If there is one food that needs no introduction, specially for the 80’s kids, it is this – Maggi noodles. I have eaten Maggi not just as a school kid, but during my hostel days, early career life, when bored, when not in a mood to cook, when tired or when just hungry! We never need a reason to eat Maggi you see… And goes without saying, my daughter loves it as much as we do too.
It’s one of the much loved street food too. College canteens, small eateries, street side vendors… everyone have their own way of serving this up.
And a recipe for Maggie? Yes it does exist. And it’s a bit more than just boiling it with the tastemaker/masala or throwing in some vegetables. Some days my daughter demands Maggi for lunch or dinner. And I want to make sure she doesn’t skip her serving of veggies with that meal. Boiling Maggi with vegetables doesn’t lift the taste much. But cooking it the way I have in this recipe definitely makes it instant goodness.
Maggi is definitely not a 2-minute noodles. So why not spend a few more minutes than just boiling it and enjoy it as a perfect snack or breakfast. Do try this way of making Maggi and let me know how you like it.
Maggi noodles packet – 3
Oil – 2 tbsp
Onion – 1 medium, sliced
Tomato – 1 small, chopped
Capsicum – ½ cup, diced (I used a mix of red and green)
Peas – ¼ cup
Garam masala – ½ tsp
Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
Salt – ½ tsp or as per taste (the tastemaker of maggi has salt in it)
Water – 5 cups
- Heat oil in a kadhai or fry pan and add sliced onions. Fry on meduim flame
- Once the onions are translucent, add capsicum, peas and saute for 1-2 minutes
- Add tomatoes, maggi tastemaker, red chilli powder, garam masala and salt (remember the taste maker has sufficient salt, so add accordingly)
- Reduce flame, cover and cook until the tomatoes and vegetables are nearly done
- Add water, increase flame and bring to boil
- Break the noodle blocks into 3-4 pieces
- Once the water is on rapid boil, add the maggi noodles
- Let it cook on high flame until the noodles are cooked and water evaporates. Do not cover and cook, else the noodles will become sticky
- Serve hot once done
- The tastemaker of maggi has lot of salt, so check the seasoning and add salt accordingly
- Once you add the noodles, keep the flame on high and cook. Do not cover and cook the noodles, else it will become sticky and mushy
- You may add other vegetables of your choice, like cauliflower, carrot, corn, mushroom, etc.
- You may add a scrambled egg at the end if you like