Its tough to find anyone who hasn’t had a quick fix meal of instant noodles. In India, Maggi is a generic name for instant noodles and the smallest town / village will have understood you if you ask for it at the grocers. I didn’t take to them till i left home and lived in a hostel! and any home sick person will vouch for the role instant noodles played in keeping them sane when the hostel food got more unbearable than usual!
my preferance for an instant noodle brand is Top Ramen, i find the texture much better, and the seasoning tastemaker isnt as overpoweringly salty like that of the other more famous brand. thankfully so does K and when and if we do buy instant noodles, we buy Top Ramen. i admit, i haven’t eaten as much instant noodles in the first one year after my wedding than i had in all my life put together. what with just setting up home, having no clue what kind of groceries to stock, keeping outrageous hours of work timings and being plain lazy at others, we ate instant noodles at the drop of a hat. after which i banned it from my grocery list for a few years and now its back to being an emergency food. Despite all said and done about how bad processed food is etc, it is a convenience to have some ready to eat / instant food on hand. a few weeks ago when i was a little out of action, K almost lived the entire week on instant noodles and swore he’d eaten enough for a lifetime!
a few nights ago, i had to make dinner to just feed myself and here’s what i made. i like to add vegetables to make it more nutritious and filling and here’s what i made.
My Version of Instant Noodles
1 package instant noodles ( I used Top Ramen) Cooked in 3 cups of water (without the seasoning mix) till just done, drained and set aside.
1 1/2 C Vegetables of choice ( I used red, yellow and green capsicum, carrot, peas and onion in equal proportions)
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 pkt instant noodle tastemaker / stock cube
in a pan, heat the oil and saute the vegetables (i added all at once), cover and cook for 2-3 minutes till cooked yet crunchy. add the taste maker seasoning / stock cube and 2 tablespoons of water and stir to combine well. Add the cooked noodles, mix well with the vegetables. Serve hot.
best enjoyed while spending a lazy weekend with a loved one, chilled beer and a movie.