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5 top secret unconventional recipes to cook Maggi noodles
Maggi noodles are a cult snack. Ask any guy or gal who is put up in a hostel or those who stay alone, Maggi is their life line for survival. Last year many hearts broke after India's biggest noodle brand was banned over health concerns.

But, thankfully for those who had turned teary-eyed over the ban on Maggi, India's favourite noodle snack has made an emphatic comeback to recapture its lost market share. Guys, Maggi once again rules. According to Nestle, the makers of Maggi, the noodle brand has regained the top slot with 57 per cent share in the Indian noodles market.

Every true Maggi lover knows that this particular noodles brand has no substitute. Many new brands like Baba Ramdev's Patanjali Atta Noodles tried to replace Maggi, but they all lacked in taste. In particular, Patanjali noodles' tastemaker had no taste and the noodles had an awful texture.

But now that Maggi is back with a bang, why hold yourself back? Check out these top secret and innovative recipes to cook you favourite brand of noodles or simply to recycle the left over Maggi noodles from last night.

Maggi Chennai Express

We bet you would have never heard of this unique Maggi recipe. Maggi Chennai Express is a dish for those who love south Indian food, as it contains a twist of taste with added mustard seeds, which give it a unique traditional south Indian curry flavour. Here's the recipe for you:


Ingredients

  • Maggi noodles 1 packet

  • 1 and a half cups of water

  • 1 Tablespoon of butter or oil

  • Mustard seeds 1/2 teaspoon

  • A pinch of turmeric powder

  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder

  • Vinegar 1 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

Method

  • Heat oil or butter in a pan. When oil is hot, add mustard seeds to it.

  • Now add the water to the pan. When water starts to boil, add dry spices like turmeric, salt and red chilli powder to it.

  • Add Maggi noodles to the pan and bring the mixture to a boil.

  • At this stage add vinegar and remove the pan from the heat.

  • Garnish with freshly chopped coriander or celery and serve hot.

Maggi Masala Tikki

Well, this is one innovative and tasty dish which can be made by using left over Maggi noodles. What's even more impressive is that turning your left over Maggi into a succulent tikki requires just 10 minutes.


Ingredients

  • 1 packet of Maggi noodles

  • 2 boiled potatoes

  • 1 finely chopped onion

  • 1 carrot boiled

  • Bread crumbs (optional)

  • Salt to taste

  • 5 teaspoon cooking oil

  • 3 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste

  • 1 teaspoon chat masala

  • Some fresh chopped coriander leaves

Method

  • You could either opt for the left over Maggi or boil a fresh packet in water.

  • In a bowl, grate the boiled potatoes and mixed with boiled Maggi. Add carrots and other vegetables of your choice along with bread crumbs, if you like.

  • Add salt, ginger-garlic paste, chat masala and fresh coriander leaves to this mixture.

  • Mix all the ingredients together and shape into round tikkis.

  • Deep or shallow fry these tikkis as per liking.

  • For some extra zing, sprinkle some Maggi tastemaker on the hot tikkis.

Maggi Noodle Salad

If you are looking at having a quick healthy snack and also like the crunchy and crispy taste of raw Maggi then Maggi Noodle Salad is so your thing. This is a quick, simple, healthy and easy recipe to make.


Ingredients

  • Maggi noodles 1 packet

  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder

  • 2 pinches of rock salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered sugar

  • Salt to taste

  • 1 cucumber diced

  • 1 finely chopped onion

  • 1 finely chopped tomato

  • A few finely chopped mint and coriander leaves

  • 1 green chilli

  • 2-3 cloves of garlic

  • 1/4th teaspoon chat masala

Method

  • Break down your raw Maggi into small curls and dry roast them in a heavy pan until they turn light brown.

  • In a large bowl, add chopped cucumber, tomato and onion.

  • Coarsely crush green chilli and garlic cloves and add to the bowl.

  • Now add the dry spices like salt, sugar, cumin and rock salt to the mixture.

  • Now add the roasted Maggi noodles to the mixture and mix well.

  • Garnish with fresh coriander and mint leaves and serve.

  • You can squeeze in 1/2 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice over the salad for some extra kick.

Maggi Bhel

Bhel Puri is Mumbai's famous street food. Conventionally, it's made from puffed rice, onions, tomatoes and potatoes and added with an assortment of condiments and chutneys. Ask any Mumbaikar, he will swear by the tangy and spicy taste of Bhel Puri. But, did you know that Maggi noodles can be used to recreate a perfect Bhel Puri at home.


Ingredients

  • 2 packets of Maggi noodles

  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

  • 2-4 tablespoons of tomato ketchup

  • 1 large onion finely chopped

  • 2 large tomatoes finely chopped

  • 2-4 green chillies chopped

  • Some fresh coriander leaves or cilantro chopped

Method

  • Use any wooden implement to crush Maggi in the packet to break down the noodles into smaller pieces.

  • Add oil in the pan and heat. Now add the Maggi and fry till the color of noodles changes to pink.

  • Drain the excess oil and pat dry the fried noodles with a tissue paper.

  • In a bowl, add chopped coriander leaves, tomato, green chillies and onion and mix well.

  • Open tastemaker sachets and retrieve the contents in a small dish. Now mix tomato ketchup to the tastemaker and adjust the consistency as not being either too thick or too liquid.

  • Add this mixture of ketchup and tastemaker to the chopped vegetables.

  • Now add the fried Maggi to the bowl and mix well. You're done.

Maggi Pulao

Of all the bizarre and unconventional recipes of Maggi noodles that you might have come across, perhaps Maggi Pulao is the most offbeat. Hardly a handful of people know how to cook this recipe almost flawlessly. But, this recipe is definitely worth a try.


Ingredients

  • 1 packet Maggi noodles

  • 1 finely chopped onion

  • 1 finely chopped tomato

  • 1 chopped capsicum

  • 1/2 cup boiled peas

  • 1/2 cup boiled and chopped potatoes

  • 1 cup boiled rice

  • 1 green chilli chopped

  • A pinch of turmeric

  • 1/4th tablespoon chilli powder

  • 1 tablespoon oil

  • Salt to taste

Method

  • Boil Maggi noodles in water without the tastemaker and drain the excess water after boiling.

  • Heat oil in a pan and temper it with green chillies.

  • Add onions and cook till they turn translucent.

  • Add chopped capsicum and cook, ensuring that it remains a bit crunchy.

  • Now add the peas and tomatoes and cook for about 2-3 minutes.

  • Now add turmeric, chilli powder and Maggi tastemaker to the vegetables and further fry for 1-2 minutes.

  • Add the boiled rice and Maggi noodles to the vegetables and mix thoroughly.

  • You should take care not to smash everything together which may spoil the look of the dish.

  • Finally, garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve hot.

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