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How to Make Ghee: South Asian Clarified Butter + Video

Ghee is a clarified butter, commonly used in Indian cuisine and Eastern cookery.

Easy to make with a distinctive butter flavor, and a higher smoking point than regular butter with the butter solids removed.

How to Make Ghee:

How to Make Ghee: South Asian Clarified Butter - cookingwithkimberly.comThe butter is gently melted on very low heat, which allows the solids to drop to the bottom.

After the froth is removed from the top, no more froth is forming, and the milk solids are noticeably on the bottom, giving you have some very clear yellow butter in the middle – this is the ghee.

The ghee is very gently and slowly poured into another contained without disturbing the milk solids on the bottom. The ghee is now ready to be used in recipes as called for.

Type: Condiment Recipe

Prep time: 2 min
Cook Time: 10 – 12 min
Yield: 1 cup

The ingredients & instructions are listed below the video for measurements & directions. Please enjoy this webisode of Cooking with Kimberly:



  1. Place butter in sauce pan on low heat and allow to melt slowly without boiling or bubbling. * Tip: It is not necessary to cut butter into small chunks.
  2. You will see some frothiness forming on top of the melting butter. This froth needs to be skimmed off, without disturbing the melting butter.
  3. The milk solids will accumulate on the bottom.
  4. Now the clarified result is ready to be poured off into a suitable container. * Tip: It is important to do so gently and slowly so as not to disturb the milk solids on the bottom. Cheesecloth can be used if you so desire, to eliminate contaminating the ghee with the milk solids.

Making ghee allows you to get a more authentic experience out of your South Asian cuisine.


I hope you enjoy this South Asian Recipe on Cooking with Kimberly. Until next time…

Be a Champion in Your Kitchen & Eat Deliciously!

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Author: Kimberly Turner

Kimberly Turner is the web-chef behind CookingWithKimberly.com. Food writer, food consultant and general lover of the delicious treats on our planet, Kimberly brings you hearty content, delicious offerings, fun antics, and some down-home cooked love with her mom making cameos. Internet entrepreneur and marketer, International model, and Editor-in-Chief of a number of online publications. Be a Champion in Your Kitchen & Eat Deliciously!

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