How to use ghee – 7 exciting ways?

7 exciting ways to use grass-fed cow ghee:

Ghee has been around for centuries, literally. It was discovered as early as 1500 BCE in India, during the “Vedic Period”, when ancient Ayurvedic practices gained popularity.

 

Ghee has been making a return to our modern pantries recently due its many health benefits such as containing butyrates, CLAs, vitamins and being low in lactose for intolerant people. Even celebrities such as Kourtney Kardashian have expressed their love for ghee, and claim to drink ghee every morning before breakfast.

 

Ghee is made by heating butter until the fats and milk solids separate, it involves removing the milk solids until just the butter fat remains. This remaining butter fat which is then called ghee, is intensely aromatic and flavoursome.

 

Many would associate ghee with being used in savoury high-heat cooking but to your surprise, there are so many other great ways to incorporate this superfood into your every day lives.

  1. Stir-fries

Now this is probably the most common way of consuming ghee that most of us would think of when we hear the word ghee. Stir-fries are an excellent way to get some healthy ghee fats into your diet.

 

Whether it is for lunch or dinner, you can simply just replace the usual oils and butters that you would normally fry with- just use the same amount of ghee in a direct 1:1 replacement ratio.

 

Vegetable stir-fry with a mixture of green and colourful veges are always a great meal accompaniment on the side. If plain boiled veges are too boring, just toss them in a wok on high heat with 1 tbsp of grass-fed ghee and watch your friends and family’s faces glow with excitement as they taste the delicious buttery flavour of ghee.

 

You can also use ghee to stirfry meats, just use it the same way as you would stir-fry vegetables.

2. Baking

Baking is also a common way that ghee is used, and this is not limited to just savoury baked goods. Ghee adds a delicious aromatic flavour when drizzled over veges and meats before roasting them in the oven.

 

Ghee can also surprisingly be included in sweet baking too. Sweet baking such as cakes, brownies, cookies, tarts and many other dishes can taste delicious with ghee, just replace the usual butter or oil you would normally use.

 

3. In your coffee for a morning energy boost

This is a slightly unusual method of consuming ghee, but it has become increasingly hyped over the past few years in the health and fitness communities, in particular the Keto diet followers.

 

It is said that the healthy fats from ghee, when consumed on an empty stomach in the morning can give you an excellent energy booster like no other. When mixed into a hot beverage, ghee can add a creamy nutty flavour to make your drink taste delicious.

 

4. Skin care

This is also an unexpected way of using ghee that most people wouldn’t think of, but using ghee in skin care routines has been around since the ancient Indian Vedic period. Ghee can be great as a moisturiser for dry skin, and is also said to have anti-aging properties. You can add a few drops of ghee into your moisturiser or just smear a little bit of ghee directly onto your skin.

 

5. Hair care

Just like ghee can be used for hydrating skin, it can also be used to give you soft, hydrated hair. Adding a tsp of ghee into your normal shampoo/conditioner can soften your hair immensely and give it a natural shine. Alternatively, just directly apply ghee and gently massage into your scalp and hair, leave on for 15 minutes and then wash out.

 

6. Nostrils

This is definitely the most unusual sounding method, but has also been around for decades. Pouring a few drops of lukewarm grass-fed cow ghee can stop a nose bleed, or help with a blocked nasal passage. Pure and natural cow ghee without artificial chemicals, colours or preservatives is ideal for this purpose. 

 

7. BBQ

Ghee is advantageous over butter due to having a much higher smoke point as it does not contain any milk protein. This makes using ghee for barbecuing ideal. Greasing the BBQ plate with ghee can add an intensely aromatic flavour to your grilled meats and veges. Perfect for summer BBQ dishes.


REF:

  1. https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-20534/get-to-know-ghee-why-how-to-use-this-wonder-food.html
  2. https://www.organicauthority.com/cooking-tips/what-is-ghee-all-about-this-healthy-fat-and-7-ways-to-use-it-4-may-surprise-you
  3. https://www.care2.com/greenliving/15-amazing-benefits-of-ghee.html

Drinking ghee on an empty stomach

Drinking ghee on an empty stomach

Drinking ghee on an empty stomach

Drinking ghee – clarified butter, first thing in the morning makes the nourishing juice called Rasa. According to the Ayurvedic Medicine, ghee lubricates every tissue and every cell in your body. Also, ghee builds the immune system, which is called Ojas in Ayurveda. If your body doesn’t respond well to ghee, drink oils such as sesame oil, coconut oil, linseed or hemp seed oil, or olive oil, when you wake up. You can drink between 5 to 10 ml on an empty stomach.

What is Rasa?

Rasa is the source of nutrition for every cell in the body. It contains five elements: space, air, fire, water, and earth. Good Rasa shows in a glowing and soft skin. It gives a healthy shine. When Rasa is balanced we experience clear perception, faith, and love; when Rasa is out of balance, we feel sad and confused.

Why drink ghee first thing in the morning?

When you wake up, your body is ready to make Rasa – fresh, nourishing juice for the body. Rasa then passes on the nourishment to the tissues. When all these tissues receive the oils or ghee, every cell of the body is cared for; the joints are lubricated, the hair becomes soft and silkier, the skin is smoother.

Drinking ghee

Drinking ghee (clarified butter) on an empty stomach

My story

I had very dry skin, and during the cold season, the dryness worsened. I tried all the products on the market for external applications, but these products helped me only temporarily. I did not realize it could be something internal. When I discovered Ayurveda, I started drinking 1 or 2 tablespoons of organic cow ghee. And the results came in soon enough: I feel different as my skin is no longer dry and my joints don’t make cracking or popping sounds.

The body has its own process and lubrication may happen between 1 and 6 six months into the treatment. Try drinking ghee for a month and share how did that change the way you feel.

Gagori Mitra