“Momma can we have some Maggi Pakora today!” Pasta asked yesterday!
I know it sounds weird; I mean Maggi Pakora is a bit out there but Pasta loves it! Basically, she loves Maggi in any form.
“What do you want for the snack?”, the answer 80% of the time is “Maggi”. Yes, I am talking about my kid who’s no different from her father or me! How can I forget the hostel days when I used to use a spirit lamp to make my bowl of Maggi or the Chaiwala near University who used to make Veggie-loaded Maggi for us. However, things change, I now have to take into account nutritional needs as well.
I can’t ignore the fact Pasta loves her Maggi but is it healthy? What I personally believe is no single food item is healthy or unhealthy. I prefer to give her a balanced diet and I help her to be active so that I can ensure her good health. While she loves her dance class and Karate lesions, she enjoys her portion of tasty food as well.
Maggi goes through a step-by-step cooking process before they are packed which actually ensures the famous 2 minutes cooking. I have read that it is steamed, baked, quickly fried, dried and cooled. Did your eyebrows go up at fried? Don’t be too concerned- the frying is done to reduce the water content and ensure it can sit on shelves everywhere.
And a balanced diet has carbohydrates, fat, proteins, right?
Did you know even the fat content is much lesser than an Aloo Paratha or Cheese Sandwich! And it is important to note that any dietary board also recommends that you include some fat in your diet. However, being a mom and whenever I make it; I add other things to make it more nutritious.
The recipe I am going to share today; is one of the Pasta’s favorite, Maggi Pakora. I try to add as many as veggies as possible along with boiled egg to make the Maggi Pakora much healthier. Moreover, it increases the taste too. This is something I pack for her lunchbox once in a while.
- Maggi Noodles: 2 Packet (I have used Maggi Green Chilli flavor)
- Boiled Egg: 1 (chopped)
- Sweet Corn: ½ cup
- Chopped Bell Pepper: ½ cup
- Chopped Onion: ½ Cup
- Garlic (Chopped): 1 Tsp.
- Chopped Green Chili: ½ Tsp.
- Gram Flour/ Besan: 3 Tbsp.
- Corn Flour: 3 Tbsp.
- Baking Soda: ½ Tsp.
- Lemon Juice: 1 Tbsp.
- Salt: to taste
- Vegetable Oil: for frying
- Boil the Maggi Noodle with 3 cups of water for 2 minutes and add a little salt and 1 Tsp oil while cooking.
- Add the Tastemaker as well while cooking
- Cook till 2'/3 water evaporates.
- Take the semi-runny Maggi in a bowl.
- Now add Gram Flour, Corn Flour, Salt, Baking soda and mix using a spoon.
- Add Sweet corn, chopped Onion, chopped garlic, chopped Green Chilli, chopped bell pepper and mix.
- Finally, add lightly chopped boiled egg.
- Now add Lemon Juice.
- Add little water if required.
- The mixture should be a bit on the tighter side so that balls can be formed.
- Heat Oil in a wok.
- shape Pakoras using your finger using the mixture.
- Drop 3" sized balls over the hot oil and start frying in medium heat.
- Serve Maggi Pakora hot with ketchup.