Why It's Time to Start Cooking With Ghee (It's Loaded With Health Benefits)

Move aside, bone broth and activated charcoal—there's another superfood that's been piquing the interest of health gurus lately. It's called ghee, and while it's old news to those familiar with Southeast Asian cultures and Ayurvedic medicine, the clarified butter has been trickling down to the mainstream thanks to its keto- and Paleo-friendly lactose-free properties.

Ghee is made by melting down butter and skimming away the milk solids and water. What's left is a pure butterfat oil that's easier to digest for people with lactose intolerance. The healthy fat is thought to promote good digestion, and contains fat-soluble vitamins A, E, and K. It's even used as part of a traditional detox in Ayurvedic medicine. Ghee is often found in Indian and other Southeast Asain dishes, but you can use it to replace butter or oil in most recipes.

Make a batch yourself or pick up a jar at the market—it's time to test out the buzzy ingredient in these eight ghee recipes.