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Mysore Pak, Carrot Halwa, Shira ….. hmmm… they just sound so delectable. These are some of the traditional recipes from the Indian kitchen that bring out the goodness of ghee along with a taste that would leave anyone wanting for more!
Yes, it is time that you explore your culinary skills and make some interesting dishes that you and your family can enjoy!
Not just that, Ghee is rich in many vitamins and minerals that boost your health. Ghee is rich in butyric acid that protects intestines and arterial lining from inflammation and prevents constriction of passages. Vitamin K present in ghee is also essential to prevent plaque formation in your arteries. Moreover, ghee is rich in omega 3 fatty acids that also prevent joint pain and maintain elasticity of blood vessels. Be it nervous and brain development or preventing oxidative damage with the help of powerful antioxidants, ghee has a lot to offer to you!
Just so you know here is the surprise for weight conscious youngsters and middle-aged people. Ghee actually kick starts the fat metabolism in your body and does not form adipose tissue. Rather, it gives a burst of energy and aids in fat burning! So, all those figure conscious girls out there, there is no need to stay away from these delectable ghee recipes!
Here are five intresting, amazingly tasty and fairly easy-to-make recipes with ghee that you can try at home.
It is the traditional Indian sweet that is made with healthy gram flour, ghee and sugar. Actually these are the only ingredients you will need along with water, to make this wonderful sweet.
Take 100 grams of organic Ghee in a pan, melt it and keep it ready. Take a tall vessel to place the batter and coat it with ghee. You can also place a butter paper for ease. Now, set these aside and take a thick-bottomed pan. Add 100 ml of water and 200 grams of Sugar to it and stir well until the sugar dissolves, while stirring on a low flame. Don’t over heat this mixture. When the sugar begins to stick you should stop and not allow it to crystallize. When you touch it with your fingers, it should have a sticky feeling.
In a separate vessel, take 50 grams of gram flour or besan and add around 5 tablespoons of the sugar syrup while stirring well to create a lump-free paste. Once this paste is ready, add the paste to the pan containing sugar syrup and stir well. Now put the pan on mild flame and add one tablespoon of ghee and stir well. Similarly, carry on stirring by adding ghee bit by bit until the ghee is all over. The mixture will start boiling and give bubbles even when you stir. Before it starts sticking to the pan, switch off the flame when you are still able to stir.
Transfer the mix to the greased vessel and allow it to cool and set before cutting into pieces. You can garnish the Mysore Pak pieces with cut pista and badam if preferred.
Grate 8 carrots and sauté them in a pan by adding 5 tablespoons of Ghee. Once the carrot does not smell raw and has fried well, add 6 cups of cow’s milk and cook well until the carrot softens. Now, add 2 cups of Sugar to this and stir well until the sugar dissolves completely and the mixture thickens. Once it reaches the consistency, add few pieces of saffron and some cardamom powder. Remove from flame and garnish with flaked almonds and cashews.
Take half a cup of Ghee in a pan and melt it. To this, add one cup of sooji or rava and fry well until it turns golden brown. Now, add a cup of milk to it and allow it to cook well. Once the rava has softened and cooked well, add three fourths cup of Sugar and stir well until sugar dissolves and the shira thickens. To this, add some cardamom powder, raisins and cashew nuts.
If you are not somebody with a sweet tooth, you might like to try out something that is spicier. This is something easy to make also. Cook a cup of rice in a pressure cooker adding a little bit of Ghee to it along with required amount of salt. This allows for the rice to not form lumps. Take a frying pan and add 4 tablespoons of organic ghee to it. To this, add a cinnamon stick, two bay leaves, two cloves, some black peppercorns, and add three finely sliced onions and fry well. Once fried, add the cooked rice to it and stir well to remove lumps. You can garnish with roasted cashews.
Take one cup of rice and half a cup of green gram and wash well. Add 3 cups of water and cook well in a pressure cooker. Now, take a separate frying pan and add 4 tablespoons of Ghee. To this, add one spoon of cumin seeds, one spoon of jeera, half a spoon of pepper, ten curry leaves, 1 spoon of grated ginger and sauté. Pour this on the cooked rice, add salt and mix well.
These are all easy recipes that you can try at home.
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