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Monday, August 13, 2012

Maggie Rice

Let me start this post with a riddle. What takes 2 minutes to cook and yet is one of the hardest leftovers to use? 

And the answer is MAGGI !

I bet most of you never faced this problem because Maggi noodles are consumed faster than they are cooked. I would have never faced the leftover situation with this delicious instant noodles had it been just me eating them. I cooked a lot of them for a group and well, some of them were on diet! So here I was, with a bowl full of cooked Maggie noodles lying in the pan and a tummy so full, it refused to have any more of them.

The first thought that came to my mind was to just throw them away; of course wasting food is never an admirable thing to do. I remembered, Hemal Shah, a friend of mine had mentioned that she cooked rice with maggi masala (the seasoning packet that comes with the noodles) and her family just loves it.  I figured if the seasoning could be used for another recipe why not use the leftover Maggie, which already had the seasoning in it. I called my friend who willingly shared her recipe. Adding a few more ingredients, I had this utterly delicious Maggie rice for dinner and now I know what to do with leftover instant noodles and after reading this post, you will too!


Cooked Maggi noodles – 1 packet
Cooked white rice – 1.5 cups
Yellow bell pepper (chopped) – half a cup 
Diced green chilies – 2 small ones
Diced ginger – 1 tsp
Finely chopped garlic – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Red chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala – ½ tsp
Olive oil – 2 tsp
Salt and pepper

Heat the oil in a skillet and sauté the yellow bell peppers, green chillies, ginger and garlic on a high flame for about a minute. Add the rice, noodles, salt and spices and mix well. Lower heat and cook for a couple of minutes till the flavors blend, stirring all the while. Sprinkle cracked pepper and serve hot.

Serving suggestions
·         With Chips/ Papad/Yogurt

·         You can use any color bell pepper to make the dish more colorful.
·         The ratio of rice to noodles doesn’t really matter too much when you are using leftovers!
·         Go easy on the green chilies if you can’t tolerate spice.

  Interesting fact
·         Apart from India “Maggi” is also very popular in Malaysia. 


  1. wow,yummy delicious flavorful rice..never tried this way!!

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  2. Interesting preparation...looks yum..

  3. Necessity is the mother of invention, Gauri and you've done well in that area :) Tossing in all those veggies and condiments must've have kicked the dish into full gear! hugs, priya Btw, saw you guest post at Priya's blog (school started yesterday so trying to catch up on the commenting bit) Love that sandwich!

  4. Awesome unique dish..:)) No wastage yet end up with tasty food..:))

  5. New and interesting..never tried this before, will try it soon.

  6. Rice and Maggie Noodles really an unusual combination. This recipe has really fascinated me to try it out at least once. Combination sounds odd but you never know may be the dish actually tastes good :)

  7. Maggi and Rice....unusual combination. Have tried maggie pakoda but maggie rice never ever heard of this. This need to be tried and really soon. I am making this today itself!!!

  8. interesting combination....first time here...following u...

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