Best Desi Cow Ghee: Top 5 in India

Cow Ghee is a super food. Consuming 1-2 teaspoons of ghee everyday, can give you long-term health benefits.

Since health is wealth, spending a part of your wealth on pure cow ghee, can make sure you live long and more importantly – live healthy.

It’s time to replace all those various oils with ghee in your diet.

Let’s get straight to the point:

Benefits of A2 Desi Cow Ghee

Benefits of orally consuming ghee

  1. Improves Digestion.
  2. Increases bone density.
  3. Immense health benefits for pregnant women.
  4. Excellent source of energy and nutrition for kids over 1 year of age.
  5. Strengthens immune system.
  6. Can help in weight loss and also in weight gain.
  7. Reduces calcification of arteries.
  8. Ayurveda has used aged cow ghee to treat serious mental issues like Schizophrenia.
  9. Many other health benefits.

Benefits of ghee when applied externally

  • Reduces stomach pain and other digestive issues when applied on the navel.
  • A drop or two of ghee in the nose, can cure several ENT (Ear Nose Throat) issues.
  • Can moisturize and improve texture of the hair.
  • Reduces dark circles and improves quality of skin.
  • Can reduces dry skin.
  • Has healing properties. In olden times, ghee was used immediately after ear-piercing of a baby, to reduce pain, burning sensation and heal the wound.

However, there is a problem.

The ghee which is available in local stores, is not produced from milk of cows of Indian origin.

Some commercially available ghee mentions ‘cow ghee’ but does not mention the breed of cow used to make the ghee.

Others do not even mention the source of milk which has been used. Since ghee can be made out of milk from buffalo, goat, sheep etc, there is no way for us to know the exact source. It could be a mixture of all kinds of milk, which is used to the make the ghee – and this is not considered to be healthy at all.

Next, the process of making the ghee is also important.

Bilona Method

A2 Desi Cow Ghee using Bilona Method

In olden times (ask your grandmother), ghee was prepared by following the ‘Bilona Method’

Here is how to prepare ghee using the Bilona method:

  • Milk is boiled over firewood.
  • Curd is made out of raw, unprocessed, whole milk from a desi cow.
  • An earthen pot is used to hand-churn the milk and separate the makhan (butter). Some follow this procedure at 4AM in the morning.
  • The makhan is then heated on slow fame to make ghee.

Make Ghee At Home

If you can source A2 Cow Milk at a local store and prepare ghee at home, it’ll be the best way to make ghee.

However, it would take 30-35 litres of milk to make 1 litre of ghee. And quite a bit of time and effort as well.

If you do not have the time and want to buy the best quality ghee in India, then there are some bands that sell vedic ghee, prepared by using the best of ayurvedic practices that have been used for several generations in India.

Note: None of the below companies have sponsored or even contacted us for this article. It’s from my own personal experience.

Ranked in the order of quality along with importance given to value for money.

Best A2 Desi Cow Ghee

1. Vedic Ghee Kesariya Farm Gir Cow

Positives:

  • A2 Desi Cow Ghee from Grass-fed Gir cow milk.
  • Bilona Method. Butter hand-churned from curd in earthen pot.
  • Free from pesticides and chemicals.
  • The cows have been left to graze freely on grass. They haven’t been administered any hormones or vaccines.
  • Every batch of Ghee tested in independent labs.
  • The manufacturing or preparation date of the ghee is usually not more than 2 weeks before the date its delivered home. So, it’s usually fresh stock. Ordered it thrice, got fresh stock each time.
  • Organic.
  • Cheaper than other similar ghee brands, hence more value for money.

Negatives:

  • 3 times more costlier than commercial available ghee from Amul, Patanjali, Nandini etc.
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2. GirOrganic Gir Cow Ghee

It has all the positives of the above product, except the price is slightly more expensive. The packaging of this product is better and the aroma of the ghee is equally good.

The company ‘GirOrganic’ has more than 350 Gir cows on their large 400 acre land. The land is ‘organic’ certified.

The ghee is prepared using the Bilona method. Earthen pot is used to make the ghee and the fuel for the flame is cow dung cake.

Extra care is taken to ensure that the best of ayurvedic practices are followed to make the ghee.

The 500 ml (half litre) bottle costs ₹ 1,199 and the 1 litre bottle costs ₹ 1,999.

If you want very small quantity to try out first. There is also a 250 ml bottle costing ₹ 649.

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3. Gavyamart ‘Kankrej’ Cow Ghee

If you are looking for a cheaper option, the Gavyamart 100% pure ghee is an excellent option.

Do not here, that the breed of cow is ‘Kankrej’. All other ghee brands on this page source milk from ‘Gir’ cows.

Gir cows are brownish red in colour, whereas Kankrej cows are black and white. According to Aryuveda, ghee from Kankrej cows are also used to treat people with cold, sinus and even breathing issues.

Ghee from Gir, Red Sindhi, Rathi, Sahiwal cows are used for all purposed. Out of these, Gir (also called Gyr) is considered to be the absolute best.

However, not everyone can afford the best available ghee and this cheaper alternative is an excellent option for those who want to replace various oils with healthier alternative like ghee.

Note: They do not follow the Bilona method.

The same brand also has ghee using the Bilona method, but it’s much more expensive. A 1-litre bottle costs ₹ 1,599 which is still cheaper than other ghee on this list.

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4. Vanalaya Organic Gir Cow Ghee

Valanlaya follows all the best practices in the preparation of ghee – with one extra step.

A share of the profit they make from the ghee is donated to Gaushala’s and farmers who are protecting old cows who no longer produce milk.

Many of these Gaushalas take care of the cows so that they are not given to slaughter houses.

If you care about cows and want a part of your money to also go into a good cause, you can look at Vanalaya Ghee.

The social cause aside, the ghee is top quality too – like all other brands in this list.

400 ml of this ghee costs ₹ 799 and 800 ml costs ₹ 1,500.

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5. AmorEarth Two Brothers Gir Cow Ghee

AmorEarth is very expensive, costing you nearly 9-10 times more than commercially available ghee in the market.

What makes AmorEarth Ghee special is the extra care that is taken. The Gir cows are allowed to graze freely, they get enough exercise (5 hours everyday) and sunshine which allows them to lead a healthy life.

  • The cows are milked by hand.
  • The milk is boiled over firewood.
  • It’s then cultured into curd.
  • Then there is the process of churning curd by hand, between 4AM to 7AM in the morning.

The extra care comes at a cost. A 500 ml pack costs ₹ 1,750 rupees.

Is it value for money? Well, that’s for you to decide.

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