Pure Mustard Oil - Tori ko Tel (तोरी को तेल)
|Field of bright yellow mustard plant in full bloom in Chitwan area, Nepal|
I am here today to share my trip to Mustard Seed Pressing Plant in Kathmandu, Nepal. These photos are captured from the Everest Tori Mil, Kathmandu, Nepal. The mill owner is Mr. Balram Karki and he has been in the business for the past seventeen years. I would like to thank him for showing me his factory and teaching me how the seeds are pressed into oil. He says that all the quality mustard seeds came from Citwan, Nawalparasi, and Dang-Bardia District, Nepal. I am really excited to share the pictorial tour of one of the most loved cooking oil of Nepal, Mustard oil - Tori ko Tel (तोरी को तेल). Here is a pictorial tour of the oil pressing plant. I hope you enjoy watching a real old-fashion way of pressing the mustard seed to extract the oil.
Field of bright yellow-gold colored mustard plant in Gitanagar, Chitwan District of Southern Nepal. Chitwan is famous in Nepal because of its dominant production of mustard from which mustard oil is produced. .........More on the Chitwan district...
|Close-up look of clusters of yellow Mustard flower blooms|
|Everest Tori Mill, Maitidevi, Dhobi Khola,Kathmandu, Nepal|
|A room filled with Mustard seeds stored in a jute sacks at Everest Tori Mill|
|Another room full of more Mustard seeds in yellow plastic sacs, already cleaned and ready to be poured into the machine.|
|Mustard seeds - in my previous blog, I have more images and information of different varieties of Mustard seeds. Please check it out.|
|This is one of the simplest way of crushing the seeds directly to extract the oil. It is so much fun to watch how the pressed oil comes out.|
|When the seeds are processed into oil, a by-product is obtained which is called mustard seed pressed cake and Peena in Nepali.|
|Mustard seeds pressed cakes (Peena) is used in many ways - used for cattle feed, fertilizer, some people wash their hair and face.|
|Collecting the oil....|
|...pouring through filter|
|The final packaging - pure mustard oil is getting ready to be poured up into the bottle.|
|The by-product of the oil left in the floor of the mill is in high in demand. They were selling for Rs 28.00 per kilo.|
|My trip to another mustard oil pressing factory in Kathmandu where they produce roasted mustard oil or Bhuteko tori ko tel-भुटेको तोरीको तेल A cold pressed oil is more stronger than the roasted oil.|
|Mustard oil milling - In this process, the mustard seeds are lightly dry-roasted and cooled before putting in the machine. This softens the harsh raw mustard flavor. The oil is dark amber colored, where as the cold pressed oil is yellow.|
|.....ready for final packaging|
|A hand written friendly sign in Nepali was posted just outside the Everest Tori Mill, which translates to - "Please do not spit in front of the door of the oil mill. Thank you." I wanted to capture this sign for a - "complete Nepali experience".|
|Locally grown Mustard Greens (Tori ko Saag) came from the valley|
|Mustard Greens on the way to the market|
|Beautiful view of fully blooming Mustard Flowers at Gitanagar, Chitwan District, Narayani Zone of Southern Nepal|
Here are some of the useful and informative links about Mustard seeds and oil.