Experimenting with Maggi: Try these recipes at home during lockdown

Experimenting with Maggi: Try these recipes at home during lockdown

Maggi, the quick 2-minute instant noodles, is an absolute favourite of every person born in India in the 80s, 90s, and 2000s. One is unlikely to find a person in this country for whom Maggi isn’t comfort food. It is truly amazing how this brand of packaged food is available in even the remotest village and hilltop in India, being a savior to many a weary traveler and trekker.

Like all Indians, I too have grown up relishing Maggi every now and then. Today, in my 30s, I still love to binge on Maggi every once in a while. Indeed Maggi is a packaged food item that is often frowned upon as we’re all a lot more conscious of what we eat. However, you can actually turn around the dish and convert it into a healthy one for you and your family.

Here are some of these delicious yet healthy Maggi recipes for you to try out:

Italian Maggi Recipe
This Maggi has all the flavours of Italian pasta and is made with mushrooms, marinara or pasta sauce, olives, basil and cheese. One can even add some chicken or broccoli to the recipe.

1 pack of Maggi noodles
1 tsp of oil
2 cloves of chopped garlic
1 cup of diced mushrooms
½ cup of red pasta sauce or marinara sauce
2 tablespoons of sliced olives
A few fresh basil leaves
Grated cheese, Italian herbs and salt

Cook the Maggi noodles as per the instructions given on the pack but without using the tastemaker masala. Drain the Maggi and keep it aside
Take a pan, add oil, add the garlic and mushrooms and sauté for a while
Add the pasta sauce and Italian herbs to it and cook for some time till the sauce doesn’t come to a boil
Switch off the flame and top the sauce with olives, basil
Pour the sauce over the cooked noodles and garnish with grated cheese

Maggi Noodles Ramen
Ramen is a delicious Japanese noodle soup-based dish that is made using meat or fish, vegetables like spinach and flavoured with either soy sauce or miso. Here is a simple and quick way of making ramen at home with Maggi!

½ tbsp cooking oil
1 clove of minced garlic
½ tsp freshly grated ginger
1 small cup of sliced mushrooms
1 cup of vegetable stock
1 cup of water
1 pack of Maggi noodles
1 cup washed spinach leaves
1 egg
1 sliced, large onion
Chilli sauce or Sriracha sauce to taste

Take a saucepan, add the oil, garlic and ginger to it and sauté for some time. Add the sliced mushrooms and sauté again for a minute
Add the vegetable stock and water and bring to a boil
Once the broth is boiling, add the uncooked Maggi from the pack (Discard the tastemaker). Boil for about 3 mins but stop before the noodle softens
Add the spinach and cook the noodles now until it softens. Put the flame on low and break the egg in the broth, and let it sit until the egg white is cooked and the egg yolk is still runny. Do not start stirring the egg immediately on cracking it
You can also soft boil the egg separately and add it to the ramen
Garnish the ramen with the sliced onions and chilli sauce

Maggi Spring Rolls
You must have surely tried vegetable or chicken spring rolls at chinese restaurants in India. But have you ever had the spring rolls that are made with Maggi? Presenting the recipe for this unique dish. The best part – it can be made easily at home!

200 grams refined flour (maida)
1 tsp semolina (sooji)
1 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp salt
A little water (for kneading)
2 packets of Maggi
1 large onion, finely sliced
2 small carrots, finely sliced
1 green capsicum, finely sliced
1 tbsp tomato ketchup
1 tsp red chilli sauce
1 tsp green chilli sauce
1 tsp soy sauce
2 sachets Maggi masala
½ tsp black pepper powder
1tbsp oil (for frying and cooking the filling)

Cook the Maggi noodles as per the instructions given on the pack but without using the tastemaker masala. Drain the Maggi and keep it aside.
Take a bowl, add the semolina, flour, vinegar and salt. Mix and knead well into a soft dough. Let it rest for 5 min
Make small balls from the dough. Roll each dough ball into a 3–4-inch circle like for a poori
Take one dough circle, apply oil on it and sprinkle it with flour. Place another dough circle on top of it. Roll it into a 6-7 inch circle like a roti
Heat a tawa and cook the dough circles on each side for 10 seconds on a high flame
Remove the cooked dough and separate them, cover them with a wet cloth and keep aside
Take a pan, add oil, add the sliced onions and saute them until transparent. Add the carrots and capsicum and saute again until both soften
Add all the sauces and the masalas. Mix well and cook for another 30 seconds
Add the boiled Maggi noodles, mix well and let it cool down
Take a dough circle, add the noodle in the centre, fold the circle in the shape of a spring roll and make sure that the end sticks with the help of a little water and flour mixed into a paste together
Deep fry the spring rolls in a frying pan until brown and crispy.

The Maggi Pie or The Mag-pie
This is a recipe that you would have never even imagined! A little tedious to make but totally worth the effort, is the Mag-pie.

100g butter
100g refined flour (maida)
1tsp salt
1tsp pepper
2 packets of Maggi
Grated cheese

Cook the Maggi as per the instructions given on the pack using the tastemaker as well, keep it a little liquidy
Break down the butter with your fingers and mix the flour and butter with your fingers into bread crumb consistency
Add a little water to make it into a dough. Cover the dough with a plastic wrap and keep it in the fridge for about 15 mins
Take the dough out and flatten it using a rolling pin
Take a round pie tray or baking dish. Line the side of the tray with some butter and dust it with a little flour as well
Line the baking dish with the dough. Make sure that the dough covers the inside and the sides of the tray properly. Use your fingers to flatten and spread the dough if needed to make sure that there is even amount of thickness in the dough at all sides
Pour the cooked, liquid Maggi in the centre of the dough
Add the grated cheese on the top and cover the Maggi
Bake in a pre-heated oven for about 15-20 minutes

We hope that you will enjoy trying out some of these Maggi recipes as much as we enjoyed sharing them with you! And if you have your own special Maggi recipe, please do share with us!

Bon Appetit!

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