Ghee is greatly revered in the eyes of Ayurveda and has been used for thousands of years. It is seen as highly medicinal in its actions and can be taken with food to increase digestion, by itself to oiliate the internal body and loosen toxins, or with herbs to strengthen their medicinal properties. Here is a quick and easy recipe to make ghee in your own home with 5 easy steps.
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*Ghee is considered tridoshic, however, it will increase Kapha in excess
- Medium size pot (make sure it is completely clean and dry)
- Cheese cloth or a fine mesh strainer
- 1 lb unsalted, organic butter
- Unravel the butter and place it in the pan over medium heat to begin.
- Stir the butter occasionally until all the sticks have melted completely. Once melted, reduce the heat to low.
- Let the melted butter sit on low for about 20 to 30 minutes altogether. During this time you will notice a frothy white foam that will begin to form at the top. This is the milk solids separating from the oil, and can be removed with a clean, dry spoon periodically.
- Since each batch may vary on time, it is very important to begin to watch the ghee closely after 20 minutes. You will begin to notice the cloudiness disappear until you are able to see through it like oil. The white foam will begin to settle at the bottom of the pan. Once the ghee is completely transparent and the curds at the bottom begin to brown ever so slightly, remove the ghee from the heat. If left on even slightly too long, the sensitive ghee may burn and be unusable.
- Strain the ghee into a clean, dry pint jar by using a cheese cloth or fine mesh strainer to remove the milk solids. You will be left with a beautiful, golden, transparent oil that will solidify as it cools. If the temperature is hot, your ghee may stay liquid or semi-liquid. This is completely normal and will not effect the taste nor health benefits of the ghee.
- There is no need to refrigerate ghee, as it is one of the only substances that has an infinite shelf life and actually improves with age. However, make sure to use clean, dry utensils with each use, as ghee is susceptible to mold when it is mixed with even small amounts of food or water.
- Add to any dish to replace butter or oil
- Add to oatmeal and porridges
- Add to soups, stews and sautés
- Spread on toast or bagels
- Use to “butter” your popcorn
- Take larger amounts during cleansing therapies
- Medicated ghee can be used for various disorders depending on the formula
For rejuvenation and energy enhancement
- 1 teaspoon ghee
- 1 tablespoon honey
Mix the ingredients together and take up to 3 times throughout the day, as needed. Follow with a small cup of warm water to help wash it down.
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same quantity of ghee and honey is not advisable
Hi Swagat. Thank you for your comment! This is definitely true, although it is the same amount by weight not volume. Taking in honey and ghee simultaneously with the same weight, is considered toxic to the body (as is honey heated over 108 degrees). Honey naturally weighs more than ghee, so keep this in mind when measuring out. Thanks again for this important information! Namaste, Danielle
Hi! I signed up for the 7-day detox but saw that the inenrdigets for the recipes use animal products and I’m a vegan. Would it work for me then, if I don’t use the honey and the ghee? That’s as far down as I got on the shopping list. There might be more animal products, but then I got disappointed. I’d appreciate it if someone could reply!
Hi Ekaterina! I completely respect your dietary choices, and with Ayurveda, there is always room for modifications. The ghee can be replaced with either coconut oil, sunflower oil or sesame oil when making the kitchari. In regards to internal oiliation, as in taking a larger amount of Tikta Ghrita (bitter ghee) each morning, this can be replaced with coconut oil (for Vata and Pitta) or flax seed oil (for Kapha). As for the honey, I never recommend any sugar during a detox, so there is no need to replace the honey at all. Hope this helps to lift some of your disappointment! Namaste, Danielle