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Bilona ghee is a traditional Indian clarified butter made from cow's milk using the ancient Vedic method of churning curd or yoghurt made from bilona. The bilona method involves churning curd made from cow's milk in a wooden churn or vessel (known as "bilona") until the butter separates from the buttermilk. The buttermilk is then drained, and the butter is heated on a low flame to remove any remaining moisture and impurities, resulting in pure and aromatic bilona ghee.

Here are the steps to make bilona ghee:

Ingredients:

  • 1 liter of cow's milk
  • 1-2 tbsp of curd
  • A wooden churn or vessel (bilona)
  • A muslin cloth or strainer
  • A heavy-bottomed pan

Instructions:

  1. Boil the cow's milk and let it cool to room temperature.
  2. Add 1-2 tablespoons of curd to the milk and stir well.
  3. Cover the container and let it sit at room temperature for about 12-15 hours or until the milk has curdled and set.
  4. Once the curd is set, transfer it to the bilona and churn it until the butter separates from the buttermilk.
  5. Collect the butter and put it in a muslin cloth or strainer to drain the buttermilk.
  6. Heat the butter on low flame in a heavy-bottomed pan until it melts and starts to foam.
  7. Continue heating the butter, stirring occasionally, until the moisture evaporates, and the ghee turns golden brown.
  8. Strain the ghee through a fine sieve to remove any remaining impurities.
  9. Store the bilona ghee in a clean, airtight container at room temperature.

Health Benefits of Bilona Ghee:

Bilona ghee has been a part of Ayurvedic medicine for centuries and is known for its numerous health benefits. Some of the benefits of bilona ghee are:

  1. Improves Digestion: Bilona ghee is rich in butyric acid, which helps to promote healthy digestion and heal the gut.
  2. Boosts Immunity: Bilona ghee contains antioxidants that help to boost the immune system and protect the body against infections and diseases.
  3. Good for Skin and Hair: Bilona ghee is rich in essential fatty acids that nourish and moisturize the skin and hair, making them soft and supple.
  4. Enhances Memory and Cognitive Function: Bilona ghee is a good source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that are essential for brain function and can enhance memory and cognitive function.
  5. Anti-inflammatory Properties: Bilona ghee has anti-inflammatory properties that can help to reduce inflammation in the body and alleviate symptoms of arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.

It is essential to use high-quality desi cow's milk and follow the bilona method carefully to make pure and authentic bilona ghee.

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