Nepali Thukpa Recipe: A Warm and Comforting Noodle Soup

Thukpa is a popular Nepali Thukpa Recipe from Nepal and Tibet. It is a hearty and flavorful soup that is perfect for a cold day. The soup is made with a variety of vegetables, spices, and meat or chicken. The noodles are typically handmade and are thick and chewy.

Ingredients for Nepali Thukpa Recipe

  • For the soup base:
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
    • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder
    • 6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
    • Salt and pepper to taste
  • For the vegetables:
    • 1 carrot, shredded
    • 1/2 head cabbage, shredded
    • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
    • 1/2 cup snow peas
  • For the meat:
    • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
    • Or, you can use ground beef or pork.
  • For the noodles:
    • 2 cups handmade noodles
  • For the toppings:
    • Chopped cilantro
    • Sesame seeds
    • Sriracha sauce
    • Lemon wedges


  1. Make the soup base: Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, turmeric, cumin, coriander, and red chili powder and cook for 1 minute more, stirring constantly.
  2. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the vegetables and meat (if using) and cook until the vegetables are tender and the meat is cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the noodles and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve hot, garnished with cilantro, sesame seeds, sriracha sauce, and lemon wedges.

Also read: Laphing Recipe: A Taste of Tibet


  • You can use any type of vegetable that you like in this soup. Other good options include broccoli, zucchini, and mushrooms.
  • If you are using ground beef or pork, cook it in a skillet over medium heat until browned before adding it to the soup.
  • You can adjust the amount of spices to your liking.
  • If you don’t have handmade noodles, you can use store-bought egg noodles or rice noodles.

Enjoy this delicious and comforting Nepali thukpa recipe!

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