Ghee – The Punjabi staple.
A Punjabi home may be out of eggs, bread, and milk, but never will it be out of ghee, ginger, or cilantro. It’s a staple in every meal and every dish. That said, most people opt for the slightly healthier options of butter or vegetable oil, but ghee will always hold a special place in every Punjabi’s heart. Bet you never thought someone would tell you that butter was the healthier option, but alas, wonders never cease.
The one thing I will say is, there’s a new found obsession with ghee and the inane basic bitch things you can put it in. Traditional Indian chai and coffee do NOT have clarified butter in it. I know, some influencer told you they did and so you believed it. Just like you don’t put shortening, butter, or oil in your coffee in America. We don’t put butter fat in ours.
It’s easy to make and lasts forever when properly stored. Wondering what other ingredients are used in traditional Punjabi cuisine? Check out our list here.