Broths are savoury liquids that are typically used as a base for soups, gravies and sauces. Winter is the perfect time for experimenting with broths – they’re the perfect winter warmer food. Below are just a few different ideas for broth that could be worth trying.
Chicken bone broth
Chicken broth can make a tasty soup on its own. Alternatively, you can use it as a base for casserole, create a pasta sauce or even use it to flavor a paella.
There are lots of ways to prepare a chicken broth. Most recipes are made using chicken chunks, onions, celery and thyme. For a nutrient-dense broth, check out this guide on how to make chicken bone broth – the addition of the bone helps to add lots of minerals and vitamins.
Borscht is a uniquely sour broth common throughout Eastern Europe that uses beetroots, giving it a distinct red color. Most versions include beef, but you can also create your own vegetarian version using potatoes or soya beans.
A borscht broth is typically used to create borscht soup, however you can also make your own tasty sauce to drizzle over beef or have in a beef pie.
If you love seafood dishes, why not try preparing a seafood broth? A seafood broth is typically prepared by slow-cooking shrimp, squid or sea bass with ingredients like onion, garlic, celery and tomatoes. You can add the shells to the broth to add even more taste. Chilli can also be mixed in if you want to add some heat.
By adding cream to seafood broth, you can create a hearty creamy seafood soup. Alternatively, you can use it as a sauce for a seafood pasta dish or use it to flavor a homemade fish pie.
Asian vegetable broth
When it comes to flavouring many East Asian dishes, it can be worth learning how to perfect your own Asian vegetable broth. There are so many different ingredients you can add to such a broth but a few typical ingredients include mushrooms, carrots, spring onions, ginger, garlic, cabbage, bean curd and kelp.
This broth can be used as the base for a tasty noodle soup. You can also use it to flavor stir fries or mix it in with rice dishes – it will give any dish that authentic oriental taste that you’re looking for.
Haleem is an Indian broth. There are many different ways to prepare it, however it usually includes meat, lentils and a grain such as whole wheat or barley. Due to the presence of whole grains and lentils, haleem is usually very nutrient-dense, making a very healthy broth option. This haleem recipe could be worth following if you fancy preparing it.
Haleem can be served on its own as a tasty soup/savory porridge. You can also use it as a base for a hearty curry. Add as many spices as you want to it – it can be served mild or hot.