In today’s time, we have to live such a busy life that we often have to compromise with our health. We live in cities where everything is available to make our lives easier still we fail to make ourselves healthy and stout. On the other hand, the people living far away from the cities, are much stronger compared to us. The reason behind this is the pollution free environment and fresh vegetables and food items available in those areas. India is a land with diverse culture and traditions and the hills, its people, their culture, traditions and cuisines are equally one of the important assets of this country.
One such beautiful hill station in India is Sikkim, located in the abode of the mighty Himalayas. It shares its boundary with Nepal and on this very border stands the Kangchenjunga, the third highest peak of the world. Besides that, Sikkim is very well known for its attractive tourist spots, it is a perfect holiday destination. Another reason for visiting Sikkim can also be to taste its exquisite traditional food. The food style of Sikkim’s local people draws heavily from the Nepali as well as the Tibetan cuisines because these neighbouring countries almost share their borders with Sikkim. One of the dish famous in Sikkim is the steam momo served with vegetable soup and hot chilli paste and has become popular all over the country as a snack/fast-food item.
Preparation of momo is known to many people and one can easily find the recipe in the internet. However, apart from main course foods, here are some recipes of soups from Sikkim which not only are delicious but are also nutritious. You may savour these soups along with enjoy the view of the snow-capped mountains in Sikkim itself, if that is not possible, you may enjoy these soups right at your home in rainy days as well as to beat the winter chills prepared by yourself.
#Recipe 1: Thukpa (Egg-noodle soup)
- Chicken Stock – 1 litre
- Egg Noodles – ½ packet
- Eggs (whisked)- 2
- Spring onions (finely chopped)-3sprigs
- Sunflower/vegetable oil-2tbsp
- Garlic clove(chopped)-1tablespoon
- Coriander leaves chopped
Boil the noodles as per instructions in the packet and drain the water and keep it aside. Heat oil in a pan and fry the spring onion till they become soft. Add the garlic and stir fry for some time. Add the stock and add salt and let it boil for 10 minutes. Slowly pour the egg into the stock and keep stirring. Turn off the gas. To serve the soup, take a soup bowl and add the boiled noodles, pour the broth over it. Top it with coriander leaves over it and serve it hot.
#Recipe:2 Gundruk Soup:
- Tomato(finely chopped)-1
- Dry red chilli-2
- Turmeric powder-1/2tablespoon
- Salt to taste
Gundruk is a dry leafy vegetable which is native to Nepal but is also abundant in Sikkim also. Soak all the Gundruk in water for 10 minutes. Take pan, heat oil and add the chillies then fry the onion and tomato. Add the turmeric powder and mix nicely. Drain water from the Gundruk and add it to the pan, add about two generous cups of water, let it boil for 10 minutes add salt. The soup is ready to serve.
So here are the two popular soup dishes from Sikkim which you may serve with nicely made steam momos and can be prepared in a jiffy. Tip: Add boiled veggies to make it look colourful and use the stock instead of normal water.