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April 02, 2014

Arunachal Pradesh -- Thukpa (Vegetarian Noodle Soup)

Blogging Marathon# 39 - Indian States: Day 2
State: Arunachal Pradesh
Dish: Thukpa (Vegetarian Noodle Soup)

Arunachal Pradesh is in the North eastern part of India. It is one of the seven states from the north eastern India that are referred to as ' The Seven Sister States'. Arunachal Pradesh means the 'land of the dawn-lit mountains' or the 'land of the rising sun' as it is located in such a geographic position that the sun hits it before spreading its rays to the other states or regions of India.
Cuisine: Cuisine of Arunachal Pradesh varies by the region as there is a lot of tribal influence on their food. Each major tribe consists of number of sub-tribes and each sub-tribe has different food habits and life styles. The ethnic cuisine of Arunachal Pradesh is simple to cook with lots of nutrient values and is scrumptious to consume. Non-vegetarian is preferred and minimum spices are used making the dishes mild to taste.
Tribes: Apatanis, Chuki, Nishi, Monpa etc.
Staple Food/ Drink: Rice, Fish, Meat and Leafy vegetables/ Apang (Rice Beer)
Specialties: Thukpa, Dre-Thuk (prepared from noodles, minced meat and soup), Zan (preparation of millet or flour and boiling water), Bak-tza (prepared from flat rectangular shaped dough, minced meat and soup).
Arunachal Pradesh -- Thukpa (Vegetarian Noodle Soup)

Today's Dish: Thukpa is a Tibetan noodle soup that inspired from the Chinese cuisine. It is quite popular in the north-eastern Indian states as well. This is a slightly modified version with few of my own additions to spice up the soup. As mentioned before spices are sparingly used in Arunachal Pradesh, but I added some to make it little more flavorful. So feel free to use whatever veggies you like and add/ omit spices as per your personal preferences.
Arunachal Pradesh -- Thukpa (Vegetarian Noodle Soup)
I made this soup in the dead of winter when we had a snow storm and you can see the snow in the background in the below pic. It is a very hearty and comforting soup for chilly weather.
Arunachal Pradesh -- Thukpa (Vegetarian Noodle Soup)
Recipe adapted: Asha @ Foodies Hope.
Ingredients: Serves 2
Noodles (I used thin spaghetti) - fistful
Green Onions - 6, chopped
Carrot - 1 small, sliced
Potato - 1 medium, chopped
Broccoli - 1 cup, florets
Spinach - 2cups, chopped
Ginger - 1" piece, grated
Garlic - 2 cloves, grated
Green chilies - 1~2, finely chopped
Vegetable Stock - 3~4 cups
Whole Spices (3 Cloves/ 3 Cardamom pods/ 3 Peppercorns) - optional
Turmeric - ½tsp
Ground Coriander - 1tsp
Red Chili powder - 1tsp
Soy sauce - 2tbsp
Salt & Pepper - to taste

  • Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Heat 1tbsp mustard oil in a saucepan; add cloves, cardamom and peppercorns. Cook for 30 seconds. Add grated ginger, garlic, green onions and chilies. Cook till onions are tender.
  • Next add carrots, potatoes and cook on medium flame until veggies are lightly browned around the edges. Add turmeric, red chili powder, ground coriander, salt and pepper. Mix well and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the stock and bring the mixture to a boil. Lower the heat and add spinach. Simmer the soup until the veggies are tender.
  • Add cooked noodles, soy sauce and cook till heated through. Garnish with chopped green onions and serve immediately.

Arunachal Pradesh -- Thukpa (Vegetarian Noodle Soup)

Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 39.



  1. wow such an wonderful way warm up in winter :) very comforting soup and love you version of adding veggies to it :) looks yummy dear :)

  2. it is thupka day today!!! very comforting and delicious

  3. Perfect soup for cold weather. Beautiful pictures. My Thukpa is also a spicy version like yours.

  4. Pavani I am visualising you sitting next to the window with that bowl of soup which looks so comforting.
    Beautiful clicks.

  5. Love your clicks and thukpa looks very inviting !

  6. that is one hearty bowl of soup pavani, love the cotton napkin under the bowl, so bright and vibrant.

  7. looks delectable, your thukpa looks quiet thicker which is nice, i added a bit of maize flour but was not very lucky

  8. This bowl of filling soup is quite enough for me to enjoy my dinner tonite... Vibrant and delicious..

  9. Love the view of sunshine out the window ..I wouldn't mind that bowl of soup either!

  10. Lovely pictures. Very colorful bowl of soup. Looks appetizing.

  11. delicious noodles soup.. quite filling too

  12. love the color of your Pavani and as always beautiful clicks!

  13. Comforting & delicious thupka. Pics are making me drool here.

  14. Pavani pictures are droolsome. ;) I love the flavours and the coloursa nd the bowl its what I will dream of.

  15. The second identical recipe we are posting for BM. Your version of thupka looks so filling and delicious...

  16. Lovely soup Pavani.Nice pic near the window :)

  17. soup must have been so warming on one of those numerous snow days we have had this season!

  18. Woow delectable soup!! me too tried this and yours looks great..

  19. I tried capturing steam but was unsuccessful. Your version of thukpa look wholesome and filling.

  20. That's a comforting and colorful bowl of soup.

  21. Pavani, I am not sure how my comment is missing...anyway your bowl is so inviting! I know we had such hard time for these states that it still scares me when I think about it..:)


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