Vietnamese Pho

September 4, 2020


For the Broth

-1 sliced onion

-1 tsp finely chopped ginger

-3 cloves

-1 stick cinnamon

-1 tbsp coriander seeds

-1 piece star anise

-1/2 red bell pepper

-1/2 yellow bell pepper

-1 small capsicum

-1 onion

-1 carrot

-1/2 cup spring onion

-1 to 2 finely chopped green chillies

-50 grams rice noodles


For the topping (everything to be finely chopped)

-1/4 cup coriander leaves

-1/4 cup mint leaves

-3 to 4 basil leaves

-2 to 3 garlic cloves

-1/2 lemon


Step 1

In a well-heated steel wok, mildly roast the spices and keep them aside. In the same kadhai roast sliced onions until caramelised and add ginger, roasted spices, water and boil it for 10 minutes.

Step 2

Add rice noodles and add vegetables on top of the noodles. Add some more water so that there's sufficient broth. Do not stir. Cover with a lid and let it cook for 3-5 minutes. 

Step 3

Switch the heat off, take off the lid, quickly stir the mixture and add salt  to taste.

Step 4

Layer in a soup bowl. The first layer of cooked noodles, the second layer of vegetables from the broth and top with all the toppings mentioned.

Health Benefits

This recipe is easily prepared and is very filling. The use of rice noodles makes it an excellent substitute to the normally used noodles (made of refined wheat flour). Vegetables used do not involve a great amount of cooking and hence the nutrient content is intact.

Recipe Created By
Ria Jain

One of iThrive’s biggest focus is to teach anyone how to harness the healing power of food. In order to do this, we have been creating innovative and delicious recipes that are filling, tasty and full of healing benefits. This one is just one of those recipes. 


Ria Jain
Functional Nutritionist

Ria has a Master’s in Nutrition and Dietetics and is in a permanent research mode and keeps the rest of us at iThrive (Previously ThriveFNC) updated with her latest findings in the field of Nutrition. Her articles on iThrive's blog are an expression of her research findings. We really don’t know what we’d do without her support and her focus.