Thursday, January 16, 2014


‘Ghee is sweet in taste and cooling in energy, rejuvenating, good for the eyes and vision, enkindles digestion, bestows lustre and beauty, enhances memory and stamina, increases the intellect, promotes longevity, is an aphrodisiac and protects the body from various diseases’ Bhavaprakasha (16th Century Ayurvedic text)

Usli ghee literally meaning 'pure butter' is a basics in Indian cuisine since the Vedic times. It is widely used in Middle-Eastern cooking too. Ghee is a nourishing and very healthy as it doesn't elevate (even lowers!) the cholesterol levels and helps the body to maintain a low state of oxidation.

It can easily be prepared at home by boiling unsalted butter on a slow fire. The heating process removes lactose content and in the outcome, you get a pure 'liquid gold' - a transparent, amber like color ghee possessing wonderful walnut aroma.

There is one more kind of ghee made from mixture of vegetable oils and you can buy it from any Indian grocery or at some on-line shops. It is cheaper but there's no comparison to the real home made ghee! By the way, you can fry in the same ghee for a couple of weeks until it gets burned.


  1. oh ghee. That's pure butter goodness isn't it? ;)

  2. Thank you for this, Zara! I actually didn't realize it was so simple to make. Always something new to learn here. Hope you are having a wonderful week! xo – g