Achars related to usage of salt and edible oil

Hindu Dharma has taught us how to perform various achars associated with cooking in an appropriate manner. Table salt is one of the most important ingredients in cooking. Though salt-less food is tasteless food, following points will explain why use of salt should be restricted. Also let us understand characteristics of different types of edible oils through this article.

1. Table salt

1 A. Add table salt just sufficient to improve the taste

By adding table salt just sufficient to improve the taste of a dish,care is taken to restrict the Raja-Tama components in them from functioning with the help of other food ingredients.

1 B. Avoid excessive consumption of table salt

Due to excessive consumption of table salt, the Raja-Tama-predominant waves remain in a congregated state in the body and form centre sat respective places. Subsequently, negative energies dwell in these centres. Therefore, avoid excessive use of table salt in meals.

1 C.At night, do not exchange items such
as table salt and old curds that are used as utara 

Night is considered an inauspicious period by Dharma due to Raja-Tama-predominant environment.Exchange of any Raja-Tama-predominant items during this period is prohibited; for, nights being conducive to Raja-Tama-predominant exchange, there is a strong possibility of obstruction by negative energies in every act and also of negative energies from one house entering the other through the medium of such items.Generally, an utara of salt, bhakri, buttermilk or any sour item is given for attracting the inferior level negative energies. This is called ‘white utara’. Therefore, do not perform an inauspicious act of exchanging items such as salt and old curds at night.

1 D. Do not serve salt on the palm and eat

Table salt is considered Raja-Tama-predominant. When table salt is taken on the palm, the rapidly functioning Raja component waves in it dissipate into the body and help the Tama component to congregate in the body; hence, taking table salt on the palm and eating is considered inappropriate.

2. Edible oil

 Oil is Agnitattva (Absolute Fire Principle)predominant, has latent heat, sharp, sweet, bitter, nutritious, slightly astringent, clean, aphrodisiac, beautifying and softener for skin; it also strengthens the muscles and enhances energy.

 Mustard  Linseed Safflower  Peanut Sunflower Coconut Sesame
The
component
from the
subtle-air
emitted by
the oil
 Tama-Raja Raja-Tama (When compared with safflower oil)  Raja-Tama
(When compared
with peanut oil)
 Raja-Tama  Raja-Sattva  Raja-Sattva  Sattva-Raja
The subtle-body
that
is affected
Praṇadeha
(Vital body)
Praṇadeha
and praṇamaya-
kosha
(Vital  energy
sheath)
Praṇadeha and
Praṇamaya-kosha
Praṇadeha Praṇamaya-kosha Praṇamaya-kosha  Praṇamaya-kosha
and
Manomaya-kosha
(Mental
sheath)
The level
of waves
emitted by
a lit lamp
 Gross
among the
gross
  Gross   Gross Gross  Gross-subtle Gross-subtle  Subtle-gross
The Deity
Principle
attracted to the lamp
Subordinate
Deities,
likewise
subordinate
negative
energy
Subordinate
Deities,
superior
negative
energy
Subordinate
Deities like Asara
(found at water
reservoirs), subordinate
type of
negative energy
Subordinate
Deities
Subordinate
Deities
Subordinate
superior
Deities
Superior
Deities
Panchatattva
related to
the waves
emitted by
the lamp
Pruthvi(Absolute Earth Principle)+
Apa (Absolute Water Principle)
Pruthvi +
Apa
 Apa Apa + Tej (Absolute Fire Principle)  Tej  Tej  Tej + Vayu(Absolute Air Principle)
Reference : Sanatan’s Holy Text “Components required for cooking a meal”