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Ghee

Description
Ghee is a type of clarified butter that is prepared by boiling butter and removing the residue. Spices can be added for flavor. Ghee has a long shelf-life and needs no refrigeration if kept in an airtight container to prevent oxidation. The texture, color and taste of ghee depends on the quality of the butter and the duration of the boiling.

Uses
Ghee is widely used in Indian cuisine. In many Indian states, including Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Bengal, and Orissa, rice is traditionally prepared or served with ghee (including biryani). In Rajasthan, ghee is eaten with baati. All over north India, people dab roti with ghee. In Bengal (both West Bengal and Bangladesh) and Gujarat, ghee is served with kichdi, which is an evening meal (or dinner) of rice with lentils cooked in curry made from yoghurt, cumin seeds, curry leaves, ghee, cornflour, turmeric, garlic, and salt. Ghee is also used to prepare kadhi and used in Indian sweets such as Mysore pak, and different varieties of halva and laddu. Punjabi cuisine prepared in restaurants uses large amounts of ghee. Naan and roti are sometimes brushed with ghee, either during preparation or while serving. Ghee is an important part of Punjabi cuisine and traditionally, the parathas, daals and curries in Punjab often use ghee instead of oil, to make it rich in taste. Different types of ghees are used in different types of cooking recipes, as for example, ghee made from cow's milk is traditionally served with rice or roti or just a generous sprinkle over the top of a curry or daal (lentils) but for cooking purposes, ghee made from buffalo's milk is used generally.

Ghee is ideal fat for deep frying because its smoke point (where its molecules begin to break down) is 250 °C (482 °F), which is well above typical cooking temperatures of around 200 °C (392 °F) and above that of most vegetable oils.


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