Desi ghee makes for an indispensable part of most Indian households. It has been used for ages not only to make our food tastier but also it has been used for home remedies by our grandma. In the Ayurveda wisdom, ghee is considered to be a rejuvenating ingredient that is used to cure most ailments. Ghee, an unprocessed fat is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acid along with vitamin-A, which helps to keep your body healthy. Its anti-inflammatory properties keep you free from various ailments.
Generally, we have the impression that Ghee is a product of Winter; but, then you might be wrong. Here’s what our experts have to say.
According to Ayurvedic expert Dr. Dhanvantri Tyagi, “Ghee is loaded with healthy fats, and a human body needs some amount of fats to keep it going. This is why we recommend having ghee during hot days. Also, since our body gets dry in summer, consumption of ghee will help balance the internal moisture.”
According to Debjani Banerjee, HOD, Dietetics at PSRI Hospital, “Ghee is highly nutritious and consists of various nutritional benefits. It is rich in butyric acid that helps to improve our immune system. It also helps keep our body cool. I recommend taking half a spoon of ghee daily on an empty stomach in summers. This can improve digestive functions by stimulating secretion of gastric acids.”
As per the book, A Historical Dictionary of Indian Food by K.T. Acharya, in Ayurvedic terms, ghee is a ‘sweet food’ – it is strengthening, aids digestion and tempers the over-activity of all the three bodily doshas.
The best form of ghee that can be consumed during summers is prepared from cow’s milk, as it is sweeter in taste, cold in nature, light on the stomach and makes for an excellent pacifier of aggravated Vata dosha and Pitta dosha. Pitta dosha is hot in potency by nature, and during summer this heat is aggravated causing heat-related ailments in the body. For effective results, ghee should be added separately after cooking as foods cooked in ghee may have completely different effects. So, go on and add desi ghee to your food, and enjoy it in summers as much as you love it during winters.
During the hot summer season, you may have noticed that your digestion is not as strong. That being the case you may want to consider cow ghee to help improve digestion and to also help cool the body. Ghee is a pitta pacifying substance that is useful in summer and especially cooling, as it contains a number of bitter herbs, including neem. Ayurvedic literature says that taking 1/2 teaspoon of cow ghee on an empty stomach on summer mornings will improve digestive functions and control pitta dosha.
In the Ayurveda wisdom, cow ghee is considered to be a rejuvenating ingredient that is used to cure most ailments. Ghee is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acid along with vitamin-A, which helps to keep your body healthy. Its anti-inflammatory properties keep you free from various diseases. While ghee is revered as one of the healthiest ingredients in the Indian kitchens and mostly enjoyed during winters, its edibility during summers is generally questioned. If you think ghee can only be enjoyed during winters, then you might be wrong.
Desi Cow Ghee (Shudh Ghee) is highly nutritious & consists of various nutritional benefits. It is rich in butyric acid that helps to improve our immune system. It also helps keep our bodies cool. Experts recommend taking half a spoon of desi cow ghee daily on an empty stomach in summers. This can improve digestive functions by stimulating the secretion of gastric acids. “Cow ghee is a ‘sweet food’ – it is strengthening. It helps in digestion and tempers the over-activity of all the three bodily doshas. Cow ghee is loaded with healthy fats, and a human body needs some amount of fats to keep it going. This is why we recommend having ghee during hot days. Also, since our body gets dry in summer, the consumption of cow ghee will help balance the internal moisture.
Ghee is a rich source of butyric acid that helps to boost the immune system. It also maintains the coolness in the body. By taking half a spoon of ghee daily on an empty stomach in summer. As it helps in improving the digestive functions by stimulating the secretion of gastric acid. During summer this heat is aggravated in the body and pitta dosha is hot potency by nature. For effective results add ghee to daily food.
Here are some ways for adding homemade ghee in the diet in any season;
- Add a teaspoon of ghee casseroles after cooking or directly add to soups to wonderful taste.
- Heat the ghee and add half a teaspoon of cumin seeds to it and pour into fresh hot rice and salt it to boost your food nutritionally. This food will pair up beautifully with any gravy or sauce.
- Spread a bit of ghee on tortillas in place of butter.
Ghee making tools along with procedure:
- Use thick bottomed pan
Usually, making ghee at home is done in a thick-bottomed pan. like a cast iron skillet as it prevents burning. While making it, keep a close watch on it, especially at the end to switch off at the correct stage. We are making ghee at home. It emits a wonderful smell throughout the whole home. Old people always suggest fresh ghee for making sweet as it tastes very nice.
- Confirm the aroma by listening to the sizzle
When you get started ghee from butter at room temperature and hit it in a thick bottomed pan over medium to high flame. At the right time, it will start bubbling and sizzling. Once the sizzling sound over the butter turned into golden yellow with a nice smell. Don’t make the mistake of switching off the gas before the wonderful aroma and the sizzling sound until stopped. For many homes to get extra flavor a sprig of curry leaves is added at the end. But this ghee will not be useful for making sweets, I prefer it without adding curry leaves.
- Storage Vessel
The end procedure is how to store it. Once it has cooled down you can store it in ceramic pots. To maintain its nutrition and smell while serving also you can use a silver vessel that comes along with a spoon.
Cow ghee is a power food that is now a must-have in your kitchen and here’s why:-
Provides Essential Healthy Fats: Fats play a very important role in providing energy to our body and they are as important as protein and carbs for our proper functioning. Some of the most important roles played by fat in our body are protecting our stomach wall against digestive acids, strengthening our nerves and skin, supporting our brains and nerves, and building cell membranes and strengthening them. Among all the healthy fats ghee is best known to perform these functions with great ease as it consists of no hydrogenated oils, oxidized cholesterol, or trans-fats found in butter and other oils.
Provides Essential Vitamins: Ghee is loaded with vitamins A, D, E, and K, all of which are fat-soluble vitamins. These vitamins play an important role in the proper functioning of our bones, brain, as well as the heart. Ghee is also rich in healthy fat which helps us absorb these vitamins better.
Strengthens the Immune System: Ghee is super rich in antioxidants. These antioxidants help your body absorb minerals and vitamins from other foods which in turn helps keep your immune system strong. Ghee also has detoxification properties that help the health of your gut making it an important ally of your immune system. Its powerful anti-inflammatory properties also make it an extremely powerful substance that helps fight diseases.
Helps in Digestion: Unlike its fat sidekicks, ghee does not slow down digestion instead it helps improve digestion. Thanks to its healthy content of butyric acid (a short-chain fatty acid), ghee helps reduce inflammation and supports the stimulation of stomach acid secretion that helps with proper digestion of food.
Tips for using Ghee
- Always consider cow ghee before making any recipe and how it can enhance its taste.
- Always use a clean spoon whenever you take this out from the jar to make sure that it stays good for a long time.
- Store your desi ghee in a tightly closed container and a dark place.
- Melt it first & then adds spices and other ingredients. It will enhance the aroma & taste of the spices.
- Ghee is always healthier to sauté your spices, first seeds and then your ground spices. Aromatic and healthy properties of the seeds and spices are released at this point.
Well-Prepared ghee has very little moisture content and it is very shelf-stable. You do not need to refrigerate it for 3-4 months if you keep it in an airtight container. When kept in a refrigerator, pure ghee can last up to a year. In India, aged ghee is considered to have healing properties & some families have ghee that is over 100-years old. The aged ghee is used externally for therapeutic purposes, and only under the care of an experienced physician.