We have all grown up listening to stories about a little baby Krishna stealing butter from Yashoda's dairy. These stories have always been charming, and full of the image of natkhat Gopal we all love.
There's no denying that Lord Krishna is butter's number one fan, and all the rest of us foodies who love this dairy product can barely match his appetite for it! But we do have this everlasting love for butter in common, and that's something we should celebrate every day.
We Indians love white butter on top of our paranthas. Picture courtesy: Instagram/atishay.indian
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The one thing that's changed is that unlike our dear maakhan-chor, we now depend on shop-bought butter, especially white butter. It's one product that's used every day, and can actually be made at home very easily.
Don't you just love the old stories about Lord Krishna stealing butter from Yashoda's dairy? Picture courtesy: Instagram/homemade.flavours
The technique itself is age-old and well-known across the globe. Would you believe it if we say that people in the West churned white butter the very same way that Yashoda did? It is quite true. In fact, the same principles, but modern gadgets, can be used to make white butter today.
All you need is heavy cream, a whisk (manual or in a food processor), and a few other things easily available at home. Here's the recipe.
Butter churning techniques are the same all over the world, and they can be learnt very easily. Picture courtesy: Instagram/bands.n.trashh
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup ice cubes
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1. Take the cream in a large bowl, and start whisking it. Keep whisking till the cream starts curdling.
2. Add some water and ice cubes, and continue mixing till the solid and liquid parts separate. The solid part is the white butter, the liquid is buttermilk.
3. Use a large sieve to get rid of the liquid part. You can also use a muslin cloth to make sure that not a single drop of buttermilk remains.
4. Transfer the pure white butter in a container. Refrigerate to store for at least a week.
Try out this easy recipe, and you'll have enough white butter to go with your favourite dishes. Picture courtesy: Instagram/harphanmaula
Yes, making white butter really is that easy. And think about all the dishes you can put it on, from paranthas to dal makhani and chicken curry!
Forget all about cholesterol and the side-effects of rich food. Because Janmashtami is here, and it's the perfect time to celebrate with pots full of white butter.