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How to Make Ghee

 solid butter or ghee

The final product. Soft Ghee, ready to be used in Recipes

 making ghee

The white crust almost all separated from the chunck of ghee.

In many recipes, I have mentioned the word Ghee which is used in the making of rotis & many rich sweetmeats. For those not familiar with Indian cooking, ghee is clarified butter. A description of how ghee is made follows. It was taught to me by my mother. If you do not want to make ghee, you may use regular butter.

Ghee can be made ahead of time and used when you make roti. Many cooks use spoonfuls of ghee to add to the rich flavor of curries. Because of health reasons this is not promoted on a regular basis, but using 1 or 2 tablespoons of butter or ghee occasionally does enhance the taste of dishes, without adding too much to your waistline.

You will find several recipes asking for ghee. Check the recipes in this segment at Quality Desserts. Ghee does not have to be refrigerated but if you have not used it in over a month you should refrigerate it as it can get rancid. I have included several images that may help to illustrate the process.

As you peruse the ghee recipe you may wonder why the melted ghee is put into the fridge. This was a clever tip from my mother. When the butter is a melted mass it is hard to separate the water and the thick white creamy stuff, butter solids. But when it is hard, it is so easy to separate all of this from the block of ghee.


  • 16 oz butter


  • Remove wrapper and place butter into a deep microwave-proof bowl
  • Melt butter in microwave for 1 min. on high
  • Ensure that the contents do not overflow
  • Microwave for another minute. It should be “ foamy”, melted with no solid pieces, if not, microwave for another 30 seconds.
  • When cool, put this bowl into the refrigerator to harden the contents. It may take several hours
  • When it is hard, use a spoon to scrape off the creamy stuff on the top. Save this. Next use a knife to cut the block of ghee. You will find some milky water at the bottom. Now remove the block and store it in a bottle or bowl
  • This block is ghee . When it is melted it is a soft rich yellow color. Use the ghee in amounts called for in recipes
  • I do not waste the creamy stuff from the top or the water. Use the water as part of the water for the roti dough. I add the creamy stuff to curries. It may be discarded but I prefer to use the remains.
 solid butter or ghee

After refrigerating the solid salts and water are visible on the top layer

 melted butter

Butter Melted & just out of the Microwave. This should be placed in refrigerator to harden

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