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What do you truly want after a long and exhausting day at work?

Besides maybe a drink, a great meal comes a close second. But then again, the cooking is a pain in the ass, right? No wonder Maggi is a saviour for all the culinary challenged and lazy folks out there’ it’s the most easy, hassle-free, and satisfying dinner option out there.

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Or is it?

Maggi is pretty much entirely unhealthy, loaded with salt and fats. Actually, there might not be a single healthy ingredient in Maggi. Now, even if you don’t care much about that, you have to admit that even with its many flavours, having instant noodles day in and out can be quite depressing.  And. that’s why we want you to meet ramen. These delicious Japanese noodles are addictive and come in flavours that are mind-blowing (Spicy Sriracha, Miso, Egg). Besides, they are healthier too if you just follow some quick DIY tips.

Here’s how to make the most of your pack of ramen with just a few ingredients at hand. You don’t need a chef’s hat to stir up a wholesome dinner, and nor will these require extensive prepping. Just make sure you have some basic ingredients and you’re good to go!

Stock you fridge with these:
  • Ramen noodles. You can buy them here.
  • Chicken or veg stock
  • Carrots
  • Eggs
  • Soy Sauce
  • Vinegar
  • Ginger
  • Boneless Chicken
  • Chilies
  • Vegetables like carrots, zucchinis, peas and more
  • Cold-pressed sesame oil

Recipe 1:  Spicy Chicken with Ramen

Heat oil in a pan and fry finely chopped pieces of ginger. Add the boneless pieces of chicken and fry until the chicken is cooked. Add chillies, salt, pepper, chicken stock and bring to boil. Once the stock thickens a bit, add a cup of boiled ramen along with 4 teaspoons of soy sauce.  Mix well and serve hot!

Time to cook: 5 minutes

Recipe 2: Cold Ramen Salad

Boil ramen and keep aside. In a bowl, add chopped and boiled eggs, chopped zucchini, carrots and sprinkle some sesame oil. Mix well along with salt and pepper. Add the noodles and toss everything together. Add some soy sauce for flavour and serve cold.

Time to cook: 3 minutes

Recipe: Spicy Broth Ramen with Veggies

In a wok, heat oil and fry chopped ginger and chillies. Once cooked add chopped vegetables of your choice (mushrooms are good and they taste delicious in the broth) and fry on medium flame for 3 min. Add the vegetable stock and simmer for 10 min on low heat. Add salt, pepper, soy sauce and boiled ramen noodles. Simmer for 3 min and serve hot in a big bowl. This can be consumed as it is or with toasted bread.

Time to cook: 10 min

Easy and quick to stir up, ramen is that answer to wholesome dinners that we’ve all been looking for. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll find that nearly all meats and all veggies go wonderfully in your ramen pot, and you can also experiment with seasonings, sauces and cooking styles to suit your particular tastes and preferences.

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