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5.19.2008

Ghee...That's Simple



Like my new look?

I'm in a quandary about what to post over the next two weeks. Certain Someone and I are getting serious about our 'nesting weight' . He'll be leaving for Stockholm next week on his birthday, and I will meet him there the following week. We have a wedding to attend and I will assist him as he moves into his new summer home he purchased a few hours away from Stockholm. It will be a whirlwind week. I tried on my dress for the wedding and it "Just" fit. The dress was way roomier when I purchased it a few years back. It cost about 2 weeks salary so I am determined to loose some weight. So the next few weeks will be a lot of vegetables, fish, and chicken with maybe a end of week reward.
Today I want to talk about Ghee. Ghee has been around for forever in Indian cookery. It has many Arurvedic benefits.They say it stimulates the digestive tract, therefore aiding weight loss,enhanced glow, fries foods with less oil use, promotes general well health and being. I first was turned onto it when reading about blood type diets. Rather than buy Ghee, I make mine because its so simple.

Ghee

1 lb of unsalted butter

Heat the butter very slowly in a heavy bottomed pan. When butter has melted turn up to a medium heat. It will start to boil, bubble and spurt. This is the liquids evaporating and solids separating. Do not cover the pot.Stir occasionally and reduce heat. The ghee will turn to a clear golden color. Skim off any foam . When mixture has cooled down pour into a airtight jar . Some solids may sink to the bottom. Some people discard it and some use it . Ghee has along shelf life and can stores at room temp. However to err on the cautious side store in the refrigerator. Store up to a few months.

So what did I make with Ghee tonight? I mashed a head of boiled cauliflower and garlic ( 3 cloves) with a tablespoon of ghee and 2 teaspoons of green curry paste. It was actually pretty tasty. served up alongside some boring steamed Tilapia and veggies. I drizzled a bit more ghee on top.

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27 comments:

Blog Princess G said...

Oh, excellent meal. And so low in carbs. Well done Coco - you'll be in your dress comfortably before long. :)

Heather said...

I do like the new look, except that you can't see your blog without scrolling down. :P

Ghee, whiz, you need some lighter recipes? I'm there with you. I'll try to post at least one healthy dish a week, in solidarity (and because I actually try to eat healthy!).

linda said...

Been thinking about ghee lately even though I don't even remember why in the first place ;) so thanks for the tutorial!
Delicious idea of mashed up cauliflower! I'm sure you'll fit into that dress in no time. Sounds good btw going to Sweden for a wedding...

Dhanggit said...

oh this is a perfect meal to share over the weekend... i love the idea of mashed cauliflower with garlic..i could already imagine the taste..

Núria said...

Hey Courtney! Welcome to the world of good intentions!!! I try to follow a diet too... BUT, gosh, it's so hard when you have a foodie blog!!!!!!!

Never heard about Ghee before! Thanks for sharing :D

Emiline said...

I love your new look! I don't know...it's refreshing? I don't think that's the right word.

You can post whatever you want. I'll read it. I need to eat lighter too! It's getting to be swimsuit season.

Peter M said...

Ghee = clarified butter, right?

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Cute title. :)

Bellini Valli said...

I better make me some ghee Glamah...right now for that weighloss challenge!!

Ben said...

Welcome to fat camp... I mean the diet club :-p It is a challenge to get creative with food that is good for you, but it is totally worth it. Trust me. I have lost close to 8 pounds already and am loving it :)

glamah16 said...

Peter- Yes its essentially clarified butter. The butter has been cooked down a little longerto transform it to Ghee.Because the flavor is so concentrated you use less as a oil.

Judy @ No Fear Entertaining said...

Love the new look!

We use ghee in a lot of things. Not one that I can remember right now but we always have some on hand!!!

Good luck on your weight loss. You might want to try weight watchers on line. It can really work if you already eat a nice well balanced diet and you don't end up feeling restricted on what you can eat!

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Thanks for the reminder about ghee. I've been trying to cut our butter wayyyyyy down.

That looks like a lovely meal!

kellypea said...

Wow! I had to do a double take on your header to make sure it was you! Nice! And funny you should feature ghee. My mom's here with us and has never had Indian food, so I've got some chicken tiki masala and goan veggies on the menu tonight. At the rate I'm going, it won't be posted until sometime in the next century! I've made ghee before, but not since one of those dinner parties we have. Maybe I should make some more...

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Ghee! I have heard of it, probably eaten it at some point, but never cooked with it myself. We rarely use butter in this house, I mainly have it around for DB challenges!
Olive oil is a great cooking oil too. Very good and healthy! :)
But you already know this, and so essentially I am just blathering away on your gorgeous new blog! :)

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Ghee! I have heard of it, probably eaten it at some point, but never cooked with it myself. We rarely use butter in this house, I mainly have it around for DB challenges!
Olive oil is a great cooking oil too. Very good and healthy! :)
But you already know this, and so essentially I am just blathering away on your gorgeous new blog! :)

Mary said...

Your Ghee looks beautiful! I had no idea it was so healthy!

Mansi Desai said...

Ghee will not help you lose those punds girl, so beware!! but there's nothing like home-made ghee...aww, i miss my mom now!!:(

btw, I'm hosting a Monthly Mingle event on my blog this month, and it would be great if you could participate! please check the details here

good luck with your "healthy eating" plan!:)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Thanks for making my learn new things about ghee! A great meal!

Cheers,

Rosa

Cheryl said...

That actually looks really good!!

Ellieut said...

I am doing the same thing, looking to drop a bit (that amano chocolate did me in!!! I love it though...) I signed up for sparkpeople.com to track my calories and fitness, they have a diet on there that is pretty decent but I went to a nutritionist instead. So far I have lost 2.2 lbs -not much in three weeks BUT- I dropped 2.4% of my body fat and my clothes are getting loose, so I know I am losing, but I am working out pretty hard, running a lot and strength training and my muscles bulk up fast. I haven't posted in a bit because I just don't have the time, but I will do some healthy stuff soon!

kittie said...

Ghee is one of my all-time favourite ingredients - essential in Indian curries! I've never tried making it myself, and my current tub is almost done... I think I might have to give it a go!

Maryann said...

I'm there with you, Courtney, and yes..I like the new look :)

jasmine said...

Am lucky that I have access to "real" ghee--the butter in India is different, cultured perhaps. Love the treats made with it...


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Pixie said...

We purchased ghee recently- courtney- you're just an incredible cook; I'm certainly bookmarking this and I love your new look to the blog.

We Are Never Full said...

you CRACK me up... talking about fitting into your dress and "nesting weight" and then discuss GHEE!!! love the yin-yang of it all.

Lisa said...

Great title!

Must've missed the fact that you're getting married soon. Congrats! How exciting, whizzing off to Stockholm and all. Have a wonderful time.

I love making ghee, don't do it often enough. You're right; it is so easy, and so delish. I'm loving your cauliflower idea, must try that.