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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Vegetarian Thukpa


Now we move to Arunachal Pradesh, the second state in the series. Arunachal pradesh is mostly covered by Himalayas and the name of the state literally translates to "The land of the rising sun" or "The land of the dawn-lit mountains". It lies to the north eastern side of India and is the largest one among the "Seven Sister States". Natives trace their origins to Tibeto-Burman and Mongoloid race.
Food in the state is very less spicy and bland in taste. To save the nutritional value, boiling is the preferred method of cooking. Crops like rice, wheat, millet, maize and sugarcane are the popular items that are used in cooking. Lettuce and bamboo shoots are also commonly used. The people in the region are predominantly non vegetarian. Rice forms a major component of Arunachali cuisine. Rice is a staple food along with fish, meat and green vegetables. Boiled rice cakes wrapped in leaves is a popular snack.  Apong - local drink made from rice or millet is also a famous tribal delicacy. (Info:wiki and other online sources)
While exploring the cuisine, I realized that thukpas and momos are popular in the region. Thukpa is popular among the monpa tribe though not a native creation. I decided to go with a vegetarian version of thukpa and followed Asha's recipe. I replaced the egg noodles and chicken with mixed grain spaghetti and toasted tofu. Bamboo shoots would be an authentic addition but I wasn't sure whether we prefer the pungency and skipped it. My husband is not a fan of watery, bland noodle soups and preferred it with loads of ketchup. 

Ingredients:
4 cups vegetable stock / water
1.5 to 2 cups chopped mixed vegetables (I used 1 carrot, 10 green beans, 1 small potato, 1 small tomato, 2 tbsp celery cubes
1 green chili, sliced lengthwise
A fistful of spaghetti noodles 
1-2 tsp oil
1/4 to 1/2 cup tofu cubes
1/2 tsp ginger slivered 
Salt & pepper to taste
Minced cilantro to garnish
Method:
* Bring vegetable stock or water to a boil in sauce pan. Add vegetables and green chili to the pan and cook until the vegetables are done.
* Bring half a gallon of water to a rolling boil. Add salt and spaghetti and cook until done. Drain and keep aside.
* Heat oil and toast ginger slivers until golden brown and keep aside. To the same oil, add the tofu cubes and toast until golden brown through out.
* Add the cooked spaghetti, toasted tofu cubes to the cooked veggies.
* Add salt, freshly cracked black pepper and turn off the stove. Let it sit for a minute.
* Garnish with cilantro and serve.



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Comments

24 comments:

Manjula Bharath said...

wow such an deliicous and yummy thukpa :) I wud love to finish this comforting bowl of soup :) very filling one , fabulous recipe choice dear :)

Sreevalli E said...

Tempting & comforting soup..

Hari Chandana said...

Looks colorful and delicious.. wonderful preparation!!

Priya Suresh said...

Today i crossed so many thupka and each and everyone did a wonderful bowl of this soup, now u guys are tempting me to make this soup.

Jayanthi Padmanabhan said...

Thukpa looks great.. would be great had piping hot.

Harini-Jaya R said...

Love the addition of tofu in thupka..In spite of so many thupka posts, I think no two posts have the same ingredients!!

nandoos Kitchen said...

Thupka looks very nice and yumm..

Archana Potdar said...

Suma this is awesome. I love the thupka rain we have had.

Pavani N said...

Love the addition of tofu, added protein, will try it next time.

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Very nice dish

Sapana Behl said...

Love your bowl of thupka !

Priya Srinivasan said...

Such a filling soup suma!!! love the tofu cubes on top!!

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

Such a hearty soup/meal! Love the addition of tofu.

Kalyani said...

Lovely colourful bowl - filled wit aromatic thukpa ! Good one

The Pumpkin Farm said...

loved the way you have defined the state, and beautiful bowl of thukpa

Saraswathi Tharagaram said...

Mee to enjoyed this wonderful soup!! looks awesome with fried tofu..

Gayathri Kumar said...

Even I made it with tofu. yours looks yumm...

Nivedhanams Sowmya said...

yummy and delicious thupka!!

Padmajha PJ said...

Hearty bowl of soup.Wish I had added tofu as well. Couldn't find it when I wanted to make this soup!

vaishali sabnani said...

Even though we have so many versions of thukpa I still dont mind more versions it is a total treat.

Nalini's Kitchen said...

Another variation of thukpa,looks so tempting and loved the addition of tofu in it...

Usha said...

TOfu looks like a nice addition to this soup. Delicious!!

Srivalli said...

I am not sure how my comment is missing here...I remember your tofu and drooling over it..:)..very inviting bowl Suma..

Ayshwarya Singh said...

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