Thukpa - Noodle Soup of Arunachal Pradesh

Arunacha Pradesh is one of the Northeastern state of India  and it is mostly of tribal community.So the tribal cultures reflects in the food culture of Arunachal Pradesh.Since Arunachal pradesh is an agricultural state produces,rice,millet and sugarcane.These crop are extensively used in their everyday food and special occasions.
Apong is a local beer made with the fermented rice ana other millets is a very popular beverage in Arunachal Pradesh.
Zan is a popular dish made with boiling the millets in boiling water which is a staple food for the Monpas tribal community.
Thukpa is yet another simple and delicious soup recipe which is made with noodles,veggies and meat.This is soup is a healthy as well as a filling one.
There are various versions to make thukpa but after so many searches,I tried a vegetarian version.This soup came out so delicious and its perfect for a cold day.I made this soup bit spicy so you can adjust according to your preference.I used the regular plain noodles and didn't use any vegetable stock,if you want you add some chicken pieces and veggie or chicken stock.With no further delay lets move on to the recipe......................

Basic Information

Preparation Time -10 minutes
Cooking Time-20 minutes
Serves -2


Plain noodles75 gms
Shallots/chinna vengayam(finely chopped)5-6
Tomato(finely chopped)1 medium size
Garlic/poondu(finely chopped)2 cloves
Red chilly powder/milagai podi1/2tsp
Garam masala powder1/2tsp
Turmeric powder1/4tsp
Carrot(cut into thin strips)1/4 cup
Cabbage(shredded)1/4 cup
Green chilly/pachamilgai(chopped)1
Cumin seeds/jeeragam1/2 tsp
Oil2 tsp


  • Cook the noodles in boiling water with a pinch of salt and few drops of oil till it gets cooked,drain the excess water,keep it aside.
  • Heat a pan with oil and crackle the cumin seeds,add the finely chopped shallots,green chilly,ginger and garlic.
  • Then goes in veggies and chopped tomato,cook it for couple of minutes.Now add in the spice powders and give it a mix.
  • Add around 3 cups of water and salt.Allow it to boil,let it simmer for another 10 minutes.
  • Add the noodles and cook it for a minute.Finally sprinkle the chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve it hot.


  • Rice noodles can also be used for making this soup and the amount of spice can be altered according to personal preference.
  • Vegetable or chicken stock can be added instead of water.


very delicious!! love the last click!!

That surely is one glamorous bowl of Thukpa..beautiful vibrant and health packed..super clicks.

Wow the bowl looks so inviting Nalini!..very nice one...

Inviting bowl of soup, looks very nice.

Superb presentation and perfect thukpa. While we visit Sikim, oftenly have it.

Beautiful pictures. Loved all of them. also the text flourishes.. very pretty.

Awesome clicks nalini, yum thupka, makes a filling dinner.

Simple comforting soup. Great presentation.

Thukpa again...lovely recipe and loved the pictures

Can feel the spiciness from here itself Nalini.. wat a fantastic bowl of soup..

Lovely clicks Nalini. Glad to be in the same Thukpa party as you 😜

Nice bowl of soup...inviting...

Love the deep color of your broth! lovely soup..

Comforting noodles..They look inviting.

Amazing soup, and awesome bowl !! Very inviting pictures

Could finish off the whole bowl. It looks super inviting...

Wow this looks awesome. I am sure it tasted awesome too.

Looks nice and spicy! So may thukpa recipes for this day...

broth has such a rich vibrant color

Looks so delicious and inviting dear..Colorful soup..

Even I made the vegetarian version. Your soup looks delicious!

Love this spicy version of thupka. It looks so colorful.

Thupka looks delicious and i like your presentation too!

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