Hungrooo! This is great – a new noodle word! It evokes a thought of a big monster that’s really hungry, or what a stomach might say. It’s fun to say too – Hungrooo! I recently did a Meet The Manufacturer with Maggi Singapore and have reviewed many varieties from Maggi Malaysia as well. Maggi is a brand from Nestle, a Swiss brand and seems to have many instant noodle varieties catering to the local flavors seen around the world. This one’s from India, and since not everyone’s familiar with Indian food, I thought I’d grab a snippet from Wikipedia about masala:
Garam masala (from Hindi: गरम मसाला, garam (“hot”) and masala (a mixture of spices)) is a blend of ground spices common in North Indian and other South Asian cuisines. It is used alone or with other seasonings. The word garam refers to “heat” in the Ayurvedic sense of the word, meaning “to heat the body” as these spices, in the Ayurvedic system of medicine, elevate body temperature.
The composition of garam masala differs regionally, with many recipes across India according to regional and personal taste, and none is considered more authentic than others. The components of the mix are toasted, then ground together.
A typical Indian version of garam masala contains:
- black and white peppercorns
- Cinnamon or cassia bark
- nutmeg and mace
- black and green cardamom pods
- Bay leaf
Some recipes call for spices to be blended with herbs, while others for the spices to be ground with water, vinegar, coconut milk, or other liquids, to make a paste. In some recipes nuts, onion, or garlic may be added. Some recipes also call for small quantities of star anise, asafoetida, stone flower or Dagadphool and Kababchini (Cubeb). The flavours may be carefully blended to achieve a balanced effect, or a single flavour may be emphasized. A masala may be toasted before use to release its flavours and aromas.
There – a quick crash course in masala! Let’s check out this Hungrooo from Maggi India!
Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. to prepare, break noodle block into 4 pieces. Add noodle s and contents of seasoning sachet to 300ml boiling water and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Enjoy!
The noodle block.
The seasoning sachet, known as the ‘Tastemaker.’
Has a strong masala scent.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added scrambled eggs with coriander and a couple leaves of coriander on top. The noodles have a good texture and consistency. The masala flavor has a nice little spiciness to it and goes well with these noodles. It reminds me of the ‘roni’ in Rice-a-Roni’ how these noodles come out, and everything comes together pleasingly well. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8901058824124.
This isn’t the big Hungrooo pack, but a four pack you can get of the same kind of thing – check it out!
Here’s a Maggi 2-Minute Noodles Hungrooo commercial.