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Croatian Recipes: Homemade Vegeta

One of the most famous Croatian export products is Vegeta. The flavour enhancer was invented in 1959 by Zlata Bartl, who at that time was the team leader in Podravka’s research laboratory.

Today Vegeta is exported all over the world and found in dishes cooked in over 50 countries now, from Europe to Asia to the Pacific.

Making homemade Vegeta is simple and there are a number of different recipes which work – try this quick and easy recipe courtesy of Ana Frank.


Carrots – 2 kg
Parsley root & leaves – 2 kg
Celery root & stems – 2 kg
Leeks – 2 kg
Salt – 2 tablespoons

(Photo: Ana Frank)

(Photo: Ana Frank)


1. Wash all the vegetables and blend in a food processor

2. Add the salt

3. Mix again

4. Put the Vegeta in clean jars and store in a cool place. It will be able to last 12 months kept in a cool place.

It is important that the Vegeta is kept in a cool place – the pantry is fine as long as it’s cool. It will be able to last 12 months if kept cool.

The result – homemade Vegeta (Photo: Ana Frank)

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