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 Post subject: Vegan substitute for ghee in Indian breads?
PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:26 pm 
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I am going to make some vegan chapatis and parathas. What is the best sub for ghee? I have EarthBalance, plus peanut, coconut, grapeseed, walnut, almond, canola and EVOO. I may have some vegan shortening somewhere in the house too.

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan substitute for ghee in Indian breads?
PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:48 pm 
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All ghee is is clarified butter, so I would imagine you could clarify earth balance. I've never made it, but I think you just put a whole bunch of butter in a small sauce pan, melt it, then scrape off the thick stuff on the top which leaves behind the clarified butter.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 2:31 pm 
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Wrong I am. Edit.

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan substitute for ghee in Indian breads?
PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 2:36 pm 
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There is vegan ghee called Dalda. It tastes like any normal veg shortening.

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan substitute for ghee in Indian breads?
PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 6:34 pm 
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I think ghee has a higher smoke point than butter, so you probably don't want to go with the EVOO. I usually sub canola or EB, but I'm sure peanut oil or coconut oil would also be great. You may have to experiment and find out what you like best. Good luck kaenhu and report back on what you end up using and how it works!

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 2:15 am 
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ImageVegetable ghee exists by EFCLiz, on Flickr

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan substitute for ghee in Indian breads?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 2:34 am 
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Efcliz wrote:


I see these at my local Jamaica stores all the time. Check there.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 2:56 am 
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I like to use canola oil.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 12:53 pm 
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For curries I've always seen vegetable or canola oil. I don't know about bread, though...

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 2:02 pm 
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Use canola oil. As long as I can remember, my grandmothers have used it instead of ghee.

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan substitute for ghee in Indian breads?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 1:31 pm 
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Thanks everyone. I ended up using coconut oil because I ended up with a lot of it and rarely use it. The chapatis turned out great. I am going to make some more tonight. I am eating them now with my veggie curry.

I'll experiment and use canola oil and next time I am at the Indian grocery store I'll get the vegan ghee. I have lots of recipes that use ghee.

Thanks again!


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