What are the benefits of Ghee?
If you are into Ayurvedic medicine then you have heard about the benefits of Ghee. In Ayurveda Ghee is used for cooking as well for preventing and curing various conditions. For those of you who are still wondering what is ghee, here is a simple explanation and the recipe for making it at home.
Ghee is clarified butter that is free of impurities and water. Ghee lacks hydrogenated oils and therefore is recommended for low fat diets. It’s also recommended for people who suffer from intolerance to lactose because all the milk proteins are removed during the clarification process.
In the Ayurvedic medicine Ghee is used for stimulating the digestion and curing constipation and ulcers. It is also used for improving the health of the skin and of the eyes and for curing burns and blisters.
Ghee is considered to improve one’s memory so if you are a student Ghee can help your learning abilities. Ghee is also rich with antioxidants and since it helps the absorption of vitamins and minerals, it’s recommended for the strengthening the body‘s immune system.
The recipe for making Ghee is very simple. Take one pound of organic (unpasteurized) and unsalted butter and melt it in a preheated sauce pan. Using medium heat, soon you will see that your butter begins to boil. A white froth will appear on top and, on the bottom, you will see some sediments forming. Just continue with the boiling and do don’t stir the butter.
When all the water has evaporated the bubbling noise will disappear and this is the sign that you’re done: the sediment on the bottom should turn golden brown while the butter should acquire an amber coloration. Now it’s time to turn off the flame. The whole process usually takes some 20 minutes and you have to be careful not to burn it. Leave the cooked ghee to cool off for 30 minutes. After that pour the ghee jars, that you have previously sterilized, using a gauze or a cheese cloth. The ghee will solidify and become light yellow. The shelf time of Ghee is around 1 year (outside the fridge) and even longer if you keep it in the fridge.
You can use Ghee to cook your meals. It will give a nice delicate taste to your food. Although Ghee is light to the stomach I recommend you use it in smaller quantities because it has a concentrated flavor. One tablespoon of Ghee can substitute four tablespoons of normal butter or cooking oil.
Even though it has many benefits, Ghee is not recommended for those who suffer from high cholesterol because it contains high saturated fat that in combination with cholesterol can lead to heart diseases.