A Jar Full Of Benefits – Ghee
Golden in colour, nutty and savoury in flavor – you cannot escape the magic of Ghee!
Considered to be the ultimate cooking oil, with healing benefits for both mind and body, ghee has been the staple in Indian cuisine since time unknown. One can trace its roots to Ayurveda, where it is considered to be sacred, medicinal, nourishing and has cleansing properties.
What is Ghee?
With a rich nutrient profile, ghee is basically butter that is cleaned of milk solids. When fresh butter is melted and boiled for a while, the water evaporates, leaving behind the milk protein and solids that settle down into the bottom. These are later strained away (or can be added to wheat dough to make crispier Indian breads). The fat left behind is solid at room temperature, and because of no milk solids left behind, can be stored for a long time without refrigeration.
Also known as clarified butter, butter oil or drawn butter, one can make ghee at home with ease.
Just like butter from pastured cows, ghee is a house-full of nutrients that protects the body from multiple diseases and strengthens from within. From ulcers to constipation to treating burns, ghee is the ideal choice for almost every problem.
- It can be consumed by people who are lactose intolerant, as the process of creating ghee removes any milk solids, and leaves behind pure butter oil.
- Ghee is casein free, the protein in milk that caused allergies. The casein floats to the top during its preparation, and is strained before consumption.
- A primarily saturated fat, ghee is highly stable for sautéing, baking and for deep frying as well because of its high smoke point.
- Ghee has ample of vitamin A that is ready to be absorbed by the body. Vitamin A plays an essential role in hormone balance, liver health, fertility, increasing stamina, etc.
- It is the best dietary source of conjugated linolenic acid that prevents tumor growth.
- Loaded with good cholesterol, ghee helps during periods of stress and internal inflammation.
- While calcium is important, things that help use that calcium in the body are equally important. Ghee is loaded with vitamin K, known to be helpful in transporting calcium to the bones.
- It is a good source of butyric acid, known for healing & soothing effects on the intestinal tract.
- Ghee is great for skin as it helps promote a beautiful glow from within. It helps to keep mucous membrane and skin cells healthy and prevents cell damage.
- Applying ghee on skin and hair provides them moisture. It also acts as an anti-aging agent and combats skin damage.
With no milk solids, ghee has a higher smoke point, which means you can use it for sautéing, stir-frying, or deep frying. Its nutty flavor enhances the taste of spreads for your breads, brings out the flavor in soups, lentils, curries and sea food when used raw. For cooking, ghee can be used for marinades and baking. The list is truly endless. All you need is creativity with that Jar full of Ghee!