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September 15, 2012

Homemade Ghee - How To Make Ghee From Store Bought Butter | நெய் காய்ச்சும் முறை

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In this post, I have shared how to make ghee from store bought butter easily at home. I have used unsalted butter here. You can also use salted butter if you like. Procedure is the same. Before my marriage , I was not aware of making ghee at home. My mom used to buy ghee from a milk man who gives us fresh, flavourful ghee. 

When I was young, I used to eat the residued curry leaves/ Drumstick leaves which he brings specially for me. After marriage, I saw my MIL making ghee from store bought unsalted butter. I was amazed ! I learnt from her and now I can confidently make ghee on my own. 

Even beginners can try this ! It tastes & smells equal to the store bought ghee. Recently I found that adding jeera & red chilli gives a flavourful ghee & I tried it too. I usually make ghee very simply without adding them. But adding them sure enhances the flavour of ghee. This ghee won’t taste salty, you can use in sweets. Follow this if you like. Let’s see how to make ghee at home using unsalted butter with stepwise pictures and video!


How to make ghee from unsalted butter

How to make ghee from unsalted butter How to make ghee at home using unsalted butter with stepwise pictures..
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Indian kitchen basics
Serves: 500ml
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes


  • Unsalted Butter – 500 gms ( I use Nandini)
  • Buttermilk – 1/8 tsp / a drop
  • Crystal salt – 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves / Drumstick leaves – few
  • Methi seeds – 1/4 tsp (optional)

  • Take the butter out and put it in a wide, big vessel .( I normally use an aluminium pan which is almost three times bigger because while melting the froth raises till the rim of the vessel). Switch on the flame and start melting the butter by placing a wooden ladle. Keep the flame high and keep on stirring till the butter melts completely .( by stirring continuously , you’ll get less residue at the end).
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  • Now simmer the flame and mix well. It will boil and become frothy by producing big bubbles. It produces a hiss sound.
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  • After few minutes, the bubbles will cease and the froth rises. (make sure the flame is low).  Mix well and cook for sometime in low flame. It froths again and foams up. After a few seconds from rising, you’ll see tiny brown spots that appear on the top. As soon as you see a single brown spot, add little buttermilk & mix well. After you add the buttermilk, you’ll get a spluttering noise. Adding buttermilk is optional. Switch off the flame and mix well .U’ll see lot of brown spots. Remove the vessel from the stove.
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  • Add few curry leaves/ drumstick leaves & pinch of methi seeds, jeera and red chilli if using.
  • After it cools down, the residue will settle down at the bottom and transfer the ghee alone to the desired bowl by straining it through a metal filter. Keep the bowl open for sometime. Then close it with a lid and use whenever required..
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      U  can use the residue by mixing in plain rice or by adding in sambar or pongal. I usually do this.


    • U can add jeera and one whole red chilly while making ghee. It never changes the taste of ghee. It just enhances the aroma. U can use this ghee for making sweets without any doubt. But adding them are optional. I don’t use it often.
    • Crystal salt is used for the residue to settle down easily.
    • Adding methi seeds is optional. If you wish, add along with curry leaves at the end . ie. before switching off the flame.
    • Drumstick leaves can also be added instead of curry leaves.
    • U should be more careful when the brown spots appear. Keep the lights on in your kitchen and keep watching at this stage.I add curd as soon as I see a single brown spot. I mix it and switch off the flame. But my MIL waits for more spots to come. Also she removes the vessel from the stove and keeps it in a plate of water to cool down quickly.

 Homemade Ghee in Melted form

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Shruti Dhingra Wahi said...

I make ghee at home but with cream or malai ...
very useful post :-)

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virunthu unna vaanga said...

wow very useful with different ingredients... can feel the aroma of ghee... n my sithi also make ghee at home... but c used to store the palaadai n make it from it...

Unknown said...

WoW! Nice post Chitra, very helpful

Suja Manoj said...

Home made is the best,can imagine the flavor.

Divya A said...

So authentic and well made dear :)
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Chitra said...

Thank u friends :)

Unknown said...

Very Useful post dear....I too prefer homemade....

divya said...

oh so yummy.....useful post thanks for sharing...

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

Super informative post chitra. We add drumstick leaves or curry leaves,but rest all is new to me. nicely clicked

VineelaSiva said...

Everything that homemade taste and smell good dear.

Sudha Sabarish said...

Very useful post Chitra and till now haven't tried preparing ghee.Have bookmarked and will try next time.

radha said...

Nothing like homemade ghee. When we were young, the butter used to be obtained by churning buttermilk and then that would be made into ghee! Now sadly, I buy ready made stuff. But then we do not use much of it.

Hema said...

Homemade ghee is always more flavorful with all that curry leaves and drumstick leaves..

Prathima Rao said...

Nice, flavorful homemade ghee..Nothing can beat homemade version!!
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Priya Suresh said...

I do the same way too,nothing will beat this homemade ghee na.

Laavanya said...

I've not added chillies or cumin before... my paati adds moru & drumstick leaves... and I used to love eating the crispy leaves after she drains the ghee :)

Srividhya Ravikumar said...

very useful post...looks perfect...

Anonymous said...

homemade ghee is looking fantastic.. thank u for the post.. will follow ur style next time when i make ghee at home..

Unknown said...

Hi,we too do this way,can u pls post me how to collect butter from milk.

Chitra said...

I will try to post it.Thanks :)