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Thupka Recipe from Sikkim

Thukpa has been described as a generic Tibetan word for any soup or stew combined with Noodles. Today I am sharing the Indian version of Thukpa aka the Vegetable Noodle Soup from the state of Sikkim.

ORIGIN OF THUKPA
Though Thukpa is a Tibetan Noodle soup originating in the eastern part of Tibet, it has its variant among the Tibetan people, Himalayan people from Nepal and the states of Sikkim, Nagaland, Assam and Arunachal pradesh in northeast India. The Indian version of this soup is different because it has its typical spices like chilly powder and garam masala, and hence is considered more hot.

THUKPA | VEGETABLE NOODLE SOUP
As said Thukpa is a hot noodle soup. It is generally made using vegetables or chicken. The most common vegetables used in this are mushrooms, cabbage and onion. Many variations exist and one can add vegetables as per their liking. This goes well in the cold weather of the North eastern states, however soup can be enjoyed in any season. Since Noodles are added to this soup it becomes a complete meal in itself.

INGREDIENTS
1 Cup Noodles
1/4 Cup Chopped green onion
1/4 Cup or 4 to 5 Green Beans
1/2 Cup Carrot Cut lengthwise
4-5 chopped Mushrooms
1/4 Cup Chopped Cabbage
Spring onions for garnishing
2-3 chopped Garlic Cloves
1/2 inch chopped Ginger
2-3 tbsp Red Chilli Sauce
2 tbsp Soya Sauce
3-4 Cups Water (One can use Vegetable Stock)
2 tbsp Oil
1/2 tsp Cumin powder
1/2 tsp Garam Masala powder
Salt to taste

PREPARATION
Boil the noodles as per the instructions and keep it aside.
In a wok, add in the oil.
Once hot add the garlic and ginger and saute it for 30 seconds.
Now add the green onion and saute until translucent.
Now add the chopped carrot, cabbage and green beans.
Saute on high heat for 3-4 minutes.
Add in the mushrooms and saute for a minute.
Now add the cumin powder, Garam Masala Powder, Red Chilly Sauce and Soya Sauce.
Add the water and let the mixture come to a boil.
Add in the boiled noodles and salt.
One can adjust the quantity of spices as per their preference.
Garnish with spring onions and serve.