|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 17g||22%|
|Saturated Fat 11g||54%|
|Total Carbohydrate 0g||0%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
|Total Sugars 0g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||0%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Ghee, which is also known as clarified butter, is a great alternative to cooking oil. Homemade ghee is fragrant and is used in countless cuisines including Indian and Middle Eastern dishes, along with Holland, Australia, and Scandinavia. Regardless of how it's used, ghee adds an incomparable richness to any dish.
If ghee is unfamiliar, you may wonder why one would use it, and what kinds of advantages it has over butter or cooking oil. First, it doesn't burn as easily as butter. It can be purchased in the grocery store, but also made at home. Ghee is really versatile, too; it becomes solidified at lower temperatures but can easily be melted when required, and it spreads easily. Ghee also is beneficial if you need to avoid lactose because the process of making ghee removes the milk solids, making it suitable for someone who is lactose intolerant.
This recipe makes approximately three cups of ghee. Add it to curry and dal dishes, use it in baking (such as this banana bread), or try it on popcorn with fine sea salt and pepper.
2 1/4 pounds unsalted butter
Pinch kosher salt
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Heat a deep, heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat and add butter and bay leaves. Simmer, allowing butter to melt and cook.
When a froth appears on the surface of the butter, spoon it off and dispose of it.
Keep cooking till all froth has risen and been removed.
Allow mixture to cool, remove bay leaves, and strain or filter the ghee. It should be a pale golden color.
Add a pinch of salt and mix it well. This gives ghee a lovely grainy texture when solidified.
Store unrefrigerated for 4 to 6 months, or keep it refrigerated for even longer.
If you can afford a high-quality butter, you'll really taste it in the ghee.
You can infuse ghee with all kinds of ingredients, such as roasted garlic, truffle oil, some good-quality Himalayan pink sea salt, herbs such as rosemary or chives, or grated ginger or turmeric root.