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How I Use Ghee for Cooking and Coffee

Updated on June 16, 2020
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Liza is a homemaker. She has an obsession with coffee and loves photography, baking, cooking, and writing.

I use ghee mostly in the cooking but, did you know you can add ghee into coffee and tea as well? Nowadays, ghee is a substantial ingredient in my kitchen.
I use ghee mostly in the cooking but, did you know you can add ghee into coffee and tea as well? Nowadays, ghee is a substantial ingredient in my kitchen.

Sharing My Cooking Story

When I was a young girl, I remember seeing my father cooked for gatherings, weddings, and religious ceremonies in my hometown. People came to our house to discuss with my father about the food selection on their menu. So besides my mother, you know from whom I have learned some of my cooking techniques at home. By the way, one of the requisite food that a lot of people want my father to cook is called Nasi Minyak or scented rice. It is a very famous traditional dish among the Malay clan in Malaysia. One of the main ingredients for making scented rice is ghee.

What Is Ghee?

Ghee is a type of clarified butter used widely in the Indian cuisines, the Middle East and some parts of the Southeast Asian countries, particularly in Malaysia and Singapore. Traditionally, it’s made by gently heating cows' milk butter until its water content evaporates and its milk solids can be skimmed and strained away, leaving behind only the liquid fat. Nowadays, you can find almost significant grocery stores in America sell ghee on their cooking aisle. It is recognizable as a superfood alternative to other everyday butter, butter alternatives, and cooking oils that are made by simply cooking and filtering butter.

Ghee for Cooking and Coffee

My husband and I used ghee in the food that we cooked at home, such as Chicken Tikka Masala, Chicken Curry, and many others. You might think ghee is only useful in the savory dishes. However, did you know you can use ghee for sweet treats such as french toast, pancakes, and cookies? For example, if you using ghee in the cookies recipe, it brings the gooey-ness and complexifies of the butter flavor. You could also replace all the butter with ghee, which would make it dairy-free! All you have to do is to make sure you have the right amount of ghee to use to replace butter used in the recipe.

Following my move to the United States four years ago, I found that my husband has an interest in using ghee in coffee and tea. In the beginning, I was surprised because I never imagined that he use ghee in the beverages. It turns out ghee has a rich flavor and perfect component in a cup of coffee and tea. If you haven't tried using ghee in your beverage, I recommended to do it. It can be an alternative for people who has dairy allergies as ghee is lactose and casein free. However, if you are not a coffee drinker, try using it in the tea.

Ghee Health Benefits

Ghee contains a good amount of healthy fats, vitamins A, E, and D. Apart from that, it is full of omega-3 fatty acids, which are good fats and are essential for improving the brain, and heart health. It also provides a lot of energy to the body. I'm sure if you looking for a new way of healthy lifestyle you might want to consider ghee in your diet.

I'm sure if you searching on the internet you could find tons of recipes and useful of ghee in your daily life. I hope you will like it as much as we do!

Nasi Minyak or scented rice is a popular dish serves during gatherings, weddings, and religious ceremonies in Malaysia.
Nasi Minyak or scented rice is a popular dish serves during gatherings, weddings, and religious ceremonies in Malaysia. | Source
Ghee is mostly used in savory dish, like this delicious home-cooked chicken tikka masala.
Ghee is mostly used in savory dish, like this delicious home-cooked chicken tikka masala.
Ghee in coffee? Why not a give it a try? You will surprise with the taste.
Ghee in coffee? Why not a give it a try? You will surprise with the taste.
Ghee is so versatile, it can be used in the pancakes as well.
Ghee is so versatile, it can be used in the pancakes as well.
I definitely love using ghee in the french toast. It gives extra rich flavor in the bread.
I definitely love using ghee in the french toast. It gives extra rich flavor in the bread.

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    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      7 months ago from USA

      Hi Peggy, ghee has many health benefits. I have used ghee many times for cooking while I was in Malaysia. My husband, after he found out about how ghee can be used in coffee and food, he is totally on-board with it. Give it a try!

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 months ago from Houston, Texas

      I have heard of ghee but never would have thought to use it in coffee or tea. Thanks for telling us about it and the health benefits.

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      12 months ago from USA

      Thank you, Liz. I'm glad that I can share something new. Ghee is now known as one of the superfoods in America, and it's quite pricey here.

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      Liz Westwood 

      12 months ago from UK

      This is a fascinating and well-illustrated article. I had not heard of ghee before. I have learnt a lot from your interesting hub.

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