Here is my homemade vegatarian thupka. The best part, tried my hand at making the broth at home too !!!
It is that time of the month when i go on a virtual tour of recipes across different states of India. This month, us bloggers from Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge went on a food travel to Sikkim.
My partner for this month is, Poonam who blogs at Annapurna. Such a lovely name an apt name isnt it?? Annapurna, the goddess of food and nourishment… a peek into Poonam’s blog would give you an array of recipes from soups to salads, healthy kids recipes to festive recipes and one of my favourites are the recipes under A to Z challenge. Do have a look at her blog and enjoy the variety of recipes presented.
Since we were on a virtual tour to Sikkim, Poonam gave me Garlic and vegetable broth ( tricky isnt it?) and I gave her black pepper and ginger to create something tasty. I prepared Vegetarian thupka (with homemade broth) and Poonam made some lovely Whole wheat vegetable Momos .
To begin with lets take a quick look at the beautiful state of Sikkim shall we?? A state situated in the Northeastern part of India, Sikkim, is one of the least populated states in India. Did you know the Sikkim accounts for the largest production of Cardamom in India. This beautiful and vibrant state is also home to Mt. Khangchendzonga, the third highest peak of the world.
Now coming back to food, hmm Vegetarian Thupka, sounds simple isnt it. I decided to make the most important and integral part of this recipe at home – a homemade vegetable broth. What was i thinking?? To create a subtle flavour out of vegetables and spices in my own kitchen. Well i did make it and oh it is so much better than ready made broth or instant cubes.
Making broth for the Vegetarian Thupka
A vegetable broth could have any number of vegetables and spices. For this recipe i used carrots, onions, garlic, celery, ginger and green onions . I also used pepper, aniseeds, bayleaf and some lemon juice (optional).
To make this broth, we boil about 8 cups of water with all alittle oil, vegetables and spices with some salt. Once everything comes to a boil,reduce the heat and let it simmer with lid closed for atleast an hour. Drain the veggies to get a beautiful and clear broth.
You could just add some cooked noodles to this broth and be done or one could add some veggies
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