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What is ghee?

Ghee, the Hindi word for “fat,” has been a staple in Indian diets for centuries. And it seems to top every foodie hit list. So what exactly is it?

Ghee is basically clarified butter that’s been cooked a little longer for added flavor. (Refresher: Clarified butter is pure milk fat, made by heating regular butter up to separate out the water and milk solids.)

Cook that butter a bit longer, until its milk solids begin to brown and develop a nutty flavor. After you drain out the solids, they leave behind a rich, toasty taste. Voila: ghee!

A pure, saturated fat, ghee has a high smoke point, making it ideal for cooking at high temps and perfect for frying or sautéing. The rich flavor also means it’s great for drizzling or spreading on your favorite treats – or in the place of cooking oils to add flavor to any recipe.