Fats, also known as lipids, are natural constituents of many types of food. They can be either liquid or solid at room temperature. Oils are liquid at room temperature and are extracted by pressing, extraction and refining. Animal fats are solid at room temperature and are obtained by slowly melting the fat of meat. Butter, a fat obtained from animal milk, is an emulsion produced by churning cream.
Dairy products hold a special place in Hinduism, both as a ritual offering and as part of the daily diet. Ghee in particular, prepared with churned yoghurt, is held in high regard, both for its taste and for its nourishing properties.