Eating Ghee With These 5 Elements Has Higher Health Benefits
Present in all Indian cuisines, ghee has been propagated by Ayurveda for centuries. Whether it’s our rotis, khichdi or plain dal rice – a spoonful of ghee brings food down. Besides being used in cooking, ghee also helps heal minor burns and acts as a moisturizer.
While ghee itself has a host of benefits – like being a rich source of antioxidants, having anti-inflammatory properties, being good for gut health, and having heart-healthy fats – when combined with these five elements, its benefits are compounded.
Here’s how to make ghee healthier:
1. Turmeric: Just like ghee, turmeric is found in every Indian household and is widely used in cooking. According to a report by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, curcumin, a natural phytochemical in turmeric, has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown that curcumin has anti-arthritic effects.
Now, mixing turmeric with ghee is a great combination as it provides the health benefits of both. It promotes heart health, can reduce body pain, and reduces inflammation.
To make turmeric flavored ghee, add 1 teaspoon of turmeric and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper powder to a cup of ghee and store in an airtight jar.
2. Tulsi: Tulsi has many benefits for the body. Its leaves are rich in vitamins A, C and K. They also contain calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron and potassium. According to scientific studies, Tulsi helps normalize blood sugar, blood pressure, and lipid levels. It also helps to fight against mental stress thanks to its anxiolytic and antidepressant properties.
To use Tulsi with ghee, add a few leaves while boiling the butter. It adds to the health benefits while giving the stir fry a great flavor.
3. Cinnamon: Cinnamon is a powerful spice that helps you deal with various ailments. It is an antioxidant, it has anti-inflammatory properties and can help diabetics by reducing insulin resistance. It has also been shown to lower blood sugar levels. It has antifungal and antibacterial properties.
You can make cinnamon ghee in two ways: either add cinnamon while the butter is boiling itself and strain the mixture, or add ghee to a saucepan and put two cinnamon sticks in it. Heat this ghee for five minutes and allow it to cool.
4. Camphor: Camphor or Kapoor comes from the bark and wood of the camphor tree. It is good for digestion, has anti-inflammatory properties, reduces congestion, helps arthritis patients, and camphor oil is used for pain relief.
To add it to ghee, add one to two pieces of edible camphor to ghee and heat it for five minutes. Leave to cool and strain into an airtight jar.
5. Garlic: Just like garlic chili oils or olive oil, garlic in ghee is also a great combination. Besides taste, garlic boosts immunity, has anti-inflammatory properties, improves heart health, cleanses the skin, improves lipid profile and lowers blood pressure.
To make garlic flavored ghee, chop a few cloves of garlic and add them to a pot with ghee. Stir over low heat for about five minutes and cover the pan. Once the flavors are infused into the ghee, strain it into an airtight jar.
“Add these five things to ghee to make it healthier” Posted September 17, 2021, Courtesy Times of India
NCBI – Curcumin
NCBI – Tulsi
Healthline- Health Benefits of Cinnamon
Lybrate – Health Benefits of Camphor
MedicalNewsToday- Benefits of Garlic
Edited by Yoshita Rao