Know your ghee: Bilona vs Cream
Ghee holds a sacred place in Indian culture. The ancient Vedas call ghee the ‘first and the
most essential of all foods’, and quite rightly so. With a wide array of varieties existing in the
market with even wider ranging prices, it becomes more important to understand the
differences between them and what goes into making a perfect jar of this auspicious
Largely, there are two variants of ghee existing in the markets, based on the process used to
make them. The first and the more convenient one is ghee made using milk cream. On letting
whole milk stand for a while, cream or milk fat rises and floats on the top. This cream on
churning uni-directionally yields butter which is then heated to procure ghee.
The second method is the traditional Vedic method, commonly termed as the Bilona method.
This technique requires an extensive amount of milk, hard work, time and patience – all of
which work together to yield ghee which is worth its weight in gold. Fresh milk is first heated
and then inoculated to ferment into curd. This set curd is then churned bi-directionally with
utmost persistence to separate butter from buttermilk. Heating this butter slowly forms ghee
which is replete with all the goodness this superfood possesses.
Making a litre of ghee using the bilona method is a slow and tedious process, demanding
around 20-30 litres of milk, thereby making it more expensive than ghee made from cream.
This process makes ghee easier to digest and enables more retention of nutrients such as
omega 3 fatty acids, more MUFA, higher levels of DHA, fat soluble vitamins and
antioxidants when compared to ghee made with cream. It does wonders for raising immunity
and increasing body’s resistance to infections. Additionally, bilona ghee helps regulate
cholesterol and aids in controlling sugar spikes.
As is evident, ghee made the traditional way has a healing effect on one’s body in ways that
exceeds modern medicine. It is a time-tested remedy for the various stresses of the body as
testified by the Ancient Ayurvedic system and has historically occupied a position of
auspiciousness in Indian culture and heritage. So, when you choose our Ghee, you can be rest
assured that it preserved all it’s natural goodness and is lovingly prepared, giving this sacred
product the respect it duly deserves.