Easy Ways to Swap Butter with Nutritious Indian Ghee

Ghee has made its comeback into the Indian grocery in the past few years, and what a magnificent comeback it has been. After being known as weight-gaining and unhealthy for many years, ghee is now trending as a new superfood. The truth is, it keeps your stomach healthy, it’s a good source of good dietary fats, and it works like a magic for your skin too. The appropriate doses of ghee are in fact being recommended by nutritionists across the universe.

But, what’s wrong with Butter?

Is Ghee really better than the butter if are comparing them nutrition wise? And what about the taste and usage?

The butter or makkhan is taken right out of the manual churning of curd or malai. The churning process makes sure that all the water is separated and the result is delicious and light white butter. The residue water is Chhas or Buttermilk which is also preferred in Indian grocery and kitchen. Today, the butter we get in the market is either an emulsion of milk fat with milk proteins and its processes with added salt.

If you are thinking of swapping good old Indian Ghee with Butter, here is a little guide for you to start with:

Before you actually swap, remember to swap with a 1:1 ratio.

Here are 3 ways to swap Ghee with Butter


For baking all those pumpkin pies and loaves of bread, it’s unbelievably easy to make the switch to ghee (try using this vanilla tasteful option, too). After all, this can be simply a refined, processed version of what you’ve already been using. Once making the swap, use a basic 1:1 ratio. As an example, if the formula calls for three tablespoons of butter, use three tablespoons of ghee instead. For dough recipes, add an additional tablespoon of flour to help counteract the additional moisture ghee can create.

Stovetop preparation

From mac and cheese to mashed potatoes, many Thanksgiving dishes involve butter to add savoury taste and texture. Like baking, make the switch using a similar 1:1 ratio as a suggestion.


That same high smoke point also makes ghee nice for shallow frying. Simply add the correct quantity to the pan and heat, then fry—try brussels sprouts to make them further crispy, shallots for a savoury topper, or perhaps the turkey drumsticks for a unique take on deep-fried chicken.

We will be posting many other ways you can adapt to Indian grocery items in your diet. So, keep reading and stay healthy.