Vegetable Broth

Broth is a savory liquid made of water which is simmered with bones, meat and vegetables. Let’s see about the vegetable broth today.

Vegetable broth can be prepared quick and easy at home. It doesn’t take much time. Most of us don’t prepare them because it is available easily in shops.

When I started to make it at home, I came to know it is very easy to make and it is healthy too!! We can avoid preservatives used. It can stored in refrigerator for 4 to 5 days in an airtight container.

The main aim behind this recipe is to bring good flavor to the liquid by adding vegetables and the spices which are good at it.

Vegetables like onions, carrot, celery, mushrooms can be used. Garlic, pepper, thyme, mint leaves, parsley, coriander leaves which will add flavor to the liquid can be used too. Frozen vegetables can also be used.

Avoid vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts etc.., which will give slightly bad flavor to the broth.

Vegetable broth can be consumed alone but it is most commonly used in soups, pasta, gravies, sauces etc…,

INGREDIENTS

To make 6 cups of vegetable broth ( 200 ml. each)

  • Onion- 1 big
  • Carrots- 2
  • Mushroom- 3 big
  • Bay leaf- 1 or 2
  • Mint leaves- 3
  • Garlic- 2 cloves
  • Parsley or Coriander leaves- little
  • Thyme- 1/2 tsp
  • Pepper powder- 1/4th tsp ( or 2 to 3 peppercorns can be used too)
  • Water- 8 cups ( 200 ml. each)
  • Salt- as needed.

PROCEDURE

Clean all the vegetables well before using and slice them.

Heat olive oil in a pot and add the chopped onions, carrots, mushrooms, garlic. Cook in medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes by stirring often. Then add 8 cups ( 200 ml. each) of water.
Bring it to boil and keep it in low flame. Cook for 40 to 45 minutes in low flame by covering partially. Then strain it into a large clean bowl or pot. Discard the solids.
Once the broth gets cooled, transfer it into an airtight container and store it in refrigerator.

TIPS

  • This broth can be used to boil rice to make flavored rice.
  • You can select your own vegetables which will give flavor to the broth.