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Ghee

Also Known As : Ghruta, ghritam, ghritham, ghrut, ghrutham, sarpi (Sanskrit), butter Oil, clarified butter, drawn butter, seafood butter (English), Neyyuh (Malayalam), tuppa (Kannada), toop, sajuk tup (Marathi), ghyo (Punjabi), Toplenoe maslo (Russian)

Vegetarian

Taste Profile

Ghee has a slightly nutty taste

Usage Tips

  1. Ghee is used as an addition with certain dishes like puranpoli, batti, roti, dosa, kesari bath and khichdi.
  2. It is used as an ingredient in preparation of desserts like mysore pak, halwa and laddoo.
  3. Hot ghee along with cumin seeds and asafetida (hing) issued to add tadka to various north Indian curries and cooked lentils.
  4. Always cover the ghee container with a lid to avoid the entry of dust.
  5. Always take ghee with clean spoon or ladle.

Common names and forms

  1. Asli ghee
  2. Clarified Butter (Ghee)
  3. Clarified Butter (Milk)
  4. Clarified Milk Fat
  5. Clarified Milk Fat (Ghee)
  6. Desi Ghee
  7. Desi Ghee (Clarified Butter)
  8. Oil/ghee
  9. Pure Dairy Ghee
  10. Pure Desi Ghee
  11. Pure Ghee

Description

Ghee is a type of clarified butter that originated in India and is widely used in the preparation of South Asian, Iranian, Arabic and Indian cuisines. Ghee is composed of full spectrum short, medium and long-chain fatty acids, both unsaturated and saturated. Traditionally ghee can be prepared at home by various methods using milk butter where sour raw milk is churned into butter which is then boiled in an open pan to allow the water to evaporate and form ghee. By heating for a long period of time fresh cream can be used to give caramel-flavored ghee. Cream butter can also be used to prepare ghee. Here, milk is separated into a cream which is then churned into butter which later undergoes heat clarification to produce ghee. (heat clarification refers to the method of application of heat to separate the layers of two or more liquids).Ghee is often used in place of oil during deep frying. This is because it has a smoke point of 482 F / 250 C which is much higher than that of many oils.

Health benefits

  • Ghee has a good content of fat-soluble vitamins like Vitamin A, D, E and K. These nutrients help in eliminating free radicals and maintaining cell integrity. Individually each of these vitamins has a significant role to play. Vitamin A and E have anti-inflammatory effects while Vitamin K helps in blood clotting.(1)
  • Ghee is a good source of short-chain fatty acids called butyrate. Butyrate helps in the growth of good bacteria which aid the process of digestion. (1)
  • Butyrate along with other conjugated fatty acids has anti-cancer properties. It helps to reduce the growth of cancer cells. (1)
  • Ghee helps in melting fats. Ghee has essential amino acids that help to mobilize fat and allows the fat cells to shrink in size. (2)

Selection Guide

Cow’s milk is considered healthier than buffalo milk. To know if the ghee is made of buffalo milk, read the label carefully. Avoid buying vanaspati ghee as it is not good for health.

Note

Obese or overweight people should avoid ghee as it may add to their body weight and result in making them unhealthier.  Heart patients should avoid ghee as it contains fatty acids which increase the blood pressure and make them more prone to such attacks. People having diarrhea and jaundice should avoid ghee as it increases the lubrication of the stomach and affects bowel movements make it more severe. (3)

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