The SK meters:
In order to help you choose a recipe that is appropriate for your tastes, we display SK meters next to most recipes. The SK meter is a relative scale and indicates the oiliness or the heat of a dish. Since the scale is relative, some human judgement is always involved in setting the scale.
For example, Masur Dal or plain lentils rates a very low Oil and Heat index.
Chicken Pratima, on the other hand, is rather rich but the flavour is mild, so this dish rates a high oil index but a low heat index. Any recipe with even a small amount of oil added gets 1 on the oil index, but this does not mean that the dish is oily. Indian cuisine without the addition of any oil is rare, and in such cases the meter indicates a zero. Similarly, the heat of a dish will depend on the amount of chillies or pepper added and whether in the final outcome, these flavours are enhanced or subdued.
Certain recipes online arbitrarily reduce the amounts of oil and fat in order to make the dish calorie-friendly. We do not believe in this strategy since the end result is far from the actual dish, and in these instances we rely on reader choices. In some instances, you may be able to get a reasonable taste by reducing the amounts of oil and butter specified, but this is rare. Of note, Mughal cuisine flavours rely on the correct amount of butter/ghee/oil and reducing this simply ruins the taste and texture. Typically, dishes with high oily ratings are not recommended for daily consumption, but are great for parties and the special menu.
The SK meters are part of our efforts to make available a wide choice of food recipes catering to as many people as possible. We hope you will take advantage of these new features to better enjoy your food. Eat well and live happily!
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