Thukpa – Himalayan Noodle soup

I hope you’re ready for the onslaught of recipes this month. After hibernating the past couple of months, I am armed with an arsenal of recipes, one recipe from each of the Indian states. I along with 28 wonderfully talented bloggers of the blogging marathon group have been preparing for months now for this mega marathon. I really hope you guys have fun discovering new dishes from different corners of India. Today the state in the spotlight is Arunachal Pradesh and I’ve made the very famous Himalayan noodle soup – Thukpa. Arunachal Pradesh is the scenic state at the north eastern tip of India. The people and cuisine of the state share plenty with the Tibetan-Burman neighbours by way of their roots and recipes. The Thukpa – a hot, spicy noodle soup is filled with the goodness of vegetables and it’s perfect for winter, for cold climes. But living in Chennai, I cannot wait for that to make Thukpa. I’ll never get to make Thukpa. It’s a different thing that Jagan makes up for it by turning the AC full blast and unable to cope with the extreme cold I sport extra T-shirts (looking like a nut as usual). You’ll likely see a quite a lot of Thukpas today among my blogging marathon friends too. I picked up this Thukpa recipe from here. I liked this version because it had an interesting spice paste that is cooked before adding in the vegetable stock. I made it a chicken Thukpa because that’s the only way I can sell it at home. But you can quite easily switch the chicken for tofu or paneer and make it a vegetable Thukpa. It’s light, flavourful and tasty. Prep time: 20 mins Cooking time: 30 mins Serves: 4 Ingredients Cooked Noodles – 1-1/2 cupsCooked chicken – ½ cup shredded into small pieces (vegetarians substitute with paneer or tofu)Carrots – ½ cup cut into matchsticksGreen Beans – ½ cup into 1 inch sticksVegetable stock or water – 5 cupsBlack pepper powder – ¼ tspSalt to tasteButter – 1 tspGreen part of spring onions – chopped, a handfulIngredients – Spice paste Onion – 1 smallTomato – 1 small or half of a mediumGinger – 1 inch stickGarlic – 4 podsWhole black peppercorns – ½ tspGreen chilli – 1 (I didn’t use it)Lemon juice – 1 tsp Method 1.       Cook noodles as per packet instructions, rinse in cold water,...
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