Got More Than 2-Minutes? Whip Up These Instant Noods Instead Of Maggi!

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    I don't like noodles. -- said nobody, ever. Such is the addictive nature of this dish that everyone has eaten heaps of, in the form of Asian meals, but most from little yellow packets called Maggi! Although we cannot replace the nostalgia and the comfort only a bowl of Maggi can give you, we do have noodles that are 'smack your lips' delicious and legit, superior in terms of flavour and nutrition. Don't buy it? You will (also literally) after reading this listicle. Because we know you're going to be blown away by the end of it, we'd suggest bookmarking this recommendation now. Buy gourmet ready-to-cook noodles online on The LBB Shop.

    This list also features gluten-free instant noodles and vegan instant noodles. Woohoo!

    The Superfood Factory - Super Noodles King Kung Pao

    If the delicious name of these noodles haven't made you spring up and take notice, maybe the fact that it is instant, has over 26gms of protein and close to 11gms, will. This King Kung Pao pack of noods from The Superfood Factory is also entirely vegetarian and vegan and has ingredients like literally every millet (quinoa, little, pearl, finger, kodo, banyard, foxtail) in the book. The tastemaker is a flavour bomb to say the least. LBB Crew, Ahalya would second this. She also mentions that this 207gm pack make for a good filling meal for two. If you add stir fried veggies to it, you can make it last even longer! 

    Ready to eat in: 7 minutes

    Price: INR 250 for 207gm

    Kamaleya - Multi Millet Noodles

    Kamaleya

    Available on LBB

    Packet noodles or any 5-minute ramen type situation has rep of being super high in sodium and not gluten-free friendly. This is true but this pack of Multi Millet Noodles from Kamaleya solves both those issues. It's entirely gluten-free boasting the goodness of ingredients like kodo, barnyard and ragi. You get to be as creative with the flavouring (although it comes with a natural ingredients only tastemaker). Also, a pack of this serves three and is ready in 3 minutes! Kamaleya also has other gluten-free noodles like ragi noodles, little millet noodles, and barnyard millet noodles.

    Ready to eat in: 3 minutes

    Price: INR 60 for 175gm

    Homemakerz - Ragi Millet Noodles

    Homemakerz

    Available on LBB

    Ragi, gluten-free flour, salt and purified water is all that goes into the making of Homemakerz's Ragi Millet Noodles. And if you're afraid that all you will taste is health, the brand very kindly gives out instructions on how to make it -- with chopped ginger-garlic, veggies, protein and Homemakerz red chili sauce of thai chili sauce, of course! Ragi noodles tend to cook very quickly and if not monitored can clump together, instructions state to boil these for no more than 3-minutes and shock the noodles in cold water to prevent sticking. These ragi noodles are also handpulled and have zero transfat, FYI.

    Ready to eat in: 3 minutes

    Price: INR 225 for 200gm

    Kamaleya - Oat Noodles

    Kamaleya

    Available on LBB

    Oat my god! When we tell you oat noodles exist and in a form that doesn't disintegrate and become goop instead of noods, believe us, because we give you Kamaleya's 3-minute Oats Noodles. The brand also mentions that these oat noodles have a nice chewy texture when cooked right. Sidenote, Kamaleya works with 120 local family farmers who practice Vedic agriculture to make a packet of noodles that is free from all additives, flavour enhancers and chemicals -- what more can we ask from a packet instant noodles that is always unhealthy?

    Ready to eat in: 3 minutes

    Price: INR 60 for 175gm

    Pink Harvest Farms - Green Dal & Edamame Noodles

    Read that again - green dal and edamame noods, that's right! Thank you Pink Harvest Farms. This creation has no rice or maida, which means only 10gms net carbs per serving , 12gm fiber, 21gm protein (basically, 3x the protein and 5x the fiber of wheat or rice pasta) and it has an easy cook time of just 7-minutes. So, the perfect noodles for those with gluten allergies, and those with a diabetes or a vegan diet. The brand is also certified non-gmo and organic. Because variety is the spice of life, Pink Harvest Farms also has Moong Spaghetti and Edamame Spaghetti. The info & nutritional label on this pack of noods is as transparent as it gets. It is a bit on the expensive side but you are paying for delicious, premium quality, organic ingredients.

    Ready to eat in: 7 minutes

    Price: INR 385 for 200gm

    Homemakerz - Bajra Millet Noodles

    Homemakerz

    Available on LBB

    Beloved bajra makes it into this gluten-free version of Homemakerz's noodles and we're all for it. With multiple rave reviews (on LBB), if none of the other grains please you, you can always bank on good ol' bajra. The noodles are said to be just as bouncy and chewy as would wheat noodles. All you have to do is cut open a pack, flavour and season to your heart's content and go to town! With nutritional value of 12gm of protein, under 10gm of sugar and zero transfat, this is a great, non-intimidating and secretly healthy instant noodle option to introduce the kiddos to.

    Ready to eat in: 3 minutes

    Price: INR 225 for 200gm

    Naturally Yours - Red Rice Noodles

    Naturally Yours

    Available on LBB

    Although the Naturally Yours Red Rice Noodles may sound the most exotic of the lot, think of matta rice indigenous to India, more specifically, Kerala. This is what this pack of healthy instant noodles is made with. It has a cook time of just 4 minutes for the perfect bite and comes with a packet of secret seasoning that will take a plain ol bowl of noods to the next level. Don't forget to zoosh it up with your favourite veggies and protein for some heft. Note that these noods have fortified wheat flour (increased content of micronutrients), so they are not gluten-free. The brand also makes noodles in options of lesser-known grains like Soya , Red Lentil, Chickpea, Quinoa, Multi-millet, Buckwheat and other gluten-free options. PS. this brand is the writer's personal favourite, so tried-and-tested, good!

    Ready to eat in: 4 minutes

    Price: INR 420 for 180gm pack of three

    The Superfood Factory - Super Noodles - Tangy Tom Yum

    Another offering of instant noodles from The Superfood Factory, with the exact same grain and seeds noodles but this time with a fancy and tangy tom yum seasoning. The tastemaker has real ingredients, so think lemongrass, fennel, cinnamon, celery, garlic-ginger, onion and more. Delish!

    Ready to eat in: 7 minutes

    Price: INR 250 for 207gm

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