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What Is Bilona Ghee And Its Benefits

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What Is Bilona Ghee And Its Benefits

For centuries, ghee has been produced and consumed in India. However while the traditional method of making this aromatic elixir was slow and elaborate, requiring great manual time and effort, the modern method is quick and mechanized. But the nutritional value of ghee is largely lost in the modern process.

So, what is the traditional method and why are people going back to it? Here you will find out more about the traditional method or the Bilona method of making ghee and why is it superior to your regular processed ghee.

 

The Bilona Method of Ghee making

Bilona method owes its name to the wooden beater i.e., “Bilona” which has been used since ancient times for churning out butter from the curd. You may be having a smaller version at your home or may have seen your grandma using one to make mango shake and lassi. Nowadays we have the facility of a food processer or a mixie. Yes, the mixie makes the lassi faster than your grandma, but wasn’t grandma’s version tastier, having more fibre and nourishment? Similar is the case with ghee too. The old method gives the real desi ghee (according to Ayurveda), which is much superior to normal processed ghee in taste, aroma and nutrition. All Shahji Desi ghee is produced using the Vedic bilona method.

 

The Bilona process has 4 stages:

Stage 1 : First milk is collected from cows or buffaloes and the milk is boiled. This is done because milk was fresh and raw, and may be having impurities. Then this milk is allowed to cool till it has just enough warmth for making curd.

Stage 2 : When milk is cooled down to curd making temperature, the whole of it including the malai (that is creamy layer) is poured into earthen pots. To convert the

milk into curd, a spoonful of curd or curd starter called jamawan is added to it. Overnight the milk turns into curd.

Stage 3 : Now comes the actual Bilona Stage. The curd formed in earthen pots is poured in a bigger earthen or wooden pot in which we have the wooden Bilona with rope wrapped around it and the free ends are hand held to make the bilona turn back and forth in order to churn the curd clock-wise and anti-clockwise so as to make butter. The Bilona goes on churning out butter from the curd, which is scooped out leaving the buttermilk or whey.

Stage 4 :  In the last stage, butter is transferred into another pot and heated to make Ghee. Since Vedic ages wood was used to make fire for slowly heating up the butter to make the milk solids separate from ghee. The Bilona ghee method essentially requires heating on low flame and the clarification process is long. In the end, the milk solids turn reddish brown and settle at the bottom. Clear desi ghee is afloat above.

Noteworthy is the fact that more cow milk than buffalo milk is taken up to make same amount of ghee. Also, the amount required in the commercial method is almost half to make - say a litre of Ghee in the traditional method. Despite the cost and manual effort involved in Bilona method, the nutrition is preserved and the same is lost in the commercial method. The commercial or industrial method makes ghee mostly either by cream of milk (Malai) or through butter from motor churned raw milk of grain or grass-fed jersey cows or buffaloes. This is because demand for ghee is constantly increasing.  Desi cow breeds like Gir and Sahiwal don’t give as much milk as do hybrid cows as buffaloes.

Why is ghee market growing?

Approximately 30% of milk produced in India goes in the production of Ghee as per a Research report of 2015. The market value of ghee in India was Rs. 2374 billion in 2020. Globally, the ghee volume was almost 6.1 million tonnes in 2020.

Increasing awareness about benefits of ghee regarding immunity from diseases is propelling its demand in India as well as globally. Additionally, increasing population, growing food industry is contributing to ghee’s demand. At the global level, cow’s ghee dominates the ghee market because it is considered Ayurvedically most effective.

Why does Price of Desi Ghee vary so much and why is Bilona Ghee priced so high?

Table 1

Lowest Price possible of Bilona Ghee

Animal

Fat Content(%)

Milk produced per day (litres)

Milk needed per litre of ghee (litres)

Cost of milk (Rs/ltr)

Ghee cost per ltr (Rs./ltr)

Desi cow (A2) (Gir/Sahiwal)

4%

3-10

25-35

80-100

2000 ([email protected])

Desi Cow (A2)

(Local breeds like vechur, ongole)

4%

3

25-35

60-100

1500 ([email protected])

Buffalo

8%

8-16

12.5

60-150

750 ([email protected])

Hybrid cow or Jersey (A1)

4%

6-12

25-35

30-45

750 ([email protected])

 

As you can see Bilona Ghee least cost for the producer works out to be Rs.750 per litre and that too when we assume the lowest cost of milk. This is more than your regular industrially produced ghee. You can assess for yourself how the big brands manufacture their ghee.

Market price of ghee varies from around Rs. 400-2500 per litre. If you compare 500ml ghee price for brands like Patanjali and Amul, their Ghee is priced around Rs.260-300. Another top player is Nestle, but Nestle ghee online is priced around Rs. 435 per litre which is the smallest pack available. Then you must be wondering why online price of bilona ghee is so much!

Cost and hence Market Price of ghee depends upon roughly three things:

 1.The type of animal, because of the variation in fat content, milk produced and cost of milk.

There is difference among the normal hybrid cow or buffalo ghee from A2 ghee price of Desi Cow and Gir cow. It will be clear from the table that due to more time and effort needed in collecting milk for ghee in case of A2 cows, price of their ghee is more from A1 cows as well as buffaloes. Most brands like Amul don’t prefer Indian cow breeds as they are not that productive. Moreover the ghee available in packets may be either mixture of hybrid cow and buffalo, or it may even be adulterated. A1 cow ghee is generally priced between Rs. 500-800 and A2 cow ghee is between Rs. 900-4000 per litre.. Buffalo ghee is around Rs. 400/ltr. If it is adulterated it may even be priced around Rs. 250/ltr.

  1. Cost of feed to the producer – Once the type of animal is selected, price depends on cost of feed, that is whether charitable goshalas are feeding the animal or farmer himself has arranged the feed (grain or grass fed or even left for free grazing on grass). If farmer makes effort, cost of ghee to him is more.

 

  1. Process of ghee production from raw milk cream by machines or from raw milk butter by machines or by bilona. Needless to say, Bilona is manual churning, so more labour and more cost. Desi cow ghee from raw milk cream or butter using machines is priced around Rs. 1000/ltr to 1500/ltr. For bilona process, desi cow ghee price is bound to be more like our A2 ghee at around Rs. 1699/ltr. Even for buffalo or Jersey cow market price of bilona ghee, due to the labour cost and effort, is around Rs. 900-1200 per litre.

 

Back to Bilona?

Bilona churning is a 3000 year old technique mentioned in our Vedas and Epics. As the world is struck by the Covid pandemic and fungal infections, People are moving towards indigenous techiniques and medicines and food. Awareness is increasing regarding the advantages of Bilona Ghee over normal ghee.

 

Bilona ghee for better health (Benefits)

 

  1. More anti-oxidants and vitamins-The nutrition contained in Bilona Ghee is more as compared to commercialy produced ghee. It contains better amount of vitamins Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin D and Vitamin K. Vitamins A and Vitamin E are antioxidants together with Butyric acid which is also there in Ghee.
  2. Contains more essential fatty acids - Bilona variety of Ghee preserves essential Omega-3 (DHA), Omega-6 (CLA), Omega-9 and Butyric fatty acids in better amount than available in processed ghee.
  3. Anti-cancer properties - Antioxidants like Vitamins A, E and Butyric acid which fight free radicals and help against cancer being more in Bilona ghee as compared to normal ghee.
  4. Better cognitive skills and growth - DHA or Docosahexaenoic acid is vital for memory and developing understanding skills in children. So bilona ghee, especially cow bilona ghee is recommended for growing kids.
  5. Keeps heart healthy – Grass-fed cow Bilona ghee like Shahji’s Premium cow ghee has more CLA or conjugated Linoleic Acid and it reduces bad cholesterol level and increases good cholesterol. Vitamin K2 reduces chances of any blockages which might be caused due to calcium deposits in arteries. Therefore, consume pure desi bilona ghee for a healthy heart.
  6. Better against inflammation – Bilona ghee has more Butyric acid which acts against gut inflammation. The Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids which are there in more quantity in bilona ghee, reduce swelling.
  7. Hormonal balance – Bilona Ghee being nutrient-rich, is recommended for balancing hormones. Bilona ghee effectively helps in targeting thyroid problems as also menstrual issues in women.
  8. Better digestive health - Butyric Acid, which Ghee has, is vital for digestive health, colon and intestine. Bilona ghee having more of this short chain fatty acid effectively curbs intestinal diseases and helps to prevent colon cancer. Ghee made from Malai is digested with difficulty and so isn’t good for little ones. If you indulge in Desi ghee online shopping, check out our preservative-free, trans-fat free Shahji bilona ghee products which are easy on the stomach.
  9. Recommended in weight loss diet – The DHA and CLA in bilona ghee help to lose weight because they increase metabolism, thus helping burn unwanted fat.
  10. Healing property – Bilona ghee is an ayurvedic healer of skin problems like swelling, cuts, wounds, dryness of skin and sunburns. It is also good for frizzy hair issues.
  11. Detoxifies body – Bilona Ghee balances vata, pitta and kapha in our body and removes body toxins because Butyrate in it helps the stomach lining.
  12. Can be taken by lactose intolerant – Since milk solids have been removed, bilona ghee, especially cow ghee can be consumed by those who have lactose allergy. See A2 ghee price on Shahjighee.com
  13. Improves eyesight - Vitamin A is in greater amount in bilona ghee. Ghee from Gir cows is especially known for its benefits to eyes. Check out the Gir cow ghee price on shahjighee.com.
  14. For Physical activities -Buffalo bilona ghee is especially good for people who are into intense physical activity and those who want to gain weight. See the Online ghee price for our product Shahji Premium Desi Ghee (Noni).
  15. Tastier and more fragrant - The Bilona ghee variety preserves all the original ghee taste and aroma. it is traditionally made and butter is cooked on low heat. The clarification process is long and slow and this is why when you smear your rotis with bilona ghee, the taste and smell is heavenly and hunger simply grows!
  16. Non-toxic ghee-Ayurveda always recommends cooking on low flame because high heat destroys nutrition and makes things toxic. Bilona ghee is made on low flame and hence the quality of ghee is preserved and it remains non-toxic.
  17. Very beneficial A2 properties - A1 and A2 are beta-casein proteins found in milk. A2 is more in desi cow milk and the bilona ghee made from desi cows is very beneficial for its anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties. A2 ghee is helpful against allergic rhinitis, sneezing fits and runny nose. See our A2 ghee price on shahjighee.com
  18. Bilona ghee for teeth and bones– The Vitamin A is vital for bones, while Vitamin D is crucial for absorption of calcium and phosphorus. Vitamin D aids in bone and teeth development too. Similarly, Vitamin K present more in bilona Ghee also helps in absorption of calcium and is good for bone and teeth. Knee massages using bilona ghee help knee-joints.
  19. Higher smoke point – Bilona ghee has a high smoke point and like other oils doesn’t break releasing free radicals at higher temperatures. So, it is good for frying, sautéing etc.
    1. Bilona ghee for immunity – This ghee is especially good in these times of corona, back fungus and the horde of other diseases which have struck our species because of the great amount of nutrition it contains. Its Ayurvedic properties help in combating the diseases and maintaining bodily immunity.

    Conclusion

    In this fast-paced era, people hardly have time to make bilona ghee at home. Many people do make ghee from malai but that is not as beneficial as the hand-churned bilona ghee which Lord Krishna’s mother used to make for Him. It may be tastier than your average machine-generated ghee from raw milk, but if you want to enjoy that rich nutty, creamy taste of true Desi Ghee, you must try out our bilona ghee once.

 

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