HOW I PREPARE INDOMIE NOODLES TO IMPROVE THE NUTRITIONAL VALUE AND SAFETY!

indomie noodles

First, let me speak my mind…

Some people are very good at pointing out problems but make no attempt to proffer solutions! I mean, there is no problem under this Sun that has no solution — so, why not show us the way forward?! This very set of people have been “hating on indomie noodles” and I’m tired of it! LOL. Today, they’d tell you “indomie noodles is very dangerous to your health; don’t you dare eat it!” and the next day, you’ll hear them say, “well, its alright to eat it provided you parboil, sieve, wash it (like white rice) and then re-cook it!” Geez, how many pawa dis noodle even get sef! Wait,you never heard any of these? You’ve heard worse? Yeah… I thought as much!

Next, let me speak the science…

The truth is, indomie noodles on its own is not a balanced meal because some nutrients (like carbohydrate and sodium) are either too much while others (like fiber, minerals and vitamins) are very low. If that is the case,it means one can spice it one way or the other with some protein and vegetables to have a balanced meal. You don’t know how? Don’t worry, I’ll tell you because I’ve tried it in four different ways and they all turned out very nutritious and yummy! My favorite, though, is the crayfish recipe. Here is how:

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pack of indomie (super pack)
  • 2 fresh tomatoes (Medium size)
  • 1 onion (Medium size)
  • Cabbage (Half of a small size)
  • Vegetable oil (1 tablespoon)
  • 1 carrot (Big size)
  • Green peas/beans (a hand full)
  • 1 red pepper (Medium size)
  • Grounded crayfish (2 tablespoon)

PREPARATION

  • empty the indomie noodles into an empty bowl, pour some hot water over it, and cover for 5 minutes. This will soften it.
  • wash and chop the vegetables (tomatoes, pepper, onions, cabbage, green beans, carrot, etc) and set aside
  • put chopped tomatoes, pepper, half of the onions into a pot with the oil, and place on the fire (start cooking on low heat). Stir and allow to fry for 2 minutes.
  • add the grounded crayfish, (and optionally, half of the indomie spice) and half a cup of water. Stir. Cover and allow to boil for 2 minutes.
  • strain the indomie noodles from the hot water and add to the pot, stir and cover. Allow for another 2 minutes.
  • then, add the chopped carrot, green beans, cabbage, the (other remaining half of the) onions, and, optionally, the other half of the indomie spice. Cover for another 2 minutes to steam the vegetables. Be careful not to overcook your vegetables though.
  • turn off heat and serve hot!

All in all, it takes me about 10 minutes to prepare this, and with just the right amount of vegetables it serves two people (depending on your stomach size o)!

Always have a major source of protein in your indomie noodles! If you don’t like crayfish, ditch it and add Sardine or Titus fish instead, and you’ll have a balanced yummy noodles! You can also add chicken, prawns, salmon, or eggs to your noodle.

Personally, I do not add extra salt to mine because like I said earlier, indomie noodle is already high in sodium; and,  sometimes, I don’t even use all the ‘follow-come’ spice.

Again, if for any reason you’re staying away from the frying method, its even better!

Read: EATING INDOMIE INSTANT NOODLES: HEALTHY OR HARMFUL?

Ermmm…but, indomie noodles…

Nevertheless, let me state that indomie is processed food and junk food! (ouch!) And I sincerely advise against frequent consumption. Eat it in moderation and not everyday please; especially if you don’t wanna gain extra pounds of weight!
Calm down! All I am saying is that indomie noodle is not the thief of your health (as many would want you to believe) and it does not cause cancer; because I asked my doctor (yes I trust my doctor!)
Watch it. Eat healthy. Stay fit!
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Patience Jonathan is a graduate of journalism. She is a food handler and loves creative cooking. She is passionate about healthy eating and healthy living — and enjoys writing articles and designing recipes to help people eat well and live well.

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