The first time I had this soup was in Darjeeling, out of sheer curiousity-the name itself got me interested as to what it might be,and I haven't forgotten the taste ever since....
All of you who have ever been to this part of India would totally agree-the place is breathtakingly beautiful, I had gone there on a school trip - my first ever experience of staying away from home for 10 days! Can you imagine the sense of freedom :) only any of you who have studied in a Convent will be able to understand what I am talking about!!!
Anyway's apart from eyeing all the guys around (haha the good ol' days) ,we learnt a lot too- mainly about Buddhists(the place is dotted with beautiful monastries)we also saw Sikkim, Gangtok and all the neighbouring areas.Darjeeling has loads of Tea-gardens as all of you know, we bought several tins of this prized tea back with us.
Sikkim has Tiger Hill close by ,which is supposedly the closest you can get to seeing the Sun rise anywhere on Earth,we had to get up at 4 in the morning and jeep's take you up a very steep hill, almost vertical -then all you got to do is wait with chattering teeth and bitter winds -for the Sun to rise,but it's totally worth it,the Sun as it rises seems HUGE right in front of you,if you can imagine in your head what I am talking about,the Sun is so close you will feel direct heat on your face-Memorable sight!
Last but not the least the huge variety of Orchids and the Cuisine you get there, makes you want to go there again and again and again...
Now let's make the Thukpa first !
- Tomatoes- 5 large and ripe
- Ginger & Garlic paste-1 tsp
- Carrots-1/2 cup sliced
- French beans- 1/2 cup chopped
- Cabbage- few leaves (tear into bite-sized pieces)
- Cauliflower- separate into small florets
- Aji-no-moto- a pinch
- Green chillies- 2 sliced
- Noodles/pasta- 1/2 cup raw
- Lemon juice- 1 tbsp.
- Chopped coriander/cilantro-a handful
- Sugar- 1/2 tsp
- Salt and pepper to taste
Chop tomatoes roughly add ginger and garlic and give several whistles in the pressure cooker, cool, blend and strain.
Put on heat again ,add the rest of the ingredients except for salt, lemon juice ,cabbage, coriander and ajinomoto and cook till veggies are done but still crunchy, add the seasonings and cabbage, cook for few seconds, garnish with cilantro and serve- SLURP! SLURP!
Thukpa- a spicy Tibetan soup
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