What is Ghee?
Ghee is a pure butter fat made from cow milk. Ghee is similar to clarified butter, except that the butter is cooked a step further to remove a little more moisture and most of the milk solids. Browning these milk solids brings out the nutty and unmistakable aroma of ghee.
Ages ago Indians discovered how to make ghee to preserve the butter or cream they had on hand, as they had no source of refrigeration.
Ghee is used mainly in Indian Cooking and in Ayurvedic Practices. Recently, however, ghee has become quite popular in high-fat diets as the fats in ghee have been recognized for their healthy qualities.
What makes ghee healthy for you?
For centuries, Ghee has been used in Ayurvedic practices for numerous reasons, one of them being to get rid of toxins in the body.
Ghee is rich in Vitamins A, D, K and E as well as in a CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) an anti oxidant with anti-virul properties.
It's a good healthy fat that should be in everyones cupboard. 'It's a good fat that burns your bad fat'. Research indicates that ghee, free from trans-fatty acids, is a key component in helping with weight loss.
Ghee is easily digested by individuals who have an intolerance to casein or lactose.
Why use Ghee?
Ghee has a high smoking point, therefore making it popular amongst home cooks and chefs alike. The higher temperature brings out the flavors of the vast array of spices that need to be tempered at such a high heat.
Ghee is shelf-stable and can last for months at room temperature.
How can I use Ghee?
Introduce yourself to ghee by spreading it on toast. Don't blame me if you get addicted :)
Sauté your vegetable with a little ghee, you will absolutley love it!
Pan-frying fish in ghee is like no other. Yum!
Add a knob of ghee to freshly made rice and watch it melt away before digging in.
Switch out the butter for ghee in baking recipes.
Ghee can be used on pretty much anything that calls for butter.
Other uses for Ghee
Ghee was and is still used for lighting lamps during spiritual practices because of it's pure state.
Ghee works effectively in relieving cracked lips, cuticles and more.
My mother would immediately slather ghee onto a skin burn when in the kitchen.
Newborns in india are massaged with pure oils such as almond, sesame and ghee.
It is customary in some Indian cultures to give a newborn a tiny taste of dates mixed with a little ghee! Now that's a good welcoming if you ask me :)
Well... there you have it! A little bit about Ghee...