Continuing with this month’s Indian Food Odyssey, we are off to one of the small Northeastern states located along the Chinese border.
Arunachal Pradesh is one of the Seven Sisters. The seven sisters refers to seven Indian states located in the northeast part of the country. Much of these states are tribal with many Tibeto-Burman and Austroasiatic languages being spoken. Arunachal Pradesh shares borders with Bhutan and Myanmar, as well as China. In fact, China even claims much of the state as part of Tibet and refers to it as South Tibet.
Northeast India is one of the most beautiful parts of India and especially Arunachal Pradesh which includes part of the Himalayan range. Due to tribal unrest in the northeast region of India, it is not always the safest place to travel. Do some research first or consult a travel agent, but I think this would be a very interesting region to explore for its unique culture and cuisine.
I’ve added all 30 state of India to my Bucket List 🙂
|Arunachal Pradesh – Wikipedia|
Thupka…Thukpa…I’ve seen it spelled both ways and not sure which is correct. Thupka is a dish of eastern Nepalese origin that is very popular throughout Nepal and Tibet. Additionally, it has become popular in Bhutan and the Indian states of Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh along the Chinese border as well as the Ladakh region of Kashmir. It’s basically a noodle soup. Although vegetarian and chicken versions exist, it is most often made with yak, lamb, beef or pork.
The varieties are endless as it can be made with any variety of vegetables and meat. The most popular vegetables to include are daikon radish, bamboo shoots, carrots and cabbage. Due to Arunachal Pradesh’s proximity to China, Chinese vegetables are common in their cuisine. This is a common street food in the area, often served with momos.
Here is my version of this soup.
- 13 oz. stewing pork meat
- 11 oz. lamb with bones
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 oz. ginger, finely chopped
- 5 tablespoons oil
- 12 cups water
- 1 teaspoon cumin seed
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon Szechuan pepper
- salt, to taste
- 7 oz. Chinese rice noodles (you can also use egg noodles)
- 1 cup carrots, cut into julienne/matchsticks (about 4 oz.)
- 1 cup daikon, cut into julienne/matchsticks (about 4 oz.)
- 2 cups bok choy, chopped
- 2 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
- chopped scallion greens, for garnish
Garnish with scallion greens.
The meat was so soft and tender.
…linking to Souper Sunday
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