When I became a yoga teacher, I swore I would never become a kale-loving hippie. I am now a kale-loving hippie. And I 100% attribute that to ghee.
Ghee is magic (well it’s actually clarified butter but it makes food taste so good it might as well be magic!).
I first came across it when studying Ayurvedic nutrition so tested it out with a simple kale stir-fry. And oh-my-gosh it transformed the entire dish!
Butter is made up of three parts: butterfat, milk solids, and water. Remove milk solids and water and you’re left with ghee. It’s pretty easy to make and has a much higher smoke point than butter meaning it’s easier to cook with.
It’s golden and almost caramel-ly with a slight nuttiness to it and is a really simple way to add flavour to stir-fries, melt over vegetables or to spread on bread to make sandwiches a little more exciting.
Now, I’m not an advocate high-fat, low carb diets because they are unnecessarily extreme for most people, but cooking with 1-2tsp ghee a day can do wonders for your health and your digestion (from personal experience, my gut is so much happier since I’ve been cooking with ghee).
It’s high in the short-chain fatty acid butyrate which is an anti-inflammatory, supports healthy insulin levels and aids digestion (helpful if you suffer from IBS). It’s also a great way to ensure you’re getting enough fat in your diet to help with the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins that are essential for a healthy metabolism. And, because the milk proteins have been removed, ghee is a great option if you are sensitive to casein and lactose and want to experiment with cooking with something other than coconut oil (I tend to use ghee for savoury food and coconut oil for sweet dishes like pancakes).
You can also use different spices to flavour your ghee. Simply add before the ghee sets. I love turmeric, chilli and curry leaves for a savoury combination and am testing out a cinnamon and vanilla variation for sweet dishes which I can’t wait to share with you!
I love cooking with ghee so I hope you do too! It is:
Full of flavour
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