1 pound unsalted butter
Put the butter in a heavy, medium-sized
pan. Turn the heat on to medium until the butter melts.
Turn down the heat until the butter just
boils and continue to cook at this heat. Do not cover
the pot. The butter will foam and sputter while it cooks.
Whitish curds will begin to form on the bottom of the
pot. The butter will begin to smell like popcorn after
a while and turn a lovely golden color. Keep a close
watch on the ghee, as it can easily burn. After a while
it will become a clear, golden color. You will have
to take a clean, dry spoon to move away some of the
foam on top in order to see if the ghee is clear all
the way through to the bottom. When it is clear and
has stopped sputtering and making noise, then it needs
to be taken off the heat. Let it cool until just warm.
Pour it through a fine sieve or layers of cheesecloth
into a clean, dry glass container with a tight lid.
Discard the curds at the bottom of the saucepan. The
ghee is burned if it has a nutty smell and is slightly
1 pound of butter takes about 15 minutes
of cooking time. The more butter you are using, the
more time it will take.
Ghee can be kept on the kitchen shelf,
covered. It does not need refrigeration. The medicinal
properties are said to improve with age. Dont
ladle out the ghee with a wet spoon or allow any water
to get into the container, as this will create conditions
for bacteria to grow and spoil the ghee.
Two pounds of butter will fill a quart
jar with ghee.
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
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 yogavahia 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.