Thukpa – Noodle Soup

Thukpa

Let us start with our nutritious Thukpa Recipe

This is one of those dishes you need not worry about from the calorie perspective. And by that I am not saying that city has fewer calories, it is just very nutritious and healthy even if you are in low spirits. Because who doesn’t like a warm bowl noodle soup when they are not feeling good. So that is why this Thukpa recipe is the way to go on a rainy or cold day!

Well, it originates from Tibet. Inherently Tibetan dish but you will end up finding so many variations of thukpa recipes in the north-eastern part of India, hilly regions of the north like Himachal Pradesh. Click here to read more about thukpa!

Thukpa did not only travel to India and evolved, but it also has an endless number of variations in Nepal and Bhutan. The Napalese thukpa is the most famous one I have come across whereas the thukpa we fund in Bhutan is a little different than the traditional one. It is rather a stew than a soup and a different variety of noodles is used.

I remember one of my friends recommended me this noodles soup which is really popular among the students of Delhi University because of its proximity to Majnu ka Tilla (an area majorly inhabited by the Tibetan refugees). So next time you’re in Delhi do check out that place for this awesome delicacy. Click here to read more about this dish and its origin!

The Vegetables for Thukpa Recipe

This is all the source of nutrients for our thukpa recipe and you can get really innovative with this part. I added some carrots, onions, capsicum, cabbage, and mushrooms. You can feel free to add some more pf your favourite vegetables to make it even more nutritious.

Cut all your vegetables before you start with the cooking. Any cut works here until and unless you are satisfied with it.

The Chicken

I did not add any chicken in this particular recipe but feel free to add some chicken if you want to. Cut your chicken into bits and saute yours with your vegetables. This would help you to make your thukpa recipe rich in protein.

Just to notch your dish up you can grill your chicken and serve the noodle soup with the grilled chicken slices.

The Stock for Thukpa Recipe

If you are going for a chicken thukpa I would highly recommend you go for some chicken stock and not vegetable stock. Although if you want to keep it vegetarian just go for some vegetable stock. Chicken stock helps the thukpa recipe to get some amazing umami flavour.

Please do not use water in place if water, You are just compromising a lot with your flavours and taste. Start with cold stock and season your stock always towards the end just to make sure you do not add extra salt considering soy sauce is very salty.

The Noodle

You can either go with some hand-rolled noodles and please comment below if you want me to come out with a detailed guide fresh homemade noodles. Although I have given the recipe for hand-rolled noodles, do try it of you want some really soft and firm noodles.

But if you want to skip the fresh noodles feel free to get some ready-made noodles. It will not affect the taste at all, but the hand made noodles have better texture.

The Nutrition

By now you already know that this is a wholesome meal and not just soup. We are adding a lot of colourful vegetables, meat, and some noodles for carbs. The broth or the stock is very nutritious by itself.

Yield: 2

Thukpa

Thukpa

Today I bring you one of my favourite soups. Thukpa is very Wholesome recipe since it has pretty much all the nutrients and terming it just a soup will not be fair. SO let us get started with this exciting recipe!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

For hand-rolled noodles

  • 100 g all-purpose flour
  • 5 ml of oil
  • 2-gram salt
  • Water as required

For the soup

  • 300 ml vegetable stock
  • 5 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 inch Ginger finely chopped
  • One bunch spring onions chopped
  • One capsicum
  • 1 carat
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • A handful of cabbage chopped
  • 5 ml soya sauce
  • 2 grams Ajinomoto
  • 2 tbsp green Chilli Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Red Chilli Sauce
  • 10 ml Oil

Instructions

  1. Now if you want to make some hand-rolled noodles you can start with them.
  2. For that, you need to make a soft dough out of some flour, oil, salt, and water.
  3. Then let it rest for 30 minutes.
  4. Once the resting is done go ahead and sheet it to a thickness of 3 millimetres.
  5. Then fold your sheet into a zigzag pattern and make sure you generously dust it flour while you fold so that it does not stick.
  6. Then cut the sheet into thin strands of noodles and your noodles are ready.
  7. In a saucepan take some oil and heat it. Add your chopped ginger and garlic and saute for a while then add your chopped onions and cook it for a while.
  8. Now it's time to add all your vegetables and saute them for a minute.
  9. Add some soya sauce, green chilli sauce, and some red chilli sauce. Ajinomoto is totally optional you can always add it to increase the amount of umami flavour.
  10. Cook it for another 30 seconds and now it's time to add your vegetable stock.
  11. Bring it to a boil and add your hand-rolled noodles.
  12. Now if you don't want to make your own fresh noodles then you can go ahead and boil some regular store-bought noodles.
  13. Just remember that if you’re making some fresh noodles you need to boil them for 4 minutes and if you are using some store-bought noodles just boil it for 8 minutes.
  14. Once your noodles are boiled just garnish with some chopped spring onions and check for the seasoning. If you like you need some more salt and pepper just add accordingly. 
  15. Although do not add any salt, in the beginning, itself because soya sauce has a good amount of salt and you might end up with a very salty soup.
  16. Serve it hot.

Notes

  • It is not at all compulsory to make hand-rolled noodles for this recipe so feel free to use some store-bought noodles. 
  • I have added some MSG in this recipe but you can skip it if you believe that it's not good for health but trust me it does not do any harm to our health.
  • I want a few vegetables to this to feel free to add your favourite vegetables to the soup.
  • If you feel like you can always at some chicken in this recipe!

Nutrition Information

Yield

2

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 350Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 0mgSodium 842mgCarbohydrates 63gFiber 3gSugar 17gProtein 7g

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