Friday, May 30, 2008

Ghee

This post is long awaited. I have been out of the blogging circle for a couple of months, too many things were happening. Many of you dropped by to ask if I was okay. That was really nice, thoughtful and touching. Meera of Enjoy Indian Food dropped by more than once to ask if I was doing okay. Meera, I really am touched with this gesture. Thanks :).
I have recently discovered how to make ghee at home. Back home ghee is made at home from the scratch. The milk available in India is whole cream milk. In every household early morning milk is boiled. After it cools down , topmost creamy layer is collected and refrigerated. When there is enough of cream, a culture is put to get very thick and creamy yogurt. Butter is churned from this yogurt. And this butter is clarified to get ghee. This is stored in an air tight bottle.
The milk available is not whole cream, so the only way to make ghee is buying unsalted butter. Heat this in a thick bottomed vessel.


Let it simmer for 5-8 mins on medium High flame.


Once the butter slightly clears out, drop a clove. Back home , mom uses seeds/ flowers of holy basil or a turmeric leaf instead of clove. But clove is good enough too. Some people even add a pinch of salt, I haven't used any. When the particles start settling down, put off the gas let the liquid cool off.

Pour this in a glass bottle and store it.

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12 comments:

Asha said...

Great to see you back girl. I make ghee at home too, looks yummy!:)

Anonymous said...

My husband loves ghee.I am going to try your recipe. Thanks.

Ramya

Srivalli said...

Nice to have you back!...making ghee at home is such therapeutic feeling right!

Cham said...

welcome back, i make ghee at home too :) Came out clear and neat

notyet100 said...

thnks for sharing,..

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

WOW...This was a very useful post. Looks great. Have to try this...

Simran said...

What a neat way to make ghee. And I love the idea of adding the clove.

Meera said...

I really missed you, friend! Glad to have u back. I am on my break and have scheduled some posts (till jun 2) to meet the deadlines of all the blog events. So sorry for replying late. Keep blogging. I love to read your posts. Your ghee looks delicious. will be on break for a week or so and then will start blogging again.

Meera said...

Forgot to add, adding clove or basil flowers is totally new to me.My mom too sometimes uses turmeric leaves - when they are in season in Mumbai - i think around Ganesh Chaturthi time. U know what? I have a turmeric plant at home with nice leaves. maybe next time, I will use that leaf. I had totally forgotten about adding to ghee. also will try cloves some time. Don't have tulsi plant at home, else would have used that too. Thanks for sharing great ideas,

Reemas said...

I add couple of cardomoms too.

Reemas,
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bee said...

great to see you back, dear pooja.

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