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February 16, 2013
Ghee (clarified butter) is one of those staples that almost every Indian home has. There are certain dals and curries where the flavor is greatly enhanced by using ghee rather than oil. The best part is that ghee, unlike butter has a lot great medicinal qualities— of course, like all things, moderation is key.
It’s funny to watch cooking shows these days and listen to people talk about ghee like it was just discovered. Ghee has been around as long as there have been cows and Indians (Indians from India).
Since the western discovery of ghee, it’s become quite a pricey commodity in local health foods stores. My recommendation for those of you that use or would like to try out cooking with clarified butter…try making your own. It’s actually a pretty simple process and leaves a delicious aroma in the house. If made in small batches, it’s both easy and fast; and definitely worth the savings.
Ayurvedically speaking, ghee has many medicinal properties and benefits; so many benefits that during Pancha-Karma (Indian Detoxification Program), ghee plays a large role in lubing up your insides and rejuvenating them. Below is more info on ghee and a recipe on how to make it that I found on the Ayurvedic Institute’s On-line Resource page (a page that is definitely worth checking out).
Happy ghee making and indulging!
p.s. Dr. Lad from the Ayurvedic Institute will be gracing us with his presence for another awesome workshop at Dhyanyoga Centers. Last year’s workshop was AWESOME! For more information, click here.
Ayurvedic Institute | On-line Resources
Ghee can be used in place of butter and is an ideal cooking oil, as it does not burn unless heated excessively. It makes a wonderful body oil for massage and can serve as a base for herbal ointments (for burns, skin rashes, etc.) and can even be used for lamps, with wicks made from cotton balls.
Ghee is a digestive. It helps to improve absorption and assimilation. It nourishes ojas, tejas and prana. It is good for improving memory and lubricates the connective tissue. Ghee makes the body flexible and, in small doses, is tridoshic. Ghee is a yogavahi—a catalytic agent that carries the medicinal properties of herbs into the seven dhatus or tissues of the body. Ghee pacifies pitta and vata and is acceptable, in moderation, for kapha. Persons who already have high cholesterol or suffer from obesity should be cautious in using ghee. Ghee is not to be used when there are high ama (toxic) conditions.
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