Thursday, October 11, 2007

The Making of Ghee/ clarified Butter



After many experiments, I now regularly make Ghee/clarified butter at home. It make me feel happy and tastes good too. In India my mom collects cream from milk and makes butter and then ghee out of it. It used to be a wonderful process.
This is how I make it here in US.


Preparation

Drop 2 sticks of unsalted butter in a deep bottomed pan and heat it on medium low flame. once the sticks have melted lower the flame slightly and leave it for about 10 minutes. Never increase the flame to high. The butter will be of a pale yellow color and it will start changing its color to light golden. once the color starts changing, turn off the flame, else it will burn. The heat of the pan will complete the process of making Ghee. It is a very delicate process and once you understand when to turn off the flame, you will get a very nice consistency of ghee.


Ghee / Clarified butter is a very important ingredient in Indian cooking especially in sweets. Along with Ghee I contribute all the following recipes to RCI Tamil Festival hosted by a very talented cook and lovely fellow blogger Viji of Vcuisine.

Urad dal vada/ ulundu vadai

Ingredients

3 cups urad dal
1 tsp fenugreek seeds
1tsp crushed pepper
1 tsp crushed ginger (optional)
2-3 crushed green chillies (optional)
Salt
Oil for deep frying

Preparation

Soak urad dal and fenugreek seeds in warm water for one hour. Grind the dal by adding very little water as possible. The batter should be very thick. When the batter is dropped in water it should float as a ball without getting dissolved.
Mix Salt, pepper, ginger and green chillies to the batter.
In a heavy bottomed pan heat oil. Wet your hands with little water so that the batter does not stick to the hands and make a donut shape out of the batter. Drop it in hot oil and deep fry till golden brown. Crispy vadas are ready!

Janmashtami Seedai


Dry fruit laddus


Sakkarai pongal


Murukku



Rama Navami Panakam


Rava Kesari


Paruppu vadai/ masal vadai



Tamil Festive Food


There is a new member in our family! Wanted to share with you guys pictures and pleasure of our new "Toyota Highlander".



66 comments:

Tee said...

I have been making ghee at home this way regularly since I first came to the US...i just can't bear the thought of buying ready made ghee from the store.
Great entries for the event, Sharmi!
And congrats on your new car...its gorgeous! :)

Padma said...

I love to make ghee at home. Nice entries for RCI event and congratulations on the new addition!

Pooja V said...

I love homemade ghee. Kitchen is full of divine aroma for a few hours that day !! COngrats on the new car.

musical said...

I make my own ghee as well, and then use the same utensil to make my rice (it turns brown and has a divine taste)! You have such a yummy diplay for Tamil Festival food :). and congrats on the new car!

Madhu said...

During festival season home made ghee is a must have. Just a spoon ful addition to any diah will make it special.
Droolibg over all your wonderful delicious sweets. Thanks.

Kelly Mahoney said...

Making clarified butter is a great skill to have and it's not that hard either. Just requires patience, of which I sometimes run low :)

Richa said...

i too make ghee at home, has such a lovely aroma :) good idea combining the goodies for the event. congrats on ur new car, enjoy!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

I too make ghee in home...!!Pictures are very nice and your new member to the family is majestic...!!!!!!!1

Shivapriya said...

I make prepare ghee same way, somehow I don't like the smell of store bought. My sis loves the residue, we call is godavari or gokkudu.. she use to mix sugar and eat it:).
Congrats on ur new car. Nice entry for RCI.

Sig said...

Congrats on the new car Sharmi! I love the color, and the wood panel inside looks great!

Namratha said...

Congratulations on the car dear...my my that's a shiny new one!:) I make ghee the same way as you do. I miss home-made ghee from India, cream-butter-ghee..awesome procedure and lovely tasting ghee! Fabulous platter for the RCI..

Red Chillies said...

Wow Sharmi! What a spread. I am just drooling looking at the picture of all the dishes on the banana leaf. I cannot beleive how somebody can be so lucky to eat it :-)

Hearty congratulations of your new car. Looks awesome.

Siri said...

Love the homemade ghee sharmi
Love the recipes... n
Love ur car too.. the maroon color is gorgoeus..:D

Kribha said...

Homemade ghee looks yummy. I've never made it at home. It was only this time in my India trip I learnt how to do it. I'm so glad that you posted the step by step pics. The pics of all your festival foods looks awesome.I particularly loved your Janmashtami Seedais. And Congrats on your new car. Looks great.Enjoy!!!

Seena said...

I bring homemade ghee from Kerala. thanks for sharing this method, some times I would collect cream in freezer and make ghee as your mom does..thanks for sharing..

Vcuisine said...

Thank you so much for the entries Sharmi. It will be a referring guide for many. Took all the photos. Viji

priyah said...

great entry sharmi..one thing that you could do to make ur ghee fragrant : add 3-5 curry leaves in the ghee before switching off the flame (my mom taught me this)...congrats on the new car :)

zlamushka said...

Hi there ;-)

I love ghee. I ve never made it or bought it (usually I get it on naan in restaurants). Thank you very much for showing this simple method to me. I ll definitely try :-)

Anh said...

Sharmi my dear, what a great post! I normally use store-bought ghee... So lazy, right? :D

Apple said...

Home made Ghee.....hmmm...I love it....Lovely entries as always...your toyota looks gorgeous....

Apple
http://cuminhut.blogspot.com

srivalli said...

Wonderful dishes Sharmi...

Nabeela said...

My mom makes wonderful ghee back home in India....your post brought back memories :)

Sia said...

nothing tastes better than homemade ghee. and congrats on ur new baby:) he is one handsome bloke ;)

Asha said...

I make Ghee at home too, son loves a tsp in his meal. Never fried anything in ghee though, too scared!:)
Great array of food for RCI, loved it.
I have a Toyota Highlander too. Enjoy. I don't like seats though, too narrow. Nissan has the beat seats, wide and comfy. I love the color of your Highlander!:))

Sharmi said...

Tee, I somehow did not like the smell of store bought ghee. homemade had a very nice aroma when added to Dal.

Surili, I have had such rice in my childhood but now after coming to US it all cholesterol conscious etc:)

Sharmi said...

Madhu, Thanks so much for visiting.

Kelly, the first time it might burn a little but the next time you will come to know where to switch it off:)

Thanks Raks!

Shivapriya, ya they call it gokkudu and my hubby side they have it with sugar:)

Sharmi said...

Priyah, will surely try your tip next time I make it. thanks so much!

Sharmi said...

Asha, Toyota changed the design of Highlander that you must be aware of. Ours is 2008 Limited, and Toyota did address the Seating problem this time. Currently, we don't use the third row though.
I am aware of the Seating problem and it is with 2007 model. Is yours 2007 Model ??

Sandeepa said...

My Mom and MIL brings home made ghee when they visit. That lasts me long as I don't use ghee in my cooking much except for my daughter's.

There is this brown thing which remains after you have made ghee, that is divine.

Congrats on the new car. Are you driving these days ? I like the color

Laavanya said...

I use the same method too Sharmi.. never knew it was so simple until I tried it... Your dry fruit laddus look great.
Congrats on the new car... must be exciting!

Happy cook said...

After your post i am going to try and make my own ghee.
Till now it was always shop bought.

Mishmash ! said...
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Mishmash ! said...

I remember my friend making ghee from unsalted butter like this for her kid.....I havent tried it at home as I hardly use ghee in my cooking except for some special day cooking....and that vada...I am always green when i see others getting it done with a hole in the middle...even if I use less water, i never get that right :))

Congrats on the new baby :)
Shn

Manjula said...

Sharmi,
Thats a very nice post on how to make Ghee. Thank You so much.
I am sure there are many people looking around for How-to on such topics. I made Ghee successfully for the first time in my life, for this Ganesh Chaturthi. Had to call my MIL, twice and then refer couple of websites to get it right!. I had burned it a couple of times before.

My MIL also suggested to drop in one crystal of sea salt into the Ghee when its till warm. She says it preserves better.

sra said...

Sharmi, beautiful car! And ghee is a nice post for RCI-Tamil Festivals. The godaari is supposed to be a treat but I've never liked it.

Suganya said...

Sharmi, As usual, yr spread is great. Tell me the secret, how do you manage to cook so much?

Sirisha Kilambi said...

Sharmi.....Nice yummy entries dear....I have always wanted to make ghee at home...This time I will...Thanks for ur recipe....And that new Car looks awesome dear...Congrats....Shud have a posted ur photo too besides ur car :-)

Hima said...

Hey sharmi, I tried your vathal kulumbu yesterday and it was so delicious. Thanks for the recipe. I bought the vathals when I went to california last month. Finally I got to taste them here.

sunita said...

I too make ghee at home as I don't like the store bought ones here, usually a small amount, as we do not use it that much...try adding a very small lump of jaggery...gives a very nice texture.

Btw, your 'new family member' looks great...wish you many joyful rides ahead.

TBC said...

All your sweet preparations look great as usual but I simply loved the pic of the lam and it's reflection:-)

Congrats on the new car.

Raaga said...

Congrats :-) the car is beautiful... and I still make butter out of malai, but since we don't use ghee much, I've not converted that butter to ghee yet. Amma adds a vettalai to the butter and the aroma it releases is awesome.

Linda said...

Congrats on the new "vee hickle" :) Looks lovely! I loved the vadas too... just one hour of soaking? what am I waiting for ;)

Lissie said...

i used to make ghee from cream just like your mother. delicious array of festival foods!!! the car looks fantastic!

Latha Narasimhan said...

Wow! all entries in one go!!:)) Great sharmi!:)) Congrats on your new car!:)) Red colour is lovely!:))
I admire your enthu !

In India, I suppose making ghee is like boiling water! At least in my friends circle I do not know people buying ghee for daily use! Only for some major sweet most people buy ghee! I prefer using ghee made out of home made butter!:))

And then Here navarathri is becoming very popular these days. I will do a write up in a day or two! Thanks for your regular comments in my blog dear! :))

Susan said...

Sharmi, if I read your directions correctly, you don't skim the milk solids from the melted butter? Congrats on your new wheels. Just think how many bags of groceries you can load into that baby. : )

USHA said...

Hi Sharmi,

Nice post....you make ghee yourself..that sounds good...Hey sorry man,actually till i read your post and from others i dont know anything about Amish starter..so only when you asked me,i asked to explain you about it...But i didn't get any response from you...anyway gr8 baking...

USHA said...

Hi Sharmi,
I have left information in my post area ma as comment...Anyway its alright buddy....No sorry all between friends....so nice of you.

Kate said...

wow sharmi u have quite a feast going on here. Congrats on your new car ) Looking at your ghee , i remembered when i was little my mum too would make ghee at home and the whole house would smell of it ....and i hated it ...so i was always screamin at her ...mom cant you do this when i 'm in school..:P , well now that i havent had that smell in the last 7 yrs i kinda miss it :D

Susan said...

Sharmi, thanks for the clarification for your clarified butter. We skim the white solids as soon as they float to the top. I'd imagine ghee has more of a richer, browned-butter flavor.

Dhivya Karthik said...

wow..a Feast and a new car! congrats! :)

SMN said...

Hi Sharmi..

Very nice entry fortamil cusine.. i loved ur patience in preparing and presenting great effort! nice pics tooo. loved the ghee preparation.. if you want nice aroma to it then add a leaf of Tulsi..

Rohini's kitchen said...

Hi Sharmi, Me too love making ghee. Great event for RCI. Me too posted Seedai two days back..Congrats for your car. Looks beautiful!

Chris said...

I have never had homemade ghee. I think I need to try it!

Great entries. They all look so delicious. I want some of each.

Congrats on the Highlander! New cars are fun.

Roopa said...

excellent entries Sharmi as ever :)

Prajusha said...

sharmi,
Congrats on ur new car.
thanks for sharing the recipe of making ghee at home.
Nice entry for RCI

Bhawna said...

Congratulations Sharmi, for the arrival of the new baby. i love ur tamil thaali

RML said...

Hello Sharmi,
I too have been making ghee at home the same way since I came to USA.
Wow delicious sweets.I am drooling here....
and Congrats for your new car.Cool color.
Madhuri

Priyanka said...

Congratulations on your new car Sharmi. I have never made ghee at home here. Thanks for the recipe. The sweets are too tempting. And the pics of the eggs are just classic.

renuka said...

great entries Iam really hungry seeing them.congrats on the new addition.sorry iam not able to reply your comments from day one,i'll rectify it soon

renuka said...

on the ghee, we do it this way only ,we add a string of drumstick leaves at the end for aroma and remove it.With the strained brown leftovers add sugar and wheat flour till you get like a powder it would taste yummy

Dee & Chai said...

Great Car! Happy for you. Also, nice recipes.

Mona said...

Hi Sharmi, i was thinking of making ghee at home out of utter from some day, and this post of yours is sure gonna help me out. Thanks dear. Will try it out..

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Kajal said...

WOW......nice CAR!!!!
Great dish for Tamil festival my dear.:)

Menu Today said...

Hi Sharmi,

Adding Methi seeds in vada is new to me. Will try your version next time. Thanks for sharing.

Mythreyee said...

That is a lovely post as usual. Vadais are awesome.

Michael said...

I use an electric WOK to make Ghee. I put two quarts of heavy whipping cream into my Robot Coupe food processor and process for 2 minutes until the butter separates. I then place this into the wok, bring it to a boil, then lower to simmer and let it alone until it turns a clear golden color. Nothing better to cook with. I'm an American man with a true LOVE for Ghee.