Bilona vs. Cream Ghee
"What is the difference between Bilona and Regular ghee?"
"Why is Bilona priced almost double of regular ghee?"
"I have 2 small kids, what do you recommend for our family?"
These are the most frequent questions I face from my customers when we participate in organic markets.
Before I get down to the difference between the 2 kinds of ghee, I take their permission to tell them what’s common between Meri Gaiya Bilona and Meri Gaiya Regular Cream Ghee.
Both of them are hand-made from the A2 milk of pampered desi cows.
And when we say pampered, we really mean it - no hormones, no antibiotics, no cruelty. We use only the milk left over after the calves have fed themselves. And the cows have ample space to roam around and socialise, run around or indulge in a round of friendly head butting.
The milk comes from our own small dairy in Shamli with 60 cows.
We also grow our own fodder and herbs to feed these cows to keep them fit and happy.
Now coming to the differences.
The differences are at 2 levels - the making process and the health benefits.
The making process
The making of regular cream ghee is quite simple. Churn the collected cream a little bit and boil it. Voila, your regular cream ghee is ready.
The making of Bilona ghee on the other hand is a 4 stage process. First the milk is simmered for 4 hours in an earthen pot over a wood flame. Then it is set to curd. The curd is now churned with the vedic bidirectional churning method (Bilona) to make white butter. This white butter is then boiled to make the Bilona Ghee.
The Bilona method requires more milk, more effort and more time. All this adds to the cost.
The health benefits
A2 ghee is considered among the top 2 cooking mediums by nutritionists these days (sharing the top spot is also virgin coconut oil). This is because of 2 components it has - DHA and MUFA.
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an omega-3 fatty acid. It is the building block of brain cells, retina and skin.
Monounsaturated fatty acid (MUFA) lowers your Lower Density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels and maintains your high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol level. It is also great for the functioning of the heart and blood vessels. And if you have type 2 diabetes, it can control your insulin and blood sugar levels.
The good news is that both Cream Ghee as well as Bilona Ghee have DHA and MUFA in ample quantity. The better news is that Bilona Ghee has more of it than the Cream Ghee.
So who should consume Bilona?
Since it has higher quantities of DHA which is the building block of brain and retina, Bilona is essential for children below 10 years of age.
And since it has higher quantities of MUFA, it can help people over 60 years to lead a fitter, more active life.
But I have seen that many of our customers buy both. They buy the 330ml dining table pack of bilona to apply on hot roties or to top up daal, khichdi or biryani. And they buy the regular Cream Ghee in the 1 litre Kitchen Pack for regular cooking.