Clarified butter is also called drawn butter and is nothing more than unsalted butter that is simmered and slowly melted until the water evaporates. The milk solids separate and fall to the bottom of the pan and a white foam forms on the top. The foam is skimmed off of the top and the clear or clarified butter is carefully poured or spooned off leaving the milky solid residue in the bottom of the pan.
Clarified butter has a higher smoke point than regular butter and can be used for cooking at higher temperatures. It is easy to make and can be purchased at many local markets. Ghee is a form of clarified butter from South Asia and is also readily available in many stores.