How to make Nepali Thokpa

Thokpa is boiled noodles, filtered and mixed with vegetables and meat items. Thokpa is also called Thukpa, It is very popular in Kathmandu and Mountain region of Nepal.It is eaten mostly during winter. Thokpa is noodles dipped in very hot soup, so it is good in cold places. It keeps you warm. 

It has its own chili dipped vinegar source. People prefer hot and spicy tomato Achar with this item too. Thokpa is eaten generally for Khaja at noon or meals in night.   






Big pan 2

Spatula 1

Bowl for serving





Rice noodles (Spaghetti) -1 lb

Chicken Broth- 6 cups

Grilled chicken breast, cut into very thin 1/8 inch slices -1/2 lb

Carrot- cut in cube 1/2 cup

Red bell pepper cut in cubes -1/2 cup

Cooking oil -1 tablespoon

Salt and pepper, as needed

Chopped cilantro (to garnish) -1 tablespoon


Ingredients for Soup Paste


Garlic minced 1 teaspoon

Ginger, minced 1 teaspoon

Red Chili Pepper-2 fresh

Tomatoes -1/2 cup

Fresh cilantro minced -1 tablespoon

Cumin seed-1 teaspoon toasted

Turmeric -1/2 teaspoon

Peppercorn Szechwan (timur)-1/2 teaspoon

Asafoetida (Hingpowder- 1/16 teaspoon

Lime Juice- 1 table spoon freshly squeezed




Boil half liter water in a big pan.  When the water starts having bubbles add the Spaghetti.


In the same time take a blender and mix all soup paste ingredients into a thick paste; reserve in a small     bowl.


When the spaghetti is soft take it off the heat and soak the excess water.


Wash the spaghetti in running cold water.


In a sauce pan heat cooking oil; add soup paste, fry for about 30 seconds


Add chicken broth and mix well.


Bring to a boil; set heat to low and cook for a few minutes; adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.


Add all vegetables into the soup mixture; cook for a few minutes or until tender.


Add the Spaghetti in the mixture


You may add more broth if a soupier consistency is desired.


Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

To serve, pour soup broth into a serving bowl and add grilled chicken slices and cooked rice noodles.


Serve immediately.


Add hot chili sauce or tomato achar to the soup if you desire spicy soup broth.