Both vegetable and chicken thukpa are hearty and flavorful dishes, perfect for a comforting meal in Indian cuisine. Enjoy the delicious blend of noodles, vegetables, and savory broth in this traditional Tibetan soup with an Indian twist.

Thukpa is a delicious and comforting Tibetan noodle soup that has gained popularity in various regions due to its flavorful and hearty nature. It is a warm and satisfying dish, perfect for cold days or when you’re craving a nourishing meal.

 Here’s a step-by-step guide to making Thukpa at home:

 Ingredients for Thukpa: 

– 200 grams of flat noodles (such as rice noodles or egg noodles)

– 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

– 1 large onion, thinly sliced

– 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced

– 1-inch piece of ginger, grated

– 1 carrot, julienned

– 1 cup sliced cabbage

– 1 cup chopped spinach or bok choy

– 1 cup sliced mushrooms (optional)

– 1 tablespoon soy sauce

– 1 tablespoon chili sauce (adjust to your spice preference)

– 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

– 1 teaspoon ground cumin

– 1 teaspoon ground coriander

– 1 liter vegetable or chicken broth

– Salt and pepper to taste

– Fresh cilantro or scallions for garnish

– Lime wedges for serving

A man holding thukpa


  1. Prepare the Noodles: 

   – Cook the flat noodles according to the package instructions until they are al dente. Drain and set aside. You can also rinse the noodles with cold water to prevent them from sticking together.

  1. Sauté the Aromatics: 

   – In a large pot or deep pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the thinly sliced onions and sauté until they become translucent.

  1. Add the Garlic and Ginger: 

   – Add the minced garlic and grated ginger to the sautéed onions. Cook for about a minute until the garlic becomes fragrant.

  1. Vegetables and Spices: 

   – Add the julienned carrot, sliced cabbage, chopped spinach or bok choy, and sliced mushrooms (if using) to the pot. Stir well to combine the vegetables with the aromatics.

   – Sprinkle ground turmeric, ground cumin, and ground coriander over the vegetables. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Continue stirring to coat the vegetables evenly with the spices.

  1. Broth and Simmering: 

   – Pour the vegetable or chicken broth into the pot, and bring the mixture to a boil. Once it starts boiling, reduce the heat to low and let the soup simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

  1. Flavor Enhancements:

   – Add soy sauce and chili sauce to the simmering soup. Adjust the amount of chili sauce based on your desired level of spiciness.

  1. Noodles and Final Touches:

   – Once the vegetables are cooked to your liking, add the cooked noodles to the soup. Mix everything well so that the noodles are coated with the flavorful broth.

  1. Serve: 

   – Ladle the hot and aromatic Thukpa into serving bowls. Garnish with fresh cilantro or chopped scallions for added flavor and a pop of color.

   – Serve the Thukpa with lime wedges on the side. Squeeze some lime juice into your bowl before enjoying the soup for an extra tangy twist.

 Enjoy your homemade Thukpa, a comforting bowl of goodness that combines the warmth of soup with the heartiness of noodles and vegetables! 

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