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Clarified Butter

  • Cook 30 mins

Hari says

Beautiful, nutty and so very aromatic, ghee is simply clarified butter (all the impurities are removed through a gentle heating process). Now, it might look pure and golden but ghee is saturated fat so only use it sparingly for rich, decadent dishes, such as kormas and biriyanis. It does have a pretty special flavour though and it adds something simply amazing to Indian food. It’s super easy to make, too, and most of the bigger supermarkets sell it.

Another nice thing about ghee is that it doesn't need to be refrigerated as all the milk proteins have been removed, so it won't go off. You can just leave it on your work top and it will solidify when it's cold and become a golden liquid at room temperature. Remember to always use a clean spoon and don’t contaminated it with water or other food and it will keep just for up to a year.

  • Ingredients
  • Method
  • 4 blocks of unsalted butter (gives approx. 500g ghee)


  1. Gently melt unsalted butter over low heat until the butter melts. Bring to a gentle boil and simmer for about 15-20 minutes.
  2. Whilst cooking start to carefully skim off the top layer of white froth using a spoon. These are the whey proteins which need to be removed.
  3. When the butter stops producing this white foam on the surface and the milk sediment begins to stick to the bottom of the pan remove from the heat and leave to settle.
  4. Once cooled, strain the mixture through a fine sieve or a cheesecloth-lined strainer. Try to keep the solids in the pan.
  5. The liquid collected is the clarified butter (butterfat) that can be covered and stored for up to 12 months. There is no need to refrigerate ghee as there is no risk of it going rancid.

Served with

Use for those dishes that require a little bit more decadence. Gives a wonderful nutty flavour and warming aroma.

Nutritional information

Typical values* per Serving
Fat (g)82
of which saturates (g)52
Carbohydrates (g)0.6
of which sugars (g)0.6
Fibre (g)0.0
Protein (g)0.6
Salt (mg)1.5
*Based upon calculated values, supplied by myfitnesspal.com. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated.

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Comments (2)

  • Neil


    03 June 2018 at 10:45 |
    What is the weight of 4 blocks of unsalted butter?


    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      03 June 2018 at 11:35 |
      Hi Neil one block is usually about 250g so 1kg. You will get about 800g of ghee from this. You lose about 20%to water etc. Hope that helps thanks Hari


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