Monsoon Recipe: Easy Thupka Soup for Rainy Days

As the rainy season sets in, it brings along a craving for warm and comforting meals. One such dish that perfectly complements the monsoon vibes is Thukpa. Originating from Tibet, Thukpa is a hearty noodle soup that combines aromatic flavors with nourishing ingredients. This soul-soothing dish not only satisfies your taste buds but also warms you up from within. Let’s dive into the recipe and learn how to make this delectable monsoon delight!


  • 200 grams of noodles (preferably flat or egg noodles)
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, grated
  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • 1 bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cabbage, shredded
  • 200 grams of boneless chicken, thinly sliced (optional for the non-vegetarian version)
  • 4 cups of chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili sauce (adjust to taste)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped (for garnish)
  • Fresh lime wedges (for serving)


  1. Cook the noodles according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the sliced onion and sauté until translucent.
  3. Add minced garlic and grated ginger to the pot. Sauté for another minute until fragrant.
  4. If using chicken, add the thinly sliced chicken to the pot and cook until it turns white and is no longer pink.
  5. Now, add the julienned carrot, sliced bell pepper, and shredded cabbage to the pot. Stir-fry for a couple of minutes until the vegetables start to soften.
  6. Pour the chicken or vegetable broth into the pot. Bring it to a boil and let it simmer for about 10–15 minutes until the vegetables are cooked through.
  7. Add soy sauce and chili sauce to the pot. Season with salt and pepper according to your taste preferences. Adjust the seasoning and spiciness as desired.
  8. To serve, place a portion of cooked noodles into individual serving bowls. Ladle the hot soup with vegetables and chicken (if using) over the noodles.
  9. Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro for added freshness and a burst of flavor.
  10. Serve the Thukpa hot with lime wedges on the side. Squeeze lime juice over the soup before enjoying it, as it adds a tangy kick to the dish.

Thukpa is not only a delicious meal but also a versatile one. You can customize it to suit your taste by adding or substituting vegetables or proteins. For a vegetarian version, skip the chicken and add more vegetables like mushrooms or tofu.

This monsoon, treat yourself to a piping hot bowl of Thukpa and let its aromatic flavors and comforting warmth transport you to a cozy haven. It’s a delightful dish that will surely uplift your mood and satisfy your cravings on those rainy days. So, grab your ingredients, get cooking, and savor the goodness of Thukpa during this monsoon season!

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