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What Is Bilona Ghee And Its Benefits? - Shahjighee

What Is Bilona Ghee and Its Benefits

For centuries, bilona 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.

What is Bilona Method of Making Ghee?

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 shakes and lassi.

Nowadays we have the facility of a food processor or a mixie. Yes, the mixie makes the lassi faster than your grandma, but wasn’t grandma’s version tastier, having more fiber 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 normally processed ghee in taste, aroma, and nutrition. All Shahji Desi ghee is produced using the Vedic bilona method. 

The Bilona Ghee Process has 4 stages:

ayurvedic bilona process or method

Stage 1: Boiling A2 Milk

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: Putting Curd in milk

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: Churning of Curd

Now comes to 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 handheld 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: Separate Makkhan and buttermilk

In the last stage, butter is transferred into another pot and heated to make Ghee. Since the Vedic ages wood was used to make a fire for slowly heating up the butter to make the milk solids separate from ghee.

The Bilona ghee method essentially requires heating on a low flame and the clarification process is long. In the end, the milk solids turn reddish brown and settle at the bottom. Clear bilona ghee is afloat above.

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

Watch Video:How to make Bilona Ghee?

 

Why is Ghee Market Growing?

Approximately 30% of milk produced in India goes into the production of Ghee as per a Research report in 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 the benefits of ghee regarding immunity from diseases is propelling its demand in India as well as globally. Additionally, the increasing population and growing food industry are contributing to ghee’s demand. At the global level, cow’s ghee dominates the bilona ghee market because it is considered Ayurvedically most effective.

Why Bilona Ghee is Costly?

Bilona ghee is totally man made process in which 1 liter ghee is made from 25-30 liter of A2 cow milk and that is the reason which make bilona ghee expensive.

Lowest Price possible of Bilona Ghee

Animal

Fat Content(%)

Milk produced per day (liters)

Milk needed per liter of ghee (liters)

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 liter 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.

The market price of ghee varies from around Rs. 400-2500 per litre. If you compare the 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 liter which is the smallest pack available. Then you must be wondering why the online price of bilona ghee is so much!

Also Read - Buffalo Ghee Vs Cow Ghee - which is better?

Bilona Ghee Price depends upon 3 things:

 1. The type of animal

because of the variation in fat content, milk produced, and cost of milk. There is a difference between the normal hybrid cow or buffalo ghee from the 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 the case of A2 cows, the price of their ghee is more for 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 bilona ghee is between Rs. 900-4000 per liter. Buffalo ghee is around Rs. 400/ltr. If it is adulterated it may even be priced around Rs. 250/ltr.

2. Cost of feed to the producer

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

 3. 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 labor, and more cost. Desi cow ghee from raw milk cream or butter using machines is priced around Rs. 1000/ltr to 1500/ltr. For the bilona process, the 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 labor cost and effort, is around Rs. 900-1200 per liter.

Bilona Ghee Used in Ayurvedic Medicine

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 techniques and medicines, and food. Awareness is increasing regarding the advantages of Bilona Ghee over normal ghee.

 Also Read - A1 Ghee Vs A2 Ghee: What is the Difference?

Health Benefits of Bilona Ghee

Health Benefits of bilona ghee

1. Bilona Ghee has more anti-oxidants and vitamins

The nutrition contained in Bilona Ghee is more as compared to commercially produced ghee. It contains a 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. Bilona Ghee Contains essential fatty acids 

Bilona variety of Ghee preserves essential Omega-3 (DHA), Omega-6 (CLA), Omega-9, and Butyric fatty acids in better amounts than available in processed ghee.

3. Bilona Ghee has Anti-cancer properties

 Antioxidants like Vitamins A, E, and Butyric acid which fight free radicals and help against cancer are more in Bilona ghee as compared to normal ghee.

4. Improve Better cognitive skills and growth 

DHA or Docosahexaenoic acid is vital for memory and the development of understanding skills in children. So bilona ghee, especially cow bilona ghee is recommended for growing kids.

5. Bilona Ghee 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 levels and increases good cholesterol. Vitamin K2 reduces the 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. Bilona Ghee Keeps 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. Bilona Ghee improves 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. Bilona Ghee has 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. Bilona Ghee 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 bilona ghee taken by lactose intolerant 

Since milk solids have been removed, bilona ghee, especially cow ghee can be consumed by those who have lactose allergies. See A2 ghee price on Shahjighee.com

13. Bilona Ghee Improves eyesight 

Vitamin A is in greater amount in bilona ghee. Ghee from Gir cows is especially known for its benefits to the 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 are 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. Bilona Ghee has 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 strengthen teeth and bones

Vitamin A is vital for bones, while Vitamin D is crucial for the absorption of calcium and phosphorus. Vitamin D aids in bone and teeth development too. Similarly, Vitamin K presents more in bilona Ghee also helps in the 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.

20. Bilona ghee Improves 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 diseases and maintaining bodily immunity.

Read more - Bilona Ghee Vs Normal Ghee: Which is better?

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.

Shahji Ghee is the best A2 desi cow ghee brand in India. You can buy Pure A2 Desi Ghee directly from our farm here -
Sahiwal Cow A2 Desi Ghee
Pure A2 Desi Ghee ( Sahiwal Cow )
Gir Cow A2 Desi Ghee
Pure A2 Cow Ghee ( Gir Cow )

 




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