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The Health Benefits of Cooking with Ghee

Ghee is easy to use in cooking, has a high smoking point, meaning it won’t burn at high temperatures; contains no artificial ingredients or trans fats. It is, however, a saturated fat weighing in at 14 grams of fat per tablespoon. A “little dab will do ya”, so less is more when using the rich flavor of ghee in cooking.

Spicy Greens and Chick Peas
Yield:  4 – 6 servings

2 large bunches mixed greens or spinach (frozen spinach works also)
Water as needed
2 Tablespoons ghee
1 14 ounce can chickpeas, drained
2 inch piece ginger, peeled and crushed
6 garlic cloves
4 green Thai or Serrano chilies
2 teaspoons garam masala (Indian spice mixture)
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 cup non-dairy or coconut milk
Large handful of fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
Salt to taste

1.  Cook the greens with a small quantity of water, just enough to keep them from sticking, until wilted. Remove from the heat.
2.  Melt the ghee in a heavy saucepan over medium heat and add the ginger, garlic, and chilies.
3.  Sauté for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add the garam masala and nutmeg and cook another minute.
4.  Add the cooked greens, any of its liquid, and the chickpeas.
5.  Stir and simmer for 10 minutes.
6.  Add the milk, cilantro, and salt and gently simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to rest a few minutes before serving.

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4:09PM PDT on Apr 9, 2012

In Ayurveda ghee is one of the foods that can be converted most easily into "Ojas" along with milk, honey and rice. Ojas is the substance that is the basis of our immunity and helps the physiology to run in a smooth, effortless and friction-less manner. Alcohol and anger destroy Ojas in the physiology.

8:10PM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

thank-you, for sharing this

6:21PM PST on Mar 10, 2012

ghee can also be very unhealthy if you eat it alot.. because it is very fattening

7:53PM PST on Feb 17, 2012

Thank you, was very happy to read this. Ayurveda has saved my life already and I have been reading Dr. Lad's "Textbook of Ayurvedic Medicine" which is very enlightening. Ayurveda is the most sensible approach to staying healthy.

8:31PM PST on Feb 14, 2012

Hello:)thanks for the post,i nevertheless wonder how it could be useful and healthy as saturated fat is so unhealthy,to me olive oil would be much better:)or grapeseed oil or sesameseed oil or...vegetable oil :)

9:13AM PST on Feb 6, 2012


another way to use ghee is externally for eyes (on temples) - video showig it here (plus marma shakti points (like EFT) for eye improvement too (it may help a bit)

google "SECRET for HEALTHY EYES with Ancient Secrets Revealed by Dr Pankaj Naram" for quite short video on it

2:31PM PST on Jan 27, 2012


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7:12AM PST on Dec 26, 2011

Well, it's still 100% saturated fat, so I wouldn't recommend it for people with cholesterol problems (like me).

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