Grandmother’s Recipe for Ghee
Growing up, in a food-loving family, I always observed the generous use of ghee in all the dishes which were cooked in our household. My grandmother safeguarded the tin of ghee under lock and key. It was used only in her presence. Ghee was also prepared at home with the fats and cream of the milk. It is the clarified butter that is prepared from thick cream by constantly stirring, it solidifies and separates from the milk. Then it is further cooked on the fire. The oily thick liquid that is extracted is nothing but the pure ghee. Ghee is prepared in practically all traditional Indian households. Ghee was religiously prepared by hand once a week in my household. I still vividly remember scrapping the brown residue of milk solids that remained at the bottom of the pan after extracting the ghee.
Why Grandmothers used Ghee?
My Grandmother found more reasons to use ghee than just for cooking purposes. Ghee is known to have natural properties that balance the heat element (pitta) of the body. It was applied to lips, dried heels and elbows during winters. My Grandma recommended it for any skin ailment and also for hair application. It was even was used as a natural remedy for sinuses and sore throats.
Here are 13 amazing benefits of Ghee :
1. Ghee has Healthy Fats
Research proves that ghee is low in fat. It contains healthy fats that make it good cholesterol for the body. Ghee is not known to cause any heart diseases like other forms of fat.
2. Helps Digestive System
Ghee consumption is also related to a good gut health. In the olden days, our forefathers used to have a spoonful of ghee before every meal. It lined the gut and reduced chances of ulcers and cancer.
3. Strengthens Immune System
Ghee also contains the ingredient Butyric Acid, which balances and strengthens the gut flora indirectly helping the body in producing T cells that fight diseases.
4. Source of Essential Vitamins
In addition to the above benefits, ghee is also a rich dependable source of critical oil-soluble vitamins A and E that are needed for a healthy liver, balanced hormones, and fertility.
5. Anti-cancer Properties
Ghee has Butyric Acid, which is an anti-cancer ingredient. The antioxidants present in it make it anti-inflammatory.
6. Weight Loss
Ghee gets the body’s metabolism in action making it an ideal medium for weight loss. The medium-chain fatty acids in ghee actually burn other fats in the system.
7. Treats Burns
Ghee is skin-friendly and can be applied to treat burns. A thin layer soothes the burnt area which makes the healing process quicker.
8. Strengthens Bones
Ghee is a rich source of Vitamin K which helps in calcium absorption, thus making our bones stronger. It helps to prevent tooth decay and atherosclerosis.
9. Cures Thyroid Dysfunction
Since the usage of ghee results in balancing the hormones, its regular usage helps in restoring thyroid dysfunction.
10. High Smoke Point
Using ghee as cooking oil is a good healthy choice as ghee doesn’t break into free radicals even at a high temperature.
11. Enhances Taste
Its aroma is enticing and ghee emits a buttery flavor to the food too. Say, when ghee is added to a bowl of dal or applied to rotis they become tastier.
12. Good for Kids
Ghee can be substituted for cooking oil while preparing dishes for kids. Due to the quality of ghee being packed with vitamin A, E, D, it’s really good to include in their diet. Truly Amazing Health Benefits of Ghee.
13. Treats Menstrual Problems
Ghee regulates and balances the hormones in the body. This makes it an ideal contender if you are looking to relieve yourself of menstrual issues like PMS and irregular periods.
Ghee is not only consumed in today’s modern times but also has its significance of being relished since mythological times.
Amazing Health Benefits of Ghee was my post for letter G in the #BlogChatterA2Z Challenge 2020. Here is my post for letter F – Fun activities to do in Quarantine