Every millennial’s best friend is that one packet of Maggi or any instant noodles, sitting patiently in the corner shelf, until it is deemed an emergency enough to bring it out. Whether it's assignments piling up, or sleepless nights, or simply not having the taste buds for ghar ka khaana, Maggi never disappoints. Though getting a lot of flak for being a cheap alternative, the instant noodles are a heavenly concept and are worthy of more attention. So we suggest, why not have an upgrade? If you’ve been eating the noodles straight from the packet, to the pan, to your plate, you should know there are plenty of different alternatives. Try these hacks and thank us later!
A crunchy instant noodle sandwich
Though filling as a meal, the essentials required for this are bare minimum. If your freezer has some stocked up meats, and you’ve got a generous amount of cheese to let melt within the noodles, that’s all it takes to assemble this quick fix. There’s some satisfaction of eating sandwiches, to convince your mum and your mind you’re eating healthy, and on the bright side, you don’t miss out on the instant noodles!
Recipe: Cook the Maggi noodles in boiling water for 3 mins. Grease a container and put the noodles into this, pressing them down, so they are flat within the tub. Cool in the fridge for 15 minutes, meanwhile you get the meat (bacon) and cheese ready. In a frying pan, add butter, and lay the noodle cake on the pan, frying till slightly brown. Cut the noodle cake in half, and add the cheese and bacon. Leave the patties open-faced for 7-8 mins on the flame, to allow the cheese to melt on the noodles. Lay two patties on top of each other, to get your noodle sandwich!
It’s time to minimize your rendez-vous to fancy continental restos, and trust your own gut to make you some mind-boggling spaghetti! Toss those instant noodles in some sauce, which could be any flavour under the sun, and voila! Here’s looking at some saucy, spicy, marinated bits of dough, all twirled up into a bowl of happiness!
Recipe: Boil the Maggi noodles, without adding the tastemaker to it. Drain out the water. Heat a bowlful of sauce (chilli, tomato, peri peri, garlic or any flavour you want) till it is hot enough. Mix the noodles with the sauce, and you have your spaghetti. Garnish with cheese, if you’d like to.
Lemon garlic instant noodles
Albeit a little fancy, and sure leading you to doubt your novice skills of cooking, the lemon garlic Maggi is perhaps the simplest of all. Have some garlic to spare? Then that’s what will do the trick! Every Indian household never falls short of that half lemon in the side of the fridge, and you could use it to add some seasoning into your tuck-in.
Recipe: Add 2 tablespoons of butter to minced garlic in a pan, on medium flame, stirring continuously, until the garlic begins to get golden. Add the Maggi noodles, with the needed water and a half cup of lemon juice, stirring every 20-30 secs so that the noodles cook evenly. Cook until the water evaporates. Take off the pan and add butter to the mixture.
Poached egg instant noodles
Crack the egg in a ladle, and once it’s poached post immersing it in a bowl of hot water, just add this to your Maggi. A complete meal, this is healthy and nourishing too.
Get yourself a packet of chicken Maggi noodles, add some pineapple toppings to it and the two infuse to give you a dish that will transport you to the sandy beaches and waters. With all the chaos the pandemic has created, this may be your best idea of a vacation!
Recipe: Cook the maggi noodles, according to the directions on the packet. Drain the excess water. In another pan, add chicken broth and ginger, till it comes to a boil. On a low flame, add the soy sauce and toppings you’d like. Simmer for 5 minutes, until the toppings are cooked and remove from the heat. Pour this mix onto your noodles and voila! You have your Saimin- hawaiian themed instant noodles!
Instant noodle curry
“You’ve had enough curry” said no Indian mother ever. This is one sure way of ensuring Maggi gets it’s well deserved special place in your mother’s heart! So get the curry powder, cumin and red chilli flakes out, and let your noodles boil in the infusion of the three, giving birth to a delectable curry meal.
Recipe: Cook the maggi according to the packet instructions. Add 1 tsp curry powder and ½ tsp cumin to the boiling noodles and allow to cook for 5 minutes till the noodles are cooked. Garnish with red pepper flakes.
Maggi as dessert
The instant noodle lovers will argue that Maggi shouldn’t be ignored when it comes to dessert! So with a melange of brown sugar, vanilla, whipped cream and noodles, you’re about to witness a chocolatey pudding like bake.
Recipe: Boil the instant noodles with 2 cups of hot water, not adding the taste maker.Add 1 cup of brown sugar to the boiling noodles. Remove from heat and drain most of the water. Add 1 tsp vanilla extract and chocolate syrup (depending on how chocolatey you want it). Sprinkle powdered sugar and add a dollop of whipped cream.
If you’re venturing on making the noodles healthy enough, toss it up in some veggies, whichever one’s you’d like. Add melted cheese and you’ll have yourself a crispy cheesy dish. Our kind of frittatas!
Recipe: Cook the noodles till tender, without the seasoning. In a bowl, whisk 6 eggs along with the seasoning of the noodles. Add this mixture to the noodles. Melt butter in a pan over medium heat. Add the noodle mixture to this and cook for 5-7 minutes. Cut the noodle cakes and flip them till the other side is brown. Add cheese to this.
Green pepper and chicken Maggi
Juicy chicken pieces mixed with the crunchiness of instant noodles, and some green pepper to spice it up, is what gives this dish the flavour it needs! The meat lovers will get their fill of protein and you could even add some egg to the dish, if you’re craving the distinctive flavour the combination provides.
Recipe: Whisk together ¼ cup of soy sauce, ¼ cup vinegar and ¾ cup water. Boil 4 eggs in a pot for around 7 minutes and then put these eggs to cool in an ice bath. Shell the eggs and place them in the marinade, once cool. Keep this set up for several hours. Cook the Maggi noodles according to the packet instructions. Now to prepare the soup, in a pan, add 1 sliced onion and saute for 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and saute for another 2-3 minutes. Add 1 tbsp of ginger and 4 minced garlic cloves and fry. Add 4 cups of the chicken broth and 1 cup of water, ½ cup soy sauce, ¼ cup rice vinegar, stir to combine. Bring back to a simmer. When broth reaches a simmer, add the chicken pieces. Simmer for 15-20 minutes until the chicken is cooked. Add the mix to the noodles and then place the eggs in the broth and serve.
Try these out, and cook up your ingenious recipes too! The best part is that ramen allows you to experiment and get your creative juices flowing. And what’s more, there’s never a chance of going wrong with the additives. You’ll just end up discovering the hack of your life! Check out some more ideas here.