Delicious and Spicy Thukpa Recipe

45 minutes
4 servings

Authentic Nepali cuisine is renowned for its spicy dishes. One of the prime examples is thukpa, a hearty soup that packs an incredible amount of flavor with every spoonful. The combination of spices, vegetables, noodles, and chicken makes it a perfect meal for any time of day or night. This version of the traditional dish uses a delicious paste made from garlic, ginger, cumin seed and other spices to give it that distinctive taste you would expect from this classic dish. If you’re looking for something to warm your soul on a chilly winter night or if you just need a hearty dose of comfort food, look no further than this delicious thukpa recipe.
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- 2 tablespoons cooking oil - 1 teaspoon garlic minced - 1 teaspoon ginger minced - 2 fresh red chili peppers - ½ cup tomatoes diced - 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro minced - 1 teaspoon cumin seed toasted - ½ teaspoon turmeric powder - ½ teaspoon Szechwan peppercorn (timur) - ⅛ teaspoon asafoetida (thing) powder - 1 tablespoon lime juice freshly squeezed - 1 liter chicken broth or stock - 2 cups assorted vegetables diced (carrots, potatoes, beans, green onions etc) - 2 cups cooked spaghetti - Salt and pepper to taste - Grilled chicken slices (optional) - Cooked rice noodles (optional) - Hot chili sauce or tomato achar (optional)


1. Boil half liter of water in a big pan. When the water starts having bubbles add the spaghetti. 2. In the same time, take a blender and mix all soup paste ingredients into a thick paste; reserve in a small bowl. 3. When the spaghetti is soft, remove the heat and soak the excess water. Wash the spaghetti in running cold water. 4. In a saucepan, heat cooking oil; add soup paste, fry for about 30 seconds 5. Add chicken broth and mix well. Bring to a boil; set heat to low and cook for a few minutes; adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. 6. Add all vegetables into the soup mixture; cook for a few minutes or until tender. 7. Add the spaghetti in the mixture 8. You may add more broth if a soupier consistency is desired. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. 9. To serve, pour soup broth into a serving bowl and add grilled chicken slices and cooked rice noodles. Serve immediately. 10. Add hot chili sauce or tomato achar to the soup if you desire spicy soup broth.
Thukpa is an iconic Nepali dish that deserves to be part of any true food enthusiast's repertoire. Thanks to its combination of spices, vegetables, noodles and chicken, this hearty meal will satisfy your cravings for a traditional dish with plenty of flavor! Give our recipe a try the next time you’re looking for something warm and comforting on a chilly winter night.


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