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Vegetarian Thukpa | Tibetan Noodle Soup from Arunachal Pradesh | How to make Vegetarian Thukpa

me, personally, India came alive via a different kind of geography class this
Blogging Marathon. The North Eastern (NE) States of India (aka the 7 sisters)
posed such a googly to us marathoners that we were constantly in a
state of confusion, clarifications and even recipe sharing when it came to
authentic recipes from these Northern States. Assam, Arunachal Pradesh,
Tripura, Miozram, Meghalaya, Manipur & Nagaland comprise the 7

in the history of BM, have we all been so frenetic in planning for the dishes !
What seemed to belong to one NE State also seem to be made in another.
Vegetarian dishes were rare to source out, and what seemed ok had either
unviable ingredients or strange sounding masalas. Amongst these NE states, we were so desperate at one point that we  decided that whoever makes one veg recipe should simply share and
others would make the same. In the end, I guess it all went well, and each of
us present these NE states from our own kitchens with our little own
substitutes or personal interpretations. However, it must be said that most of
the main course consists of beef and pork and dried fish, and is consumed with
very little oil and in a semi broth form. Some chutneys and pickle forms do
exist, but we definitely need to have an evolved palate to appreciate this


The 7 sisters – map courtesy : google images

When India became independent from the United Kingdom in 1947, only three states covered the
Manipur and Tripura were princely
states, while a much larger 
Assam Province was under direct British rule. Its capital
Shillong (present
capital). Four new states were carved out of the original territory of Assam in
the decades following independence, in line with the policy of the Indian
government of reorganizing the states along ethnic and linguistic lines. Accordingly, 
Nagaland became a separate
state in 1963, followed by 
Meghalaya in 1972. Mizoram became a Union
Territory in 1972, and achieved statehood – along with 
Arunachal Pradesh – in
1987. (Source –

Today’s recipe is a Vegetarian Thukpa (pronounced as ‘Thuppa‘ with a
silent K), and is essentially a broth with veggies and noodles. Its
predominantly made with Chicken, but as I said, we have made our slight
modifications with NE recipes to suit our palate and vegetarianise or veganise

The ethnic cuisine of Arunachal Pradesh with great nutrients
value is simple to cook and scrumptious to consume.
 The incredible feature of tribal gastronomy is that
they avoid using any kind of oil or other dry or packed Indian spices. Rice
is the staple food of all the tribe’s of Arunachal Pradesh. Dung Po (Steam
Rice) is the most popular version of cooking rice.
 Kholam is
also another popular and unique process of cooking rice. In this method a bamboo
tube is used instead of metal utensils.
 The rice is filled with water
in a custom made bamboo tube measuring 21/2 feet in height than it is left
beside the traditional heath with enough heat to cook it. Before eating the
rice the outer layer of the bamboo tube is delicately incised.
Source :


Coming back to today’s recipe, It’s a quick to make, hearty
broth – which is sipped as a soup / appetizer or even had as a main course.
Lets get to the recipe. Add chicken if you planning to make this
non-vegetarian. Tofu is also added, but as I have no takers for that at home, I
simply went ahead with the available ingredients.


BM : 39 ~ Indian State : Arunachal Pradesh

Recipe : Veg Thukpa

Dish type : Main Course / Soup as Appetiser

Spice Level : Medium

Accompaniment : None or with bread

Prep Time : 15 mins, Cooking time : 10 mins ;
Serves : 2



  • Veg Noodles – I used hakka – 50 gms
  • Veg Stock – 2 cups
  • Diced veggies (each about 25 gms) : Cabbage,
    Carrots, French Beans, Cauliflower, Broccoli
  • Salt – to taste
  • Green chillies – slit (1- 2)
  • Spring Onions – to garnish (optional)
  • Oil – 1 tsp


  1. Boil the noodles as per packet instructions.
    Drain and reserve.
  2. In a large pan, heat oil, and sauté the veggies.
    Add the vegetable stock, salt and green chillies and bring to a simmer.
  3. Once the veggies are ¾ done, add the boiled
    noodles and turn off the stove.
  4. Ladle it out into a soup bowl. Garnish with
    spring onion and serve immediately



  •  Mushrooms
    can also be added to the veg Thukpa
  • If
    too bland, recommend adding a dash of soya sauce or sweet chilli sauce to liven up.
  • Any
    veggies can be added – it’s totally a personal choice.


Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 39

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  1. The Pumpkin Farm

    Not sure if I comment came through earlier…your thukpa looks nice. We have all made different varieties for thukpa..,I loved the bowl you have served and the picture

  2. so many varieties of thupka today!!! yours is looking delicious

  3. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

    Loving the variety of thupka's served today. After a ravishing start yesterday with lots of khaja and salan which made me gain a kg, today is fitting be a thupka day, atleast i won't put weight by looking at it!!! 🙂

  4. Loved your intro Kalyani…very nicely done thukpa too..:)

  5. Priya Suresh

    Omg, thupka looks very delicious, i can make a bowl of this soup rite now and enjoy for my lunch.

  6. Nice warm and hearty thukpa. Didn't know it's pronounces thuppa.. nice detail. i've been calling it thukpa

  7. cookingwithsapana

    Thukpa looks rich and delicious ! Same pinch ….

  8. vaishali sabnani

    Super write up and a amazing soup . Even though I am not a soup person I liked it when I made and my son simply freaked out on this one.

  9. Nalini's Kitchen

    So many thukpa recipes today but each one is unique and wondering so many versions.
    Yours came out in a perfect color,mine looks bit darker due to the red chilly powder I used…

  10. Varada's Kitchen

    The soup looks great. Nice presentation.

  11. Yummy looking Thukpa and there are no surprises that I made the same dish today 🙂

  12. Good one..As we all know Thupka wins hands down!!

  13. Delicious looking's comforting.

  14. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    Looks delicious! Lovely write up…

  15. Gayathri Kumar

    Very hearty and comforting soup. We loved it…

  16. Can I order some Mom Chef! The thupka is so delicious and the bowls are awesome.

  17. Nice reading the intro Kalyani and of course nice thukpa too:)

  18. Chef Mireille

    your version looks so yummy

  19. Saraswathi Ganeshan

    Lovely write up!! with inviting thupka.. Love it

  20. my son wants this simple noodle preparation over our sambar, rice and poriyal. Easy for me as well :D. The thupka looks good, will be trying out one by one all the recipes.

  21. MySpicyKitchen

    Thukpa is such a versatile soup that we can add what ever we like to it. It is so simple,

  22. MySpicyKitchen

    This is such as an easy recipe and so versatile that we can add any ingredient according to our taste, yet so simple and flavorful

  23. Suma Gandlur

    Though it was a thukpa day in BM, we all came up with different versions of thukpa. Love your version too.

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