Vegetarian Thukpa Soup

September 1, 2019mayurisjikoni
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About this Group:

As most of my regular readers may have noticed that through the Shhh Cooking Secretly Group we are taking each state of India every month and preparing a dish pertaining to that state’s cuisine. August was when the participating members cooked different dishes from the state of Sikkim.


Get to know Sikkim

Sikkim, one of the seven sister states of North East India is situated in the lap of the Himalayas. The third highest peak of the Himalayas, Kanchenjunga can be seen from Sikkim. Sikkim was annexed to India in 1975. 11 languages are spoken in this tiny mountain state, English being the official language.Its the home to the second highest suspension bridge in Asia, Singshore Bridge, with a span of 198 meters and with a depth of 220 meters. Siddheshwar Dham in Sikkim has a  108 foot tall Lord Shiva statue with the 12 jyotilingaram replicas and Char Dham (4 holy places) replicas around it. If you love bird watching then Sikim is the place for you as it has over 533 species of birds. 690 species of colorful butterflies can be found in Sikkim. If you love rhododendrons then Sikkim is the place as the valleys are covered with them.Sikkim is the first fully organic state of India and boasts many species of orchids, ferns, flowers and trees.  Its also the home to 5 popular hot springs, all located in tranquil places. Its believed that the famous Thanka paintings began in this state. Thankas are religious scrolls or paintings that are hung in Buddhist monasteries and houses to ward off evil. Have you ever seen a red panda? If not then Sikkim is the place to visit.

It has the maximum number of foreigners living there, most of them from the neighboring state of Nepal. It also is neighbors Tibet. No wonder the local cuisine is influenced by Nepalese and Tibetan cuisine.

Some of the famous Sikkimese dishes are:

  • momos (dumplings) enjoyed steamed or fried on its own or in soups.
  • Thukpa, a noodle soup
  • Phagshapa, pork fat strips stewed with radish and dry chillis
  • Gundruk, vegetarian stew made from leafs of radish, mustard and cabbage.
  • Sha Phaley – a sort of deep fried bread stuffed with beef and cabbage
  • Sinki – fermented tender radish roots are fermented in bamboo shoots and used in a stew or soup or as pickle too.
  • Dal bhat – a simple lentil curry enjoyed with rice and tarkari vegetables is the staple diet
  • Sael Roti – is a deep fried ring shaped bread made from fermented rice batter, much like doughnuts
  • Niguru with Churpi – fiddlehead ferns fermented with cheese
  • cinema curry – fermented soybeans are cooked with tomato, onion and spices and usually served with rice
  • kodo ko roti, a finger millet pancake served with pickles.

My Partners:

My partner for this month Swaty, who blogs at Food – Trails has many interesting recipes on her blog. I for one want to try out her Mathura ke Pede and the butterscotch sauce .Actually, you’ll get tempted to try out all the recipes as her photos make the food appear so tempting.

I suggested that Swaty uses soya sauce and cabbage to create her Sikkimese dish. I thought she would use them to make momos but she decided to make Thukpa Gyathuk. Check out what the difference between the thukpa I made and her version. She asked me to use ginger and vinegar to create my dish. I toyed between the ideas of a noodle soup and momos. Since I had not tried thukpa and also found that there are not that many vegetarian recipes of thukpa, I decided to try out this simple and filling soup.

As an administrator of the group, I sometimes land up giving secret ingredients if the number of participants are odd. This month, Renu was left out. So I suggested she uses cabbage and sesame oil to create her Sikkimese dish. If you’ve ever visited her blog Cook With Renu you’ll find that she truly does experiment in her kitchen from normal Indian cuisine to some low carb dishes. I want to try out her low carb chocolate coconut flour cake and the no bake chocolate weetabix energy slice. With the ingredients I gave her she too made Thukpa, a vegetarian version.

What is Thukpa?

Sikkimese thukpa soup is closely related to the Tibetan version. Usually vegetables like cabbage, green pepper and carrot are added with some meat. I decided to use mushrooms, carrots and French beans as I’m not a huge fan of cabbage and hubby doesn’t like green pepper. I guess the addition of commonly used spices in India founds its way into this famous soup to make it more delicious and pleasing to the palates of all. Initially, I was a bit skeptical to add turmeric, coriander, cumin and chili powder, thinking how it will taste. You see my palate is quite accustomed to having the Chinese version of noodle soup, with soy sauce and no Indian spices.

Some Sikkimese Dishes:

While Renu, Swaty and I all made thukpa would you like to know what other members of this group made? Narmadha too made the famous Thukpa soup.  Jayashree made the lesser known but an important Sikkimese flatbread Sel Roti. Poonam decided to make the famous street food Momos using Whole Wheat Flour.If you ever make momos at home then you have to pair it with either Priya’s   Peanut Chutney or Aruna’s fiery red Momo Chutney. Looking for the unique steamed momo? Then check out Sasmita’s Tingmo recipe. For a non vegetarian dish you could try Sujata’s Sikkimese Chicken Curry.

sikkim food

Both hubby and I were pleasantly surprised how comforting and tasty thukpa turned out. With Bangalore experiencing rains, it was a delight to cup our hands over the hot bowl of wholesome soup.

Do you want to try out a different version of a noodle soup? If so what are you waiting for, scroll down to check out the recipe.

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Serves 2

100g noodles of your choice

1 large carrot, peeled and cut into slices or sticks

1 cup mushrooms, sliced or quartered

½ cup chopped French beans

1 onion, chopped

1 tbsp oil

6-8 cloves of garlic, peeled and sliced

1 tsp ginger paste

½ tsp green chili paste

1 tsp coriander powder

½ tsp turmeric powder (haldi)

½ tsp cumin powder

1 tsp soy sauce

1 tsp rice vinegar or any vinegar of your choice (or lemon juice)

1 tsp coriander powder

¼ tsp red chilli powder

½ tsp salt

4 – 5 cups water/vegetable stock

3 tbsp fresh chopped coriander

  1. Heat some water in a pan till it comes to a boil. Add noodles and cook them till al dente. They should not be overcooked.
  2. Drain out the noodles saving the water.
  3. Keep the noodles on the side till required.
  4. In a deep pan, heat oil over medium heat.
  5. Stir fry the onions till they become a bit soft.
  6. Add garlic and stir fry for a few seconds.
  7. Add ginger and chili paste. Mix well.
  8. Add turmeric, cumin, coriander and red chili powder and mix.
  9. Immediately add the French beans and mix.
  10. Cover the pan and let the beans cook for 5 minutes over low heat.
  11. Take the lid off,  increase the heat to medium.
  12. Add carrot and mushrooms and stir fry.
  13. Add the saved water or vegetable stock and salt.
  14. Bring the soup to a  gently simmer.
  15. Add the noodles, vinegar, soy sauce and chopped coriander.
  16. Stir and serve immediately with some hot chili sauce.


  • If you’re using ready made vegetable or any other stock, reduce the amount of salt used according to your taste.
  • Adjust the spices according to your taste.
  • Add vegetables of your choice. You can add cooked meat, chicken or seafood.
  • I used egg noodles. You can use any good quality noodles or instant noodles.
  • Don’t overcook the noodles.
  • For a more watery noodle soup, add an extra cup of water or stock.

Pin for later:

Sikkimese Thukpa

A little request:

If you do try this recipe then please either

  • add a comment below,
  • send a picture to my email
  •  tag me as #mayuri_jikoni on Instagram
  • or tag me on Twitter as #Mayuri1962

You may want to check out the following recipes:

Vegetable Noodle Soup

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Pak choi, bean sprout and noodle soup

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Momo Soup

Sharing this recipe with the following event:


Shhh Cooking Secretly a group started by Priya of Priya’s Versatile Recipes,  is where every month food bloggers are paired up and give each other 2 secret ingredients to cook with according to the theme chosen. If you’re interested in joining this exciting group then please leave a message in the comment section. Thank you.



  • The Girl Next Door

    September 6, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    I love thukpa. It makes for a delicious, filling meal, perfect for the rainy weather in Bangalore these days. 🙂 Yours looks so good!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 6, 2019 at 8:19 pm

      Thank you so much Priya.

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  • jayashreetrao

    September 8, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    This soup looks filling and flavoursome, love the addition of spice powders along with the other ingredients. Would love to try this hearty soup soon.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 8, 2019 at 9:19 pm

      Thank you so much Jayashree.

  • Archana

    September 9, 2019 at 9:23 am

    I am going crazy looking at your pictures!! This soup sounds awesome. Love soups n so I need to make thupka we can live on this soup for days.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 10, 2019 at 5:24 pm

      Thanks Archana. Its definitely a wholesome and healthy soup which one can have as a meal.

  • Priya

    September 10, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    Just the kind of thing that I want to eat..its chilly these days in Bangalore and thus bowl woukd be a perfect as a comfort food

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 11, 2019 at 6:13 pm

      Thanks Priya, yes we too enjoyed it again a few days back because of the weather.

  • poonampagar

    September 12, 2019 at 3:15 am

    We love thukpa to the core. It is like a wholesome meal by itself. Loved your pics and the fact that you have used homemade vegetable stock with loads of veggies makes it all the more filling.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 12, 2019 at 11:50 am

      Thank you so much Poonam.

  • Vasusvegkitchen

    September 15, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Veg Thukpa soup looks absolutely delicious and filling di. Very good information about Sikkim and list of popular recipes from Sikkim is very informative di. I am just looking at the pics di, how beautifully presented, loved the flavors and veggies added in it, yummy.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 16, 2019 at 8:45 pm

      Thank you so much Aruna.

      1. Batter Up With Sujata

        September 21, 2019 at 2:57 pm

        Loved the colour of thukpa soup. I also don’t like capsicum and cabbage both. Your version of thukpa looks mouthwatering. I will try it soon.

      2. mayurisjikoni

        September 21, 2019 at 3:50 pm

        Thank you so much Sujata.

  • Renu Agrawal Dongre

    September 17, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    Like you even I was so doubtful of using cumin powder etc in a soup. You are right, we are so used to the usual chinese soup. But did it not proved us wrong, it was the most deliciosu soup we ever had and I already made it twice. I am loving your presentation and specially the way the noodles are kept. They are so tempting feeling like grabing one.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 21, 2019 at 4:07 pm

      That’s true Renu, a completely different tasting soup. Thank you so much.

  • namscorner18

    September 18, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Love this bowl of Thukpa with lot of veggies and noodles. This has become our favorite since I made this. Looks absolutely scrumptious and inviting

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 21, 2019 at 4:04 pm

      Thanks Narmadha, hubby to likes this version of noodle soup.

  • FoodTrails

    September 19, 2019 at 4:20 am

    With Garam masala and cumin powder thupka must have had a nice earthy flavourful.. loaded with veggies and noodles it is so filling.. I make it for my family in winters for comfort meal.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 21, 2019 at 4:00 pm

      I was amazed at the Indian flavors in this noodle soup.

  • Sasmita Sahoo Samanta

    September 21, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    Its a lovely wholesome meal option. I often prefer to make this as compared to other noodle dishes 🙂 such a comforting bowl of soup with noodles and varieties of veggies in it 🙂 use of homemade vegetables tock must be adding more flavors

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 23, 2019 at 8:10 pm

      Thanks Sasmita, the stock does add so much flavor.

  • Preethicuisine

    August 26, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    I have heard a lot about this soup but never tried . You explained it so beautifully. Would love to try this delicious soup sometime.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 26, 2020 at 3:36 pm

      Thanks Preethi. Please do try it out, its a wonderful, tasty and filling soup.

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