June 12, 2008

Thukpa / Gya-Thuk (Noodle-soup) and an award!!

After a small mess-up of not reading the event details carefully, I finally managed to make something for RCI - North Eastern Cuisine hosted at Bhags's Crazy Curry. I couldnt get my hands on a lot of North eastern Indian recipes, but still managed to find a very easy soup recipe on a website. The recipe is for Gya-tuk or Thukpa which is basically a Tibetan noodle soup, usually served with meat. It is popular in Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, and also in the state of Sikkim, Ladakh and some other parts of India. The food is widely available in restaurants in these regions (wiki). Please refer back to the actual website for the recipe. The recipe I am posting here includes the variations in the ingredients and quantities that I made. This is a quick soup that can be put together in about 10 minutes! There is no over-crowding of flavours or spices. So it gives off the pure flavour of the broth along with the wonderful taste of sauteed onions, chilli and green onions! With a few pieces of chicken added in, it makes for a great sip before dinner or when you need that extra bit of cozy warmth to make your day! I am submitting this as my entry from the cuisine of the north eastern state of Sikkim.

Recipe (Makes 2 servings):

Chicken broth - 1 can, 14.5 oz
Water - 1/2 cup
Mushrooms - 2 numbers
Egg noodles - scant 1 cup
Green onions - a handful chopped (green part only)
Onions - 1/2 small, chopped finely
Garlic - 1 medium clove, chopped finely
Green chillies (serranos) - 1, sliced thinly into rings
Cooked chicken - chopped, a handful


Boil water in a saucepan and add the egg noodles.

Cook until just tender, drain and pour cold water over to prevent further cooking.

Keep aside.

Heat oil in a skillet, saute finely chopped onion, garlic and green chillies.

When the onion starts to become golden, add the mushrooms at medium-high heat.

Saute until the mushrooms are cooked and tender (1-2 minutes).

Season with salt and keep aside.

Boil the broth and water in a saucepan, and season with salt if necessary.

In the serving bowl, pour the hot broth.

Stir in the noodles.

Add the sauteed onion-mushroom mixture.

Sprinkle generously with chopped green onion.

Toss in a few pieces of chopped chicken.

Serve hot and enjoy!!


  1. I used no fat - reduced sodium chicken broth.
  2. The addition of the mushrooms is one of my variations.
  3. I used a piece of fried chicken (thigh - store bought) and chopped up the meat to add to the soup.
  4. The soup can also be made without meat (vegetarian) or the addition of more/different vegetables.
  5. The kinds of meat usually used are chicken, beef or pork and are usually minced and cooked by sauteeing along with the onion mixture before adding to the soup.

Again its happening, its raining awards on me! Thanks to each one of you who considered me for the awards! I am so happy today because this time I received a beautiful and inspiring award from Madhuram of Eggless cooking. The concept behind the award is so meaningful and I am definitely overwhelmed by her generosity and thoughtfulness. I really am thankful Madhu, for your kind gesture and your sweet words!

This award was conceptualised by Jamie of the Flavour Pantry. Jamie tells the following,

“This is given to bloggers whose stories and recipes inspire us. Whether it’s to eat healthier, dive back into our past to conjure up something we ate as children, or just make the light bulbs in our brains go on with a new idea for a recipe. As recipients of this award, please share with us what inspires you and then pass on the Inspiration Award to 4 other deserving bloggers. Please let them know what the award means and what to do with it.”

I am supposed to write about things that inspire me. I am inspired by

  1. ....the kind, encouraging words, humbling gestures and extraordinary talent of all my fellow bloggers who have supported me and who have come to mean a lot to me within a very few months!
  2. ....the ecstatic looks on the face of my family when they taste one of my creations (when it happens I mean ;-)!). It does not happen always, I do have my share of screw-ups, but when it does, I forget everything else!!
  3. ....people who do not give up, endure and fight back even in the face of unthinkable disasters or set backs in life. I know I am not that strong, I probably would give up earlier on! But still I am inspired but their endurance/persistence to try harder!
  4. ....my family members who have always supported me, loved me and accepted me no matter how crazy I get! ;-)

As per the terms of the award, I have to pass this award to four other bloggers. I wish I could give them to all of you because all of you have a part to play in my life now, through my blog. The thoughts that you pass on to me through your comments are my inspiration to do more, otherwise I would have stopped blogging long back!! The sense of belonging that I get from the messages is something that I cannot describe, and eventhough we wouldnt probably meet at all, you all will always be special to me! You should understand how hard it is for me to choose just four of my friends!!

I am passing this on to:

Ranji of Ranji's Kitchen Corner, with whom I have formed a bond pretty quickly, who has definitely inspired me to keep up my work on the blog!

Shubha of Chutki Bhar Pyar, who again is one of my frequent visitors and a great person, her personality shines through her comments!!

Sukanya of Hot n' Sweet bowl, who inspires all of us through her beautiful cakes and other recipes!

Sig of Live to Eat, who is inargueably one of the most-liked blogger, who bares her life before us, makes us laugh and entertain us through her great writing techniques and pictures!

Love you all!!! Pleased to be in the company of all of you!


Happy cook said...

Congragulations with the award.
Hi hi i was on the net searching for the event too.
That bowl of soup looks so delicious.
Id there is a MBP for soup i know which one i am going to make :-)

ranji said...

Thats one delcious soup JZ...comfort food anytime..congrats on ur award..I am not surprised ...u really deserve it :)...I am inspired by ur presentation techniques and cooking skills and of course the photos are simply superb:)..Thank u so much for thinking of me...this means a lot to me..will treasure this :)..
and hey i made ur rogan josh dish with chicken without the cream coz i didnt have it..it came out superrrb..will be posting it one of these days:)..thank u so much for the recipe ..

Sig said...

That is a delicious hearty soup JZ.... And the recipe sounds simple too.. Congrats on the award and thanks for thinking of me...

Shubha Ravikoti said...

Hey I saw this recipe too... have noted it... but no time to make it... ur soup looks awesome dear... yum yum...:D I am a soup and salad fan...:d

Inspiration award.... wow.. u really deserve it... its no shocker u see.... u write so well and all of ur recipes and snaps inspire me soo much.....congrats dear...and do keep inspiring us all the same way....:D

Thanks for passing it on to me dear... it means a lot to me.. specially when its coming from a dear friend like u...:)

bhags said...

Thanks JZ for the lovely thupka recipe....congrats for the award
The pic really makes it tempting

Asha said...

Love Thupka, looks good and I want some more now!:))
Cogratulations on the award, enjoy. I love blogging for the same reasons too. Mostly good about it, few bad, hey that's life!:)

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

Thanks for ur lovely words, Happycook!

Thanks a lot Ranji, for ur enthusiastic words!! It was my pleasure to pass it on to you! Thanks for trying out the rogan josh, waiting for the post! :-)

Thanks Sig, and you deserve it!

Hey Shubha,come over to my house and have some soup! Thanks again for ur kind words! Again, it was my pleasure to pass it on to you!!

Thanks a lot Bhags, kudos to you for a great theme!

Ashaji, I know its not near as beautiful as your thukpa was, but yeah, you sure can have as much as you want! ;-)Love, reading ur comments!! :-)

Illatharasi said...

Hi JZ, Very nice soup, looks yummy:)

I just wanted to let you know that I have added your blog to my blogroll.

Also, I'd like to refer you to this fantastic publisher program I have just joined with Foodbuzz! I think your blog would be a great fit. The program is designed to promote and drive traffic to your blog, foster a food blog community and provide a way to monetize your site should you choose to. It's awesome.
All you have to do is click the following link to fill out the Foodbuzz Referral Form. The Foodbuzz Team can then contact you asap!

Also dont forget to mention my name as referer 'Vanisri Narayana (http://illatharasi.blogspot.com/)

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

Thanks Illatharasi!! I've already been referred by someone else, and am in the process of joining. Thanks anyways!!

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

This is a very different soup recipe. Never tried this before. Love the name of the soup. U have presented it great. YUM!.... Congrats on ur award. U really deserve it. Thanks a lot for passing it to me...

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

Thanks a lot Sukanya! Enjoy ur award!

Swati Raman Garg said...

i love thupka... had tried it once... and urs looks too tempting... and u r one person who deserves all these awards.. congrats....

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

Thanks a lot Swati!

Mrs.SriLekha said...

hi jz
its sri from srishkitchen.blogspot.com. the soup is different and even it name too. its mouth watering. i came to know abt u first in great cooks community. lets keep in touch and when time permits have a look at my blog

Meena said...

Love the soup JZ, a perfect meal to relax with!

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

Thanks Srilekha and Meena!