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Est. 1996

Issue 224

August 2015

Feature - Ghee Revisited

by Peter Grove with Chef Manjit Gill





There was a time when the use of vast quantities of ghee was very obvious in British Indian cuisine and then fashion changed and the use of ghee became a culinary no no. Today, however, the mood seems to be changing again so we are revisiting the subject with the invaluable help of master Indian chef Manjit Gill.

According to Ayurveda - India's nutritional sciences, Ghee used in moderation is the best cooking medium. One needs less ghee (half or two-thirds) as compared to oil one achieve the better taste, flovour, texture and each digestions. The texts say that ghee helps balance excess stomach acid, and helps maintain/repair the mucus lining of the stomach. It stimulates the digestion (Agni) better than any other oil. Ghee promote all three aspects of mental functioning -- learning, memory and recall.

Benefits of Ghee

Ghee - Great For Cooking and Taste:

1. Ghee has a high smoke point (250 °C / 482 °F).

You can cook and fry with ghee and it will not break down into free

radicals like many other oils.

2. Ghee does not spoil easily so does not need refrigeration.

Some ghee mixtures last up to 100 years.

3. Buttery delicious taste without causing dairy allergies.

Ghee is made from cultured butter, the milk solids chemistry changes by adding culture and forming into curd and butter churned out. Left to ferment and then clarified, impurities have been removed so most people who are lactose or casein intolerant have no issue with Ghee.

4. Ghee has a nutty buttery taste without disturbing dairy


5. High Nutrition - Ghee is rich in the oil soluble vitamins A and E.

6. Ghee is rich in K2 and CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) - an antioxidant with anti-viral properties if it is sourced from grass fed cows.

7. Energy and Weight Management - Ghee is converted directly into energy like carbohydrates.

8. Ghee is Nutritionally - Ghee is rich in medium chain fatty acids which are absorbed directly to the liver (like carbs) and burnt as energy. Ghee can be used as a consistent energy source.

9. Weight Loss - The energy from Ghee has medium chain fatty acids can be used to burn other fats in the system and lose weight.

10. Digestion and Immune Strengthening - Ghee (unlike other oils) is rich in butyric acid, a short chain fatty acid. Beneficial intestinal bacteria convert fiber into butyric acid and then use that for energy and intestinal wall support. A healthy body therefore makes it own form of 'ghee' but you can aid that greatly by just consuming it.

More benefits of Ghee:

11. Ghee eating is like eating probiotics and it is a combination of prebiotics and digestive fiber.

12. Healthy Digestive Tract - Ghee makes the healthy digestive tracts by having the butyric acid which unhealthy digestive tracts do not produce butyric acid.

13. Healthy Immune System - Eating Ghee continue providing adequate production of butyric acid supports the production of killer T cells in the gut, and thus a strong immune system.

14. Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Cancer - Researchers are using oral butyrate supplements and butyrate enemas to treat inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn's and ulcerative colitis.

Ayurvedic physicians have been using ghee enemas for centuries to decrease inflammation.

15. Strong Appetite - Ghee stimulates the secretion of gastric acid, thus aiding in the digestive process. Better digestion equals better health and weight loss.

16. Mind and Spirit - Ghee can help cleanse negative emotions from the body and feed the positive.

17. Molecules of Emotion - Negative emotions have a chemical nature. This is what ancient cultures have always maintained, that the mind and body are one. These chemicals are attracted to and stored in fat.

18. Ghee can be used to replace those fats. Plus, if used properly in a cleanse, an attract and pull out these emotional toxins so they can be cleansed from the body.

19. Positive Food - Within Ayurveda, ghee is considered one of the most Satvic foods. Satvic foods promote positivity, growth and expansion of consciousness.

20. Herbal Energiser - Fry Spices in Ghee. Many of the medicinal

properties of herbs and spices can be absorbed and transported to targeted areas of the body with ghee.

This is why Ayurveda uses ghee in thousands of different herbal

preparation. You can do the same thing by frying / sauteing your spices in Ghee before adding to your dishes.

Enjoy your cooking with Ghee for well being.................

(Chef Manjit Gill)


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