Calories in Ghee & Nutrition Facts in Ghee - Shahjighee

Calories in Ghee & Nutrition Facts in Ghee - Shahjighee

Calories in Ghee | Calories in Ghee Roti | Nutrition Facts in Ghee

Ghee is an old favourite among Indian families for its heavenly taste and aroma. A teaspoon of it in your dal takes the flavour to another level of deliciousness. Smearing it on your chapatis raises the aroma manifold.

Ghee has always had a dominant culinary presence in the Indian subcontinent. The ancient Hindu texts and epics like Yajurveda, Mahabharata, Charaka Samhita, and Sushruta Samhita laud the properties of desi cow ghee. No ritual is complete without the presence of ghee.

 It is also interesting to note that Buddhism likens ‘ghee’ to the Nirvana sutra (the highest stage of learning). Even in the middle eastern culture, grass-fed cow ghee is believed to be a Shifa (cure) and dawaa (medicine). Recently, desi ghee has gained prominence in the cuisines of Western countries as well. 

Ghee - How It’s Made

Calories in Ghee | Calories in Ghee Roti | Nutrition Facts in Ghee

Given below are the key steps in obtaining the golden nectar ghee from milk. The traditional process involves manual churning of curd by Bilona or whisk. The industrial procedure uses machines to churn milk.

Step 1: Milk is obtained from cattle

Step 2: Milk is boiled and cooled. This creamy milk is then curdled.

Step 3: curd is churned to get butter and whey.

Step 4: Butter is heated, melted, and cooked to get ghee and milk residues.

Step 5: Ghee is sieved off and the residue is removed.

Read here to know about How to Make Ghee at Home

At Shahjee, we have preserved the centuries-old tradition of ghee making by the bilona method. We ensure the preservation of nutrients in their purest form.  

Nutrition Facts in Ghee

Desi ghee has the goodness of antioxidants, fat-soluble vitamins, and essential fatty acids like Butyric acid, DHA, and CLA. Its consumption in small amounts daily does the body a world of good. 

Ghee intake promotes gut health and better digestion. It also enhances bone development, mental skills, and immunity. The key elements of ghee cure inflammation, free radicals, and toxicity. Its application on the skin relieves joint pain and dryness. 

Ghee is now a hot favourite in weight management and fat loss diets. It relieves stress and insomnia and is beneficial for the heart too. Moreover, as it is devoid of milk solids, people who are lactose intolerant can also include it in their diet.

The nutrients included in a tablespoon of desi ghee are evident in Table 1 below.

Nutrients in 1 tablespoon ghee calories

Amount of Desi Ghee

14 g


112 kcal


13 g

Saturated fat

8 g

Monounsaturated fat

4 g

Polyunsaturated fat

0.5 grams


184 mg


286 mg







Vitamin A

8-13% of the Daily Value

Vitamin E

2-3% of the Daily Value

Vitamin K

1% of the Daily Value


Calories in Ghee

Calories in Ghee | Calories in Ghee Roti | Nutrition Facts in Ghee

Calories in 1 Spoon of Ghee

1 teaspoon of desi ghee (4.3 g) has up to 37 kcal. One tablespoon (approx 14 g) of desi ghee contains 112 kilocalories. The overall fat content in ghee contributes nearly all of its calories. An adult consuming 1 spoon of ghee a day is fulfilling 31% of his daily calorie requirement.

Calories in 1 Roti With Ghee

Calories in Ghee | Calories in Ghee Roti | Nutrition Facts in Ghee

All across India, Rotis smeared with ghee are part of daily meals. Ghee topped roti (almost 56 g) has 256 kcal (assuming a teaspoon is applied). A majority of these calories (61%) are due to fat, 33% are due to carbohydrates, and 6% are from protein. It is advisable to put only 1 teaspoon of ghee on one chapati. 

Calories in 100 grams of Ghee

Do you know that butter contains 717 kilocalories? On the other hand, the same amount of ghee has 900 kilocalories. But while butter has 51% saturated fats, and 3 gm of trans fats, desi ghee has 60 % saturated fats and no trans fats.

Trans-fats or trans-fatty acids are exceedingly harmful. Trans fats decrease good cholesterol and raise bad cholesterol, which increases the risk of heart and blood vessel disease. Ghee is therefore much superior to your average butter. Calories obtained from desi ghee increase stamina.

Calories in Popular food items made in Ghee

Several popular food items in our cuisine use this golden liquid. The approximate calorie values in some food items are listed below (there may be some variation as per the ingredients). 


No. of calories (Kcal)

Dal Fry


Moong Dal Halwa


1 Besan Laddoo


Ghee Roast Dosa


Ghee Rice


1 Kaju Katli


2 piece jalebi


1 small bowl Kheer


1 piece Mysore Pak



How Much Ghee to Eat?

Desi ghee needs to be consumed in the melted form to intake appropriate amounts. Taking 2-3 teaspoons of it is enough if added to roti or any meal. Once in a while, more can be taken in the form of rich foods or sweets. 

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Ghee is a  calorie-rich food. It also has many benefits for our health. With moderate consumption and a balanced diet overall, you can achieve a healthy lifestyle.

In the market, adulterated products are also sold in the name of desi ghee. Watch out for any “vegetable ghee” label and know that this is not pure ghee and may have trans fats. Shahji Ghee is one of the best desi ghee in India.

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