Friday, November 1, 2013

Top 5 Flavour Boosters for your Maggi

Everybody loves a piping hot bowl of Maggi noodles. What's great about Maggi is that it is easy and quick to prepare, and you need NO cooking skills to perfect the noodles (my 8-year-old cousin makes it ;)
Is it just me, or do you also think that Maggi's signature masala has lost some of its bang? You know me, I have always added more magic, more masala to my Maggi. At the end of the day we're talking about 2-minute noodles and if you really don't have the time or the patience to follow my Maggi recipes, simply use 1 additional ingredient and watch the flavours boom.
Here are my top 5 flavour boosters for Maggi... pick one!

  1. CHEESE.... need i say more? Cheese can make the dullest dish shine. Grate some cheddar on top of the noodles before you turn off the heat.
  2. OREGANO... What do you do with those extra packets from Dominos, anyway?
  3. CELERY... If there was just one fresh ingredient I could pick from the supermarket, this would be it. Clean the stalks and chop them finely, mix away
  4. CARROT AND PEAS.... and if you have the choice for 2 fresh ingredients, pls try carrots and boiled peas. If you notice the Maggi packet, carrots and peas are the suggested garnish for all the right reasons
  5. BUTTER... this is unusual, but good ol' Amul butter can add loads of flavour to Maggi. Melt in a teaspoon of butter while cooking, no more, no less.
Leave your comments and ideas below :)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

A Maggi recipe you must not miss!

So my mom did something very innovative with Maggi recently, here's a recipe worth sharing.
My sisters and I love Maggi. I know it isn't the healthiest thing around, but a quick snack of Maggi never hurt anyone. In fact, it reminds me of life's simple pleasures and cheers up my inner child ;)
It isn't unusual to find leftover Maggi at my place, because we always make extra. One morning, my mom found a bowl of Maggi in the refrigerator. It had gone sticky, but adding hot water to loosen it up would dilute the flavours. So she decided to make tikkis out of it. I was the first person to try them and fell in love instantly.
Here's an outline of the recipe...
  • Grate 2 medium boiled potatoes
  • Roughly chop up your leftover Maggi, mix it with the potatoes
  • Add vegetables of your choice: boiled carrots and peas, or sweet corn
  • Adding bread crumbs is optional, but nice. My friend and an excellent chef Kinjal Darukhanawala says that the crumbs help absorb the moisture of the veggies, help in binding the tikkis which otherwise break while shallow-frying. And hey, they give a nice crunchy texture. Don't wana use bread crumbs? Try soaked poha.
  • Add salt, pepper, chaat masala, ginger-garlic paste, lime and chopped coriander
  • Taste, and adjust, as all good chefs do 
  • Make flat tikkis, shallow fry and enjoy!
  • Pro Tip: While serving, add a pinch of Maggi masala on the tikkis 
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Sweet secrets are out

I have been baking, and I sell these yummy treats in Mumbai.
To order cupcakes please send an email to ditishah(at)gmail(dot)com

Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting!

Chocolate cake for L'infini dance academy, Mumbai

Red velvet pies



Thursday, October 14, 2010

Hakka Maggi


Ok now this is a modified version of my Eggy Maggi because I have actually tried it and served it to my uncle, sister, mom. They loved it :)

You need:-
  • Sesame Oil (it goes really well with Chinese cooking. If you don't have it, use Olive Oil)
  • Chilli Sauce, Chilli Flakes
  • Dark Soy Sauce - 1 tsp
  • Tomato Sauce - 1 tsp
  • 2 cloves of garlic - mashed & finely chopped
  • Onion - cut lengthwise
  • Spring Onions - finely chop the green part
  • Carrot - cut lengthwise
  • Capsicum - cut lengthwise
  • 2 eggs - remove most of the yolk, keep some, beat it up well
  • 1 packet of Maggi noodles
How!

  • Heat oil in the pan, add garlic
  • Add the onions, don't wait for them to get golden-brown before you...
  • Add the Carrot & Capsicum
  • Now you must make a little cavity in the middle of the veggies (trust me!), add more oil, dump in the beaten eggs and stir continously till the egg cooks and forms "bhurji"
  • Mix in the chilli flakes, salt, soy sauce, chilli sauce, tomato sauce
  • Stir stir stir
  • But hey! Don't overcook... Let the veggies remain slightly crunchy!
  • Simultaneously, cook the Maggi noodles as per the usual procedure
  • When the noodles are almost-cooked, add in your Veggie mixture
  • Stir stir stir
  • Cover with a lid, let it set and self-cook for a while
cheers! tell me how it was

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Maggi Gets the Moolah!

A regular stubby 'chota bottle' of Limca is for MRP Rs.6 /- But most shopkeepers sell it Rs.10. Why? Because any shop or restaurant can claim a surcharge on any product if it is combined with a special service, in this case, the storage and refrigeration.
Keeping this in mind, I was ready to shell out a few extra bucks when I called for Maggi in my office canteen (imagine the excitement in my head... yummylicious Maggi noodles at 4 pm!!!)
I frowned when I was charged Rs.15 for a plate. Not so bad, I thought, considering that a packet is sold for Rs.10 anyway and the canteen is charging extra for its 'microwaving service'. A few bites and slurps later I completely forgot about the surcharge. I would have paid a thousand bucks for that heavenly shit!

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Today my colleague and best friend Sneha tells me that the canteen actually prepares only half a packet of Maggi per plate. Reality bites!!! They're selling Maggi worth Rs.5 and making 200% profit on it! And for what? The goddamn microwaving? Or the creative presentation??? (note the sarcasm). I wonder how anybody can misuse such an honest product and cheat those who've been enjoying it since childhood. Shame on you, canteen!

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That brings me to another point. Mocha Mojo, a famous cafe in Bandra sells Maggi Noodles (under its rightful brand name) in various flavours. E.g. BBQ Maggi comes with BBQ sauce, american corn, tofu and mushrooms - delicious, but definitely overpriced @Rs.125. Read my full review here - burrp! Mumbai

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I'm not going to let commercialization taint my love for Maggi. I've decided to have Maggi in it's purest form, just the way mom used to make it with hot water and the Tastemaker... yummy!!!


Friday, October 16, 2009

Mango Maggi


Why not?

I've imagined this recipe in my head and I think it's gonna be fab! Of course, YOU my dear reader will have to prepare it at home and let me know how it turned out.
(If you didn't like it, you obviously didn't read my instructions correctly!)

Here we go!

You need:
Mango Syrup
Fresh mango (optional)
Sugar
Maggi

How To:
- Take 2 cups of water and add 2-3 spoons of sugar to it
- Bring it to boil and add maggi
- Make sure not to add the masala!!!
- Cook till the noodles are soft
- Strain off the excess water and let the noodles cool
- Now add thick mango syrup and mix well
- Refrigerate till maggi is cold and slightly thick
- Garnish with fresh mango slices
- Ta da!!!!

Serving Suggestion:
Have your yummy mango maggi with mango ice-cream!

Don't forget to write back; tell me how it was :-)