Food & Health

The Cow Ghee Conundrum


For the past few years the most feared item on the Indian menu for the weight watchers, Ghee, has made a huge comeback. The comeback has been with a rider that one should only eat A2 cow ghee. I was not aware of any dairy farm in India where the original “desi” cows were not injected with growth hormones to increase milk production. But because I didn’t want to be left behind in this “ghee” race, for some time, I tried buying Amul Cow Ghee and Patanjali Cow Ghee but neither had the taste nor colour that I associated with cow ghee … a sort of pale yellow. Amul cow ghee was better though. Then I started making ghee at home using Mother Dairy’s full cream milk. While I could do nothing about the growth hormones in the milk, atleast I was sure that the ghee was just that without any adulterants !

Just to try what A2 Cow Ghee might be like, I ordered a 250 ml bottle of Shri Radhey brand’s cow ghee just before we went to Europe for our Sept trip. Then in Munich, Germany at the Al Natura store, Anu pointed out this Ayurveda Ghee and I immediately bought a bottle of it.

On the left is the Ghee that I bought in Germany at the Al Natura store and on the right is the brand Shri Radhey who supposedly sell on A2 Cow Ghee

The inside view – on top is the Ayurveda Ghee bought in Germany and the one below is the Shri Radhey brand’s A2 Cow Ghee.

Just see the difference ! While the Shri Radhey brand’s A2 cow ghee is nearly white, the Ayurveda Ghee being sold at the Al Natura stores in Germany looks more real. It tasted great as well. I wasn’t sure if the Shri Radhey brand’s A2 cow ghee was even all ghee or some “vanaspati” was mixed into it. We really need certification for organic and A2 etc because otherwise everyone is suddenly coming out with their versions of expensive A2 cow Ghee and we have no way of confirming if its pure.

Ever since Feb 15th, we have switched to Amul’s cow milk at home because I realised that full cream milk doesn’t work for diabetics. We are trying to ensure that Krishnan is off the dreaded “Metformin” and onto a Ayurvedic medicine plus dietary changes to manage his sugar levels. We then tried making ghee after setting the cow milk as curds and churning the butter from the cream. The following picture shows that Amul’s Cow Milk is truly cow milk and not buffalo or goat milk mixed in. I have tried Mother Dairy’s cow milk, but its whiter and nearly as thick as their full cream milk, so something is definitely not right. Am sure there is no adulteration in that milk, but its not pure cow milk.

Amul Cow milk being made into curds, butter churned from the cream and made into Ghee… see the colour !

For anyone trying to get truly organic A2 cow ghee, please buy from Amorearth, Two Brothers farm. The Ghee is expensive but they are certified organic and I bought Ghee from them … it tastes totally different and the aroma is mind-blowing. The health benefits of Ghee are undisputed, but its important to get the right ghee. Hopefully this post helps with that.

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