Definition of ghee in English:



  • [mass noun] Clarified butter made from the milk of a buffalo or cow, used in South Asian cooking.

    ‘a delicious meal cooked in ghee’
    • ‘Milk is drunk and also made into curds, ghi (clarified butter), buttermilk, and butter.’
    • ‘This was made possible through a higher sale price, revamped marketing strategy and sale of add-on items such as milk powder and ghee.’
    • ‘Cows were tethered near the wall, to provide milk, ghee and cow dung for the rituals.’
    • ‘The generous cow gives milk and cream, yogurt and cheese, butter and ice cream, ghee and buttermilk.’
    • ‘Dairy products like ghee, buttermilk and yoghurt are also used to prepare the medication.’
    • ‘The naan bread should drip with garlic butter, the chicken glisten with chopped coriander and ghee.’
    • ‘When slightly thick, add the paste of milk powder and ghee.’
    • ‘The sauce was heavy with ghee (clarified butter), which, while very greasy, also lent the curry its rich taste.’
    • ‘Rice, milk, butter and ghee along with fruits and leafy vegetables are recommended.’
    • ‘Serve this dish with ghee and chopped fresh coriander leaves.’
    • ‘There was plenty of milk and ghee (clarified butter) in the village.’
    • ‘It is ideal to stop the intake of saturated fat like butter, ghee, cheese and poultry products, and have fresh vegetables and fruits.’
    • ‘The other day I saw her leave her rice uneaten for there wasn't enough ghee in her lentil soup.’
    • ‘Roast the semolina in melted ghee for a few minutes.’
    • ‘The oil is used in soap making and by the poorer classes as a substitute cooking oil for ghee.’
    • ‘In another pan, heat the remaining ghee and add the cumin seeds.’
    • ‘After peeling off outer skin, they polish it with castor oil, cactus jelly, curd, ghee and turmeric powder to make it smooth and slippery.’
    • ‘No Gujarati would eat a meal without generous helpings of ghee (clarified butter).’
    • ‘The visitors were also shown the units that make butter, ghee, curd and ice-cream.’
    • ‘This was a mixture of cow dung, cow urine, milk, curds and ghee in specific proportions, with water added to increase volume.’


From Hindi ghī, from Sanskrit ghṛtá sprinkled.