive oil shipped in Plastic container is still good olive oil. However, the ones that come in dark glass bottle will retain its goodness and aroma longer.

  12. Ravi Shankar S N 27. Jun, 2015 at 5:22 pm #

    Thanks for the information
    Unfortunately I brought 2 bottles (1 Liter each)Pomace olive oil just now. Instead of cumbersome procedure of returning them, I will use it for the last time and finish it.

    • Uttam 05. Aug, 2016 at 12:32 pm #

      Is Figaro olive oil suitable for general cooking like poha and all or normal vegetable cooking loki aloo nd all ?

      If not what oil should use my father has bp problem excess weight

      • Ajith Prasad Edassery 08. Aug, 2016 at 8:24 pm #

        Figaro is a good oil for cooking. Please do not use Olive oil for deep frying though.

  13. farheen 30. Jun, 2015 at 2:14 pm #

    I have bought borges olive oil classic. It is not written on it weather it is extra virgin, pomace or any other quality. Can i use it on my hairs?

  14. Gaurav 09. Jul, 2015 at 3:36 pm #

    Dear Ajit,
    thanks for providing the detailed info on olivy oil types and usages. However I have still confused on one thing. You say that for Indian cooking we can use Virgin/Pure olive oil. However most of the Indian cooking is generally high heat cooking (not talking about deep frying) in which these oils may not be useful. Please clarify on the same.
    Thanks in advance for the help.

    • Ajith Prasad Edassery 10. Jul, 2015 at 9:15 am #

      Gaurav, you are right! For deep frying, oils with high smoke points are the best. Sunflower oil, Canola oil, Peanut oil, Mustard oil, Safflower oil – all of them that we typically use regionally in India. When I say, pure/virgin olive for ‘regular’ cooking it means, sauteing, stir frying type of cooking. And the advantage here is less saturated and trans-fats that get into your body. However, any oil for that matter, if you see the smoke while cooking, probably you are stretching it beyond it smoke point and the oil has started breaking down which is not good!

  15. Minnie Pandit 10. Jul, 2015 at 10:06 am #

    Ajit honestly speaking I love to spend my money on best of the

    foods reasons well known to all.Health is WEALTH!

    Happy to read invaluable info on extra virgin oil.We have been

    using it since last 20 years when it was not available in India.

    you enhanced our information.One celebrity chef said yesterday

    that EVO oil has impurities so it shld b heated before cooking

    Well I cook my veggies without oil and pour oil liberally after putting off the flame like we drizzle it on salads.

    kindly guide!

    • Ajith Prasad Edassery 15. Jul, 2015 at 10:57 am #

      Well, as a veteran user of EVO, you must be knowing a lot more :) I have no clue whether the oil contains impurities that it has to be heated. If that was the case, why wouldn’t they remove the impurities after cold pressing the same? Heating may remove impurities but any good qualities of the oil as well, I would presume!

  16. Vivek 15. Jul, 2015 at 1:53 pm #

    I am a first time buyer of Olive oil. I just bought – Gaia Extra light for cooking and Gaia extra virgin for salad dressing. But now I am confused. I have option to return it. Should I get an exchange to Leonardo olive oil or Gaia is equally good. Please suggest.

  17. Sandhya 06. Aug, 2015 at 8:22 pm #

    Hi, I bought Farrell extra virgin oil. Is the quality of this brand good? Also can I use itfor my hair/face/body? Appreciate if you could guide me.

    • Ajith Prasad Edassery 13. Aug, 2015 at 11:40 am #

      I think Farrell is a good brand for massaging. If you stick to what I mentioned here (not the brands, but how it’s packaged in dark glass bottles and not very old in terms of date of packaging/manufacturing) there may be more benefits.

  18. Andrew 30. Aug, 2015 at 1:07 am #

    As per my nutritionist suggestion I need to switch to olive oil and she is suggesting me to go for the brand
    Can you please suggest if it’s ok to opt for 5 litre pack of olive oil. This will be primarily used for Cooking Indian dishes. I read some where that’s it’s always best to go for smaller pack.

    • Ajith Prasad Edassery 09. Sep, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

      If your consumption is less, it’s better to go for smaller bottles. It’s not advisable to store it for longer. Most of those discount sales (1L for 1L) you see online and otherwise, is to dispose older stock. They never advertise the production date or date of packaging.

  19. Nawaz 08. Sep, 2015 at 2:37 pm #

    Hi. You mentioned buying extra virgin olive oil only the ones stored in dark glass bottles.I’m not sure if the one I found is dark enough, so can you tell me what you think of it:

    (Link removed)

    Should I buy it, or should I look for a darker bottle?

    this one looks darker and is also organic:

    (Link removed)

    • Ajith Prasad Edassery 09. Sep, 2015 at 2:48 pm #

      Both looks good to me. Not sure if there’s any worth in paying more for Organic though.

  20. Chinthan 20. Oct, 2015 at 1:41 pm #

    Hi, Can I use extra virgin oil for hair? Is there a different extra virgin oil meant for hair & cooking or is it meant for both purpose ?

    • Ajith Prasad Edassery 26. Oct, 2015 at 12:18 pm #

      Yes you can. The extra virgin Olive oil – being rich in Vitamin E and having anti-inflamatory properties – is very good for hair. You can use any good brand of Extra Virgin oil.

  21. Devasheesh 21. Oct, 2015 at 12:52 pm #

    It’s good but very expensive
    Need to reduce the prize
    By Devasheesh
    Age 12

  22. vinod 02. Nov, 2015 at 1:32 pm #

    Which type of olive oil should i use for everyday Indian cooking.

  23. Mukunda 30. Dec, 2015 at 2:39 pm #

    It’s good. Thanks for the help.

  24. abu 09. Jan, 2016 at 2:48 am #

    Which oil is best for gym maintainance

  25. Soumendra 09. Jan, 2016 at 2:40 pm #

    I bought seiga extra virgin oil, it was in a plastic bottle. Is it bad quality, because it cheaper. I should have borges but its price was the exact double.

  26. shivani chawla 19. Jan, 2016 at 8:59 pm #

    I have very dry skin extreamly dry skin
    Somebody suggested me go use extra virgin olive oil on facial skin .
    Which barand of extra virgin olive oil is good for d facial skin?

  27. mohid 03. Feb, 2016 at 8:55 am #

    Thanks ajith, one peculiar thing I noted in olive oil thts 100 percent cold pressed, if you take a teaspoonful in morning, blood sugar reduced drastically, I don’t know why, people with low blood glocuse, please avoid,
    its natural diab 2 reducer.

  28. subhani shaik 10. Feb, 2016 at 3:03 pm #

    Baby girl massage oil.. One week born

    • Ajith Prasad Edassery 14. Feb, 2016 at 6:05 pm #

      I do not know much about this topic. But as I read on some sites, it’s better to avoid Olive oil on newborn babies. Perhaps when the baby is a few months old you may use it (as per my reading)

  29. Naveed Mohammed 15. Feb, 2016 at 8:47 pm #

    Now I am using borges extra virgin olive oil for all types of cooking even deep fry.. can I use it ..I have no problem of price tag.

    Or if refer me what should I use for deep fry .like extra light olive oil or safolla gold

    • Ajith Prasad Edassery 26. Feb, 2016 at 5:00 pm #

      You can use extra virgin for cooking, stir frying etc but NOT for deep frying. It won’t add any value. Coconut oil, Sunflower oil, Canola oil, Peanut oil, Mustard oil, Safflower oil – all of them are good for deep frying as they have high smoke point.

  30. saad 22. Feb, 2016 at 10:44 am #

    Hi Ajith,

    I bought a borges extra virgin olive oil. is it pure? can i apply it on hair?

    • Ajith Prasad Edassery 26. Feb, 2016 at 4:52 pm #

      That’s one of the best I have used so far. It’s really good and you can use it for hair/body massage.

  31. vinod jain 25. Feb, 2016 at 6:08 am #

    how about Delmonte extra virgin oil ?

    • Ajith Prasad Edassery 26. Feb, 2016 at 4:52 pm #

      Haven’t used it yet.

      • Tejinder 06. Mar, 2016 at 11:19 pm #

        I hve bought delmonte extra light olive oil.
        But iam confused .what is the difference between extra light olive oil and extra virgin olive oil.
        Can i use extra light olive oil for all purpose cooking except frying.
        Or else i should go for extra virgin olive oil as there’s not much price difference.

        • Ajith Prasad Edassery 14. Mar, 2016 at 6:28 pm #

          Extra light may be treated oil or something that went through chemical process. Go for extra virgin only.

        • Jerónimo 12. Apr, 2016 at 7:54 pm #

          The Extra Light Olive Oil is the same Oil than Pure Olive Oil which it is a blend of Refined Olive Oil and Extra Virgin but the main difference is that in the proccess of deodorization and decoloration are more severe so that it is that the taste and the colour is lighter. I work for a big Olive Oil company in Spain so I have seen the proccess by myself.

  32. Anurag 04. Mar, 2016 at 11:07 am #

    Any recommendations on what should be used for baby massage? We use Figaro but as per your analysis above it looks like we should use Borges Extra Virgin?

    • Ajith Prasad Edassery 14. Mar, 2016 at 6:30 pm #

      Go for any extra virgin oil that comes in dark green bottles. Borges, Leonardo etc are good. By the way, it’s not recommended to use olive oil on babies from day one. You may want to use it after a few weeks, as per my reading.

  33. ANKUR SHARMA 11. Mar, 2016 at 9:24 pm #

    Hi Ajit,

    we are using the mustard oil and now wanted to switch to olive oil.So which one is the best olive oil for cooking.

    • Ajith Prasad Edassery 14. Mar, 2016 at 6:36 pm #

      For deep frying, please stick to your Mustard Oil. For salads, pasta, light stir frying etc, you may use extra virgin oil. For regular cooking, use any Pure or Virgin olive oil brand (Don’t use Extra virgin for regular cooking).

  34. Anil Goel 13. Apr, 2016 at 2:46 pm #

    Can we use Borges EVOO for every purpose of cooking in our kitchen like frying etc

    • Ajith Prasad Edassery 16. Apr, 2016 at 8:39 am #

      Better avoid Extra Virgin for frying. EV’s use is in raw form for salads, pastas etc

  35. Rahul Sharma 15. May, 2016 at 11:40 pm #

    Can I use extra virgin olive oil like (Borges or leonardo gold) for both: Salads as well as hair massage?
    or Figaro olive oil for hair massage?
    please suggest.

  36. SHRI 27. May, 2016 at 8:57 am #

    Very educative and eye opener. Seiga. Brand extra Virginia is selling at 650 per litreOlive oil . Will it be pure

  37. Nitin arhatia 02. Jul, 2016 at 10:17 pm #

    I want to use olive oil for hair but i m liitle confused wheather there is a any diff between figaro olive oil and gaia extra light olive oil for healthy cooking . And also i can use olive oil in hair if it for cooking purpose

    • Ajith Prasad Edassery 03. Jul, 2016 at 9:47 am #

      When they say ‘Extra Light’, I would think it’s processed oil. Better go with regular Extra Virgin oil.

  38. surbhi 07. Jul, 2016 at 2:17 pm #

    can i use basso cooking olive oil for hair growth treatment?

    • Ajith Prasad Edassery 08. Jul, 2016 at 11:58 am #

      You have to check which type of Olive oil it’s. If it’s extra virgin, you can use for hair too. Pure/Light/Refined/Blended/Pomace etc are better avoided for hair.

  39. Vittal babu 23. Jul, 2016 at 6:11 pm #

    Applying any oil for hair does not do any good. It is scientifically proven that applying oil to increase growth, thickness, reduce early balding or whitening is a myth and a marketing gimmick. Don’t waste expensive Olive oil on applying to hair. Body massage with oil including to head will increase blood circulation and absorption into body. This is OK. But regular application of oil to hair for cosmetic purposes does no good except greasing the cloths and needing extra shampoo to clean. Edible oil draining in sewerage is an environment pollutant under Pollution Control norms.

  40. Ritika jain 07. Aug, 2016 at 8:06 pm #

    Thanks for giving us the information about the olive oil. But I have some queries regarding olive oil. I want to know that for cooking vegetables should I use extra virgin or virgin olive oil. And another thing is that you told us to buy dark coloured glass bottles of olive oil but olive oils are available mostly in plastic bottles

    • Ajith Prasad Edassery 08. Aug, 2016 at 8:28 pm #

      Any high heat cooking, deep frying etc shouldn’t use Extra virgin. It’s meant for salad dressing or quick stir frying etc. You can use Pure or Virgin olive oil for regular cooking.

      Good quality extra virgin olive oil is available in dark colored bottles. Brands like Leonardo, Borges etc. Some brands like Figaro are available in metal tins.

      • Jay 10. Oct, 2016 at 9:34 pm #

        I came across Athena brand in south India. Does any know pros and cons of this brand please?

  41. cs chandran 05. Oct, 2016 at 5:13 pm #

    I am using Figaro and Leonardo extra virgin in darkened glass bottles for Dosa, Chutney powder, Upma, Powa,etc. Is it OK and for garnishing. Is it OK. Your advice will go a long way for my healthcare as I have undergone Bypass surgery for heart.

    • Ajith Prasad Edassery 21. Oct, 2016 at 3:32 pm #

      Dear sir, Extra virgin oils could be used for some of the low heating/cold usage as mentioned by you. Avoid the same for deep frying and shallow frying. Wishing you good health.

  42. ajay 27. Oct, 2016 at 4:45 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this useful information.
    i want to use raw olive oil for direct consumption for cleaning bowls and treating constipation,for that purpose i bought extra virgin oil of DiSano brand,but it is in plastic bottel.can i use it or should i change the brand?

    • Ajith Prasad Edassery 28. Oct, 2016 at 8:50 am #

      Ajay, I haven’t used DiSano yet. Olive oil stored in plastic bottles are said to oxidize faster than the one stored in SS or dark glass bottles. Having said that, if you get a batch of recently produced (Date of Production) oil, it wouldn’t make a lot of difference. Usually, what we get in department / online stores is several months old oil and hence dark glass bottle is always the best option.

  43. Roshni 15. Nov, 2016 at 4:22 pm #

    I am using borges olive oil – extra light which is in plastic bottle for daily general cooking.I would like to whether it is the right brand for daily cooking? Also please suggest ny indian brand…

    • Ajith Prasad Edassery 16. Nov, 2016 at 2:48 pm #

      For regular cooking it may be sufficient. When we talk about dark-glass bottles, it’s for extra virgin olive oil.

      • ammulu 17. Nov, 2016 at 4:00 pm #

        hii..i bought disano olive oil{aceite de oliva} 5ooml in plastic container.ingredients are refined oil{85%}and extra virgin olive oil{15%}.in that bottle it is for frying sauteing and grilling .so my doubt is can i use this olive for hair and body massage.because i bought because of this reason only.

        • Ajith Prasad Edassery 21. Nov, 2016 at 9:04 am #

          85% refined oil means, it may not be the best for hair or body. Better get virgin oil.

  44. Gurpreet 26. Nov, 2016 at 6:03 am #

    Thanks for the insight.
    Ur input will help me in selecting the right olive oil.

  45. Manish Tandon 06. Dec, 2016 at 8:53 pm #


    I would like to know whether Olive Refined oil purchased from market is good in comparision to Mustard oil and sesame oil purchased from Village. Mustard oil/Sesame Oil from Village does not go through chemical process and are pure in every respect. So PLease suggest which is best for Cooking and deep Frying among the 3. Waiting for your reply, Thanks Maneesh

    • Ajith Prasad Edassery 17. Dec, 2016 at 11:35 pm #

      For deep frying, definitely it’s to be Indian oils such as Sunflower oil, Coconut oil etc. Olive oil is not exactly the best fit here.

  46. debjeet 18. Dec, 2016 at 9:34 am #

    i need to know which type & brand of olive oil is best for hair and even also for skin under normal price, as i am student thats why its also necessary to kept my pockey money budget.
    Thanks Regars,

    • Ajith Prasad Edassery 20. Dec, 2016 at 10:35 am #

      It has to be Extra Virgin olive oil man. Pick any brand for massage. Better pick 1L bottle as you get better deals.

  47. Pankaj 01. Jan, 2017 at 4:53 pm #

    Does olive oil massage work for skin fairness to my baby girl

    • Ajith Prasad Edassery 02. Jan, 2017 at 9:31 am #

      Not sure if it makes the skin fairer but definitely healthier because of its anti-oxidant properties. Any extra virgin oil is good.

  48. Rajesh 12. Jan, 2017 at 6:06 pm #

    Plz guide me for olive oils ..which is d best for ppl hvng high cholesterol levls & can we use in our daily use … in parathas & deep frying etc

    • Ajith Prasad Edassery 16. Jan, 2017 at 9:43 am #

      First, as the post and video says, don’t use Olive oil for deep frying. Use whatever oil you have been using in your region in India – be it Coconut oil, Mustard, Sunflower whatever. For stir frying, making regular curries etc you can use Virgin Olive oil or even Pure Olive oil. For cold usages (salads, chutneys, topping any other dish), please use Extra Virgin Olive oil (EVOO) typically bottled as mentioned here.

  49. sagubar sathik 16. Jan, 2017 at 2:29 am #

    Respected sir
    I have purchased seiga 500ml extra virgin olive oil in pet bottle no glass bottle ( first cold pressed ) . This is branded or not.this is original or not. Can I use as hair oil. Please answer soon

    • Ajith Prasad Edassery 16. Jan, 2017 at 9:39 am #

      Sure you can for hair or body massage. Any EVOO brand will do. Just make sure that the date of production is too long back (should be ideally within 6 months or so)

  50. Ritika 21. Jan, 2017 at 1:58 am #

    Can I use Figaro extra virgin olive oil for body massage n hair care? please reply

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