9799692b348 Nivedhanam: Ghee / Nei / Clarified Butter

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Ghee / Nei / Clarified Butter

A key ingredient in many recipes to help it be elevated to the next level in taste and flavor is GHEE!! Ghee or Clarified butter originated in India and is part of many delicious recipes like Indian Sweets, some gravies, some Indian Breads etc. Ghee also plays a part in pooja, homam and fire sacrifices. A great advantage of ghee is its shelf life.. Ghee can be stored in room temperature for many months. It needs to be stored in an airtight container to have that long shelf life. Also make sure to use a moisture free spoon and dirt free spoon every time. Ghee is used in many homes to light vilakku (deepam).







Take the butter from the fridge / freezer.
Heat the pan on the slowest heat possible and allow the butter to melt
Do not stir much. Actually stir as less as possible.
Once the butter is melted, increase the heat to medium low and allow it to simmer until it becomes frothy and foamy
Now move the foam with a spatula and remove from heat when the milk solids become golden brown
Allow it to cool a bit and filter to a glass jar and keep ready

Points to note

1. Use a clean spoon / moisture free spoon for scooping out the ghee

2. Ghee will solidify in cool temperature and will become liquid when heated

3. Ghee has a very long shelf life

4. It is a great option to filter the ghee to remove the milk solids

5. I use a silicon spatula to get the ghee fully out of the vessel cleanly


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  1. very useful post Sowmya. Homemade ones are always the best

  2. I smell the aroma of a pure home made ghee from the pics :) very useful post and so well explained !!

  3. Very useful post,Home made ghee is so flavorful and perfectly made..

  4. I love the aroma of freshly made ghee..lovely blow you used to store!

  5. interesting to use butter to make ghee

  6. Homemade ghee always tastes a lot better than the store bought one. Nice post for the theme.

  7. Essential ingredient in an Indian pantry. Homemade is so much better than the store bought.

  8. I have a similar container with a space for the spoon to go in. Ghee is such a must-have in our kitchens, right?

  9. I learned to make this many years ago, but I still usually buy the store bought ones. Homemade always makes everything taste so much better

  10. Homemade ghee is the best.My mom makes (or used to make) the butter at home as well and the ghee from homemade butter is the best!! But for us making ghee with store bought butter is good enough!! :)

  11. Nei is such an essential ingredient in South Indian kitchen. The store bought ones can just not come close to the homemade nei! Looks lovely...


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