Are you on board the ghee train yet? It's basically fatty, fatty butter, but people are calling it a superfood. Which sounds odd.
Well, it's not quite like butter. It's butter that's been 'clarified' which means that it's been heated until the milk parts separate and just the fats remain. Nice huh?
Is ghee healthy?
Well, it's been dubbed the new ‘superfood’, and is seen as the healthier option to butter. It's that 'fats and good for you' thing again that lies behind avocados, nuts and fish. Also, it's high in Vitamin A, E and D. Nevertheless it's a main ingredient in some quite frankly delicious looking foods. Ghee is said to be good for strong bones, improves digestion and inflammation Kourtney Kardashian previously admitted to drinking a spoonful of heated ghee each morning to keep her figure trim, and as the only ‘Dashian to admit to surgery, I kind of believe her.
Is ghee dairy free?
Yes. Sort of. It does come from a cow but considering it's only made from the fattiest parts so it's normally OK as the milk solids have gone in the clarification process. This being said, if you know you're super duper allergic (not intolerent - in this case you're probably alright) to dairy products, probs give it a miss.
Is ghee vegan?
Nah mate. It still comes from a cow even if all the cow-y bits are gone. Soz.
Here are 7 yummy recipes you might enjoy making with ghee.
1. Homemade Ghee
Time: 45 Mins
Though making your own ghee may seem longwinded and unnecessary, the benefits long outweigh the cons. With a cooking time of under an hour, ghee is the perfect butter substitute, especially if like myself you’re also lactose intolerant… sigh. Still unsure as to why I hadn’t known about it until now and have since suffered in a butter induced silence but, food. The recipe is fairly simple so why not make heaps at home?
2. Coconut Flour Biscuits
Time: 20 Mins
Mmm gluten-free goodness! These look so yum and it probably doesn’t help that it’s snack time. Why not try and make some gluten-free and grain-free (double whammy) biscuits at home, the recipe is quick and simple and let’s be real, they look delish. Hashtag omg so instagrammable.
3.Paleo Lemon Ghee Chicken
Time: 40 Mins
Mmmm chicken covered in ghee, coconut cream, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice and fresh rosemary salivates. Inspired by another blogger, Jessica of ‘Jay’s Baking Me Crazy’ made this awesome substitute recipe for those of us with sensitive tums and it looks so so great. I am seriously so hungry rn, can we eat?
4. Bombay Potatoes
Time: 20 mins
A ‘British-Indian’ delicacy, and a healthy mid-week treat for you and the family, Bombay potatoes make me so hungry I could cry. They are apparently made better with baby potatoes (which also makes the cooking time even quicker!), to make them more succulent. Why not team them with steamed rice and a meat based curry and have yourself a mouth party. I’m salivating IRL. Here’s the recipe.
5. Garlic Scallops Recipe
Time: 10 Mins
Who doesn’t love a good scallop? I could probably eat them for a living if I’m honest. Well, this recipe for garlic scallops promises a healthy meal and apparently are ‘the perfect scallops of your life’. Made in ten minutes?! Don't say another word, my body is ready.
6. Potato Curry
Time: Up to 25 Mins
Short and sweet, that’s how we like to cook. If you’re into curry but are cutting back on the meat, then this curry potato recipe is perfect for you. With a simple recipe and cooking method that gets you fed in under an hour, these taters are sure to hit you right in the palette. Did I mention they’re also made with ghee?
7. Banana with Ghee & Cinnamon
Time: 5 Mins
Why not fulfil your afternoon snack craving with this simple yet delicious recipe, with a prep time of five minutes you’ll be stuffing your face in no time, guaranteed.
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This article originally appeared on The Debrief.