Nutritious way of cooking instant noodles!

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Mummy mujhko bhukh lagi, Maggi chahiye mujhe abhi…
Maggi… Maggi… Maggi…
Bus 2 minute!!!

I used to love this jingle as a kid. Maggi Noodles is certainly a favorite amongst all of us. In fact, Maggi had such a monopoly over instant noodles market, that others like Top Ramen, et al never really took off. Every child in India knows noodles as Maggi! Thats the power the brand of Maggi has!! Most people may not even know Maggi for their other products. For them Maggi stands for instant noodles!

Well… they are my favorite too… But, certainly not my mom’s favorite. I remember those days when my sister and I would come up with all kinds of excuses to coax mom into making maggi! I distinctly remember sundays as the only day of the week, when we were allowed to officially cook Maggi! :) The reason is obvious: Maggi is convenient and tasty but not really healthy!

For all those who love Maggi noodles as much as I do and also are concerned about their health, here is a ready reckoner!

Normally we cook the instant noodles by putting them into a pot of boiling water, throwing in the masala and letting it cook for around 3 minutes. Thats when it’s ready to eat.

Kindly note, this is an incorrect way of cooking Maggi!

By doing this, when we actually boil the ingredients in the powder, normally with MSG, it will change the molecular structures of the MSG causing it to be toxic.

The other thing that you may or may not realize is that, the noodles are coated with wax and it will take around 4 to 5 days for the body to excrete the wax after you have taken the noodles. 

Correct Method to prepare Maggi

  1. Boil the noodles in a pot with water. 
  2. Once the noodles is cooked, take out the noodles, and throw away the water which contains wax.
  3. Boil another pot of water till boiling and put the noodles into the hot boiling water and then turn off the fire.
  4. Only at this stage when the fire is off, and while the water is very hot, put the ingredient with the powder into the water, to make noodle soup.
  5. However, if you need dry noodles, take out the noodles and add the ingredient with the powder and toss it to get dry noodles.

Dietician’s Note

If you buy plain hakka noodles, you initially boil them in water and then discard that water. This will soften the noodles. Now, to prevent it from sticking, you need to add a tbsp of oil. The truth is that the noodles are already deep fried partially to make them crunchy and then dusted with flour to prevent it from sticking while boiling.

Hence when you buy noodles they are already made unhealthy and this is the type we use to make stir fry noodles. The regular maggi is also made the same way. Over and above that, they further add MSG/Ajinomoto and other chemical preservatives to these noodles.

A large number of patients in the age group of 18-24 years are ending up with pancreatitis either as a swelling or infection of the pancreas due to regular consumption of instant noodles…. If the frequency of consumption is more than 3 times a week, then it is very hazardous…

To conclude, let me tell you guys my favorite way of making Maggi:

  1. Boil plain maggi (without Masala) till it is soft and cooked.
  2. Drain away the water.
  3. Move maggi now to a pan with holes at the bottom to drain off the water easily.
  4. After changing the vessel, put Maggi under flowing tap water. This will ensure the Noodles dont stick together
  5. Now, take a frying pan, and fry finely chopped onions
  6. Once they turn reddish brown in color and crisp, add Maggi Masala to the pan and mix it well.
  7. You can add vegetables like peas, carrots, etc based on your preference
  8. To this mixture, now add Maggi noodles.
  9. Mix it well and serve hot!

Happy eating! :)

[PS I wanna eat Maggi now :( ]

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53 responses »

  1. How do you know so much about Maggi? The next time you and I are in the vicinity of the same kitchen, you gonna teach me this one… just like I learnt the coconut and corinader chutney from you when you had made it for us… We still make the chutney as often as coconuts are available in our home… which is not often for a north Indian :)

  2. Maggi is the first thing a hosteler learns to cook :D with time I improved it and now maggi cooked by me is a favorite at my home. And its almost the way u cook it!! except i add small slices of potatoes ( i can put n eat potatoes in anything) and while stirring the maggi I add lil tomato sauce too. But there are some people who really cook it the 2 minute way and that maggi tastes horrible.

  3. @Anamika: Internet :) Sure thing :) its quite simple though… u will just have to follow the steps I have mentioned and voila!! :) Wow! Thats awesome :)

    @Reema: Yupperssss.. Wow! Thats a good tip… Havent tried it with potatoes yet :)

    @Shyam: Lol! :) Aa jao bangalore, khila dungi Maggi :)

    @Xylene: Yup it is :)

    @Wasshappening: Wow! Let us know how it was :)

    @Ish: Same pinch… Me neither… :) It tastes better!! Trust me it does!!! Its crispier and yummmm…. aur kya bataun! :D

  4. whoa..eye opener..didn’t really know about the wax content..

    I was an ardent maggi fan up until a few years ago, but an up chuck incident made me switch over to top ramen..

  5. that was a good one! usually maggied is not prepared at my place… its not a strict no-no for my kiddo, but i don’t encourage so she is also not much addicted.

    but now thanks to you, whenever i prepareit, i will preapare it in a better way! :)

  6. Interesting. Quite like making pasta, except no sauces added in this one. Good one! I’ll try it out next time.
    Cheers!!

  7. Hi,

    I was wondering .. have u ever tried making the maggi masala at home so that we can avoid the msg? I tried a combination of onion powder, garlic salt, turmeric powder and garam masala. It kind of came close.. but there was somehting missing. When I read this, i thought i will ask. My main intention is to avoid the msg cos I have a kid who likes maggi but I wish I cd make it healthier. Why can’t maggi come with a no msg version for kids ?

  8. Gosh!!! I love Maggi a Loooot, and knowing this was pretty shocking for me .. !!!!!
    Thank you for sharing with us such valuable information, Guess consumers shouldnt trust any of the product out there and always weigh their options and knowledge …

    Jazakallah Nova.

  9. I just wanted to ask if the same can be said about Top Ramen too, as in, do you mean all instant noodles when you refer to Maggi?

    I like Top Ramen more than Maggi, I find it tastier and smoother and non-sticky…

  10. “do min ruk sakte hain sar ke bal reh sakte hain, kyunki
    badi gazab ki bhook lagi maggie chahiye mujhe abhi” :D

    There was a time when I cud survive with maggies as three times in a meal…then i had to get deaddicted as it has so many negatives :(

    But u r write the way Maggie has penetrated the market none other co cud do that, In fact i remember they used to give away free samples in school…that was very well synchronised marketing move….

    Your fav way of making them is mine fav too :D I just add extra spice :)

    PS Lovely-2 blog

    PPS Adding u to my blog rol :)

  11. I too add veggies….
    One more point regarding MSG-its bad for females-gives problems in conceiving…..

    And wow-your theme is too pretty…no wonder you’re given the prestigiou title by Reema… :)

  12. Wow.
    I can’t spend three days without maggi. and I didn’t know all this abt the wax et al. Ok, from now on I’ll make it your way but i won’t tell mom why. ;P

  13. @Sandeep: Yes you do

    @Lemonade: What was that incident lemonade? M getting curious now

    @Sakhi: U r most welcome

    @Megcloud9: hehehehhe

    @Kanan: U r most welcome

    @Lekhni:

    @Abishek: Yes… quite like making pasta!!

    @Anusha: Not yet… I think the tatse of maggi lies in its masala. If u remove it, there is nothing left to it :( But yeah, u have a valid point… Maggi should make noodles without MSG at least for kids

    @Maryam: U r most welcome Maryam

    @Ashes: Yes absolutely… All are different forms of noodles… thats all!!

    @Daroga: Thanks so much Keep visiting

    @S: Awesome And thanks so much

    @Anshul: so, how did it turn out to be?

    @Mahak: Thanks for enlightening us Mahak by telling us about another reason one should avoid Maggi, specially women! Thanks so much!

    @Grubhogs: Sure will.

    @Nids: Lol!

  14. @Nova – Damn, so many things about Maggi I never knew. Let me try it your way – hope that it would taste the same :) Also, when are you treating me with Maggi (urstyle?) over a foosball game? :D :P

  15. Well, I think its difficult method of making maggie. But I didn’t knew the thing about wax though.
    And I just had my lunch but now I need maggie. :D

  16. That was some information! Thanks so much. :)

    I too like Maggi very much but prepare it in the same conventional way which is given at the back of the packet. But from now onwards I will prepare it the way you told here. :P

  17. Hi,

    This is how I cook my maggi or any instant noodles for that matter:

    1. Put noodles in boiling water.
    2. While noodles are boiling, get a pan out, put a drop or 2 of oil.
    3. Put onions, green peppers, potatoes in.
    4. Add curry powder (guys it’s very easy to duplicate the masala that comes with maggi, it’s the same way you cook any indian food).
    5. Now here’s the unique part: Add 2 eggs, scramble them with the vegetables.
    6. Your noodles should be done now, put vegetables to low flame.
    7. Drain all the water.
    8. Put the noodles on the pan.
    9. Put ketchup with the maggi.
    10. Mix it in the pan, then serve on the plate!

    Best instant noodles I’ve ever had. I’ve even convinced my japanese and chinese friends to do these steps. Oh btw, green onions are recommended if you have. If not, then any red onion or any other onion will do.

  18. Well…After copy pasting the link of this post 15 times at least, I felt I *had* to comment. Thanks a lot for making so many of my friends happy with your master recipe… Frankly I haven’t tried it yet on my own and had it as there is no gas at home and everybody is lazy to get renewal done…

    Please post such tips like these again if you can. I like all the other articles too..Thanks again… :)

  19. @RJ: Lol!!! :P U wont leave behind foosball will you?? :P

    @Suda: Its not that difficult Suda. Try it out :)

    @Withering Willow: U r most welcome :)

    @Ahmad: They put MSG for crispiness!

    @Aiyush: Thanks for sharing your recipe with us :)

    @Karthik: Thanks :) Both for passing it on to your friends and for commenting. It feels great to know that someone is benefitted out of this :) Do keep visiting :)

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  23. Question – If maggi has wax in it, how come its not written in the list of ingredients…all I see is Wheat flour/Gluten, Guar gum,salt. Am I missing something? Is there even a edible wax?

  24. I never knew about all those important facts!
    I used to just put the powder in with the maggi first, boil them and eat it like that.
    Now, i’m gonna cook it the way you told it here.
    Thanx!

  25. Taste maker substitute

    kaal tsp dhania powder
    2 pinches amchur powder
    almost half a tsp garam masala
    almost half a tsp tandoori masala
    a pinch turmeric powder
    kaal tsp salt

    put everything in water first and let it boil for a min. then add drained noodles and cook as needed. Try this one out. Ofcourse, for people who do not mind onion and garlic , include those powders. Keep tweaking it acc to your taste. yum !

    Anusha V

  26. My way of making a delicious maggi mee is different.

    First boil the maggi mee for 2 min until it become soft. while waiting, take another pot amd prepare 2 half boil eggs. (u should know what’s a half boil egg, prepared by putting whole egg without breaking it into the pot and cover it for 3 min until the content inside get slightly hot but the egg york is still watery while the egg white becomes white but not hard.)AFter the maggi mee is cooked, pour the soup away and also i do not add the seasoning powder cos it contains MSG which is not good for health. After draining the soup away, pour mee into a bowl. At the same time, the eggs should be ready. Crack the half boiled eggs into another small bowl and stir it with a chopstick. Add dark soya sauce and pepper to the egg and stir it again.. then pour the egg onto the maggi mee and stir it again.. add some ketchup to it! then stir again..

    Now u have a very good n tasty dry maggi mee to eat! :)

  27. hoo,my way of making noodles is simple &tasty.
    1)by boiling the water,the noodle cake is breaked&directly put into water.
    2)adding tastemaker to it,cook for 2min in open pan,stir repetedly,by not draing the water.serve hot.
    always maggi noodles gave me good company during my college days in hostel.thak yuo maggi.

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