Chef Neha Deepak Shah's DIY Maggi Masala Is Unmissable

We all love instant food; the quick recipes, the convenience, the low prices, everything suits us perfectly, except, of course, the additives. More and more people are growing aware of the ingredients that are being used in instant or frozen foods, especially in instant noodles and curries that need minimal prep or assembly. 

One of the most widely used instant foods in the country is, of course, Maggi! The noodle brand has been a favourite with generations of foodies as they can be cooked in a couple of minutes. However, this brand of noodles depends on some additives too, some of which are present in its spice blend. 

Most spice blends for noodles are known to have high sodium content, artificial flavourings, and preservatives. Consuming high amounts of sodium regularly can potentially lead to health issues such as high blood pressure and heart problems.

Former Masterchef contestant Neha Deepak Shah who often breaks down popular recipes on Instagram, took to her social media to share the recipe for a homemade Maggi masala. 

“The beauty of this seasoning is that you can use it mixed with mayo as a dipping sauce. You can also sprinkle this on chips, fries, onion rings, bhajia, momos,” Shah writes on Instagram. The spice blend can also be used on ramen and rice noodles and it’s not just meant for Maggi. The best part is that the spice blend uses simple Indian spices which are probably already present in your kitchen, such as cumin, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, methi seed powder, black pepper, dry ginger powder etc.

This is not the first time Shah has shared ways to make instant food at home. Last week she shared a recipe for a quick, instant dal made with masala, besan and tomatoes and also shared a 15-minute pasta recipe. However, if you want something simpler or have access to limited spices and condiments, here are some basic ingredients which you can use to season your noodles if you don’t want packaged seasoning.

Garlic and Onion Powder

Both garlic and onion powders are staples in many kitchens and can provide a savoury depth of flavour to your noodles. If you have fresh garlic and onion available, mince or finely chop them and sauté them in a bit of oil before adding your noodles.

Italian Seasoning

Mix herbs like basil, oregano, thyme, and rosemary, which are commonly used in Italian cuisine. It adds a Mediterranean-inspired flavour to your noodles.

Sesame Oil

A small amount of sesame oil can impart a rich, nutty flavour to your noodles. It's a common ingredient in Asian cuisine and pairs well with soy sauce and ginger.

Chili Flakes or Hot Sauce

If you enjoy a bit of heat, chili flakes or hot sauce can add a spicy kick to your noodles. Adjust the amount according to your heat tolerance.

Lemon or Lime Juice

Citrus juice can brighten up the flavours of your noodles and add a refreshing tanginess. It's particularly delicious when paired with seafood or vegetable-based noodles.

Vegetable or Chicken Broth

Cooking your noodles in broth instead of water infuses them with additional flavour. You can also add a splash of broth to seasoned noodles for extra depth.