Maggi… It’s been around since even my parents were kids! Even though it was quite a shock and surprise to see what went down with the “everyday” snack for most Indians, it did tumble many of us into precious Maggi moments!
I won’t comment here about the entire controversy because even while the product was banned in India for quite some time it was readily available in Toronto, Canada and for me, that questions the validity of what went down in India since food norms here in Canada are much stricter… Just saying…
Anyhow, while all of us patiently waited for Maggi to make its comeback, we couldn’t help but reminisce all the fun times and memories we have made with these 2 minute noodles!
I should add that absence in this case, made many a hearts fonder by bringing us in contact with our long lost fond memories of friendship and fights and many such stories that came into existence around making and relishing of this yummy snack!
Maggi has been my saving grace when I have traveled alone with no vegetarian options! It has also come to the rescue for most of us who can’t cook anything or who have been staying alone with nothing to have for dinner but Maggi!
I remember having fights in school over the Maggi which my mother packed for lunch !
And as we grew up, how many variations and varieties, combinations and recipes cropped up- much to my delight I must say!
However, my fondest memories of Maggi are making and gobbling it up with my siblings, my brother and my sisters…
In my home I’m the appointed Maggi chef by unanimous votes! It’s because I always get that water and masala proportion “just right” to make our Maggi absolutely yummy, not very runny, not bland, not over cooked and with loads of masala!!
I can’t help but fondly remember our late night waking up sessions due to exams or office work or even both and whipping up Maggi at odd morning hours like 2am and how quickly we would just polish it off, not even in 2 minutes pun intended! :p and the best part follows! Licking of the plate and the pan in which the Maggi was eaten and made! Licking it so much that the utensils looked slick clean! So much fun!
The sheer bonding, last bite fights, quarreling over mixing it with pepper or ketchup or chutney, discovering new ways to eat it with puris yes with puris and making sandwiches with Maggi, we have done everything! It was fun to see even my mother enjoy my Maggi once in a while, I would feel really accomplished about my cooking skills then ;p
On this note, let me share an interesting recipe of Maggi noodles, please feel free to share your own Maggi moments and memories with us!
Maggi Magic recipe: Serves 2
For the sauce:
2 Tablespoon Sriracha sauce
2 Tablespoon Soy sauce
2 Tablespoon Brown sugar
2 Teaspoon Chili flakes
2 Maggi Noodles Cubes or 2small packets of Maggi noodles
1 egg (Optional)
1Tablespoon Refined Oil or butter for egg
1.Combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a big bowl together
2.Boil Maggi noodles as per the package instructions, without the masala, drain and add them to the sauce and toss and mix well.
At this point you can add the masala seasoning packets to the Maggi or not add them at all. It’s as per as your taste!
3. Heat oil or butter in a pan and fry the egg, add it to the noodles.( This is optional if you don’t eat egg )
4. Garnish with the scallions and cilantro
5. Gobble it up!