Ingredient Review: Millet Noodles

Panda Eating Noodles
Panda Eating Noodles

Have you seen Kung Fu Panda or The Ramen Girl, with the legendary noodles? There isn’t a day when I don’t fantasize about slurping noodles bowl after bowl, like my friend Po (from the picture above). You know Po!

Noodles are the most fun food to eat, don’t you think? Kids love them, most adults love them. What’s not to love, when you see that loooooonng strand of noodle just rolling slowly into your mouth, your heart just goes galloping to it. In China, noodles are known as a symbol of longevity. It is for this reason that freshly made hand pulled noodles need to be unbroken. That’s the beauty of wheat, and also the challenge in making noodles with other flours. Each noodle web you see might be a single long noodle on your plate! Obviously, what we get in the Indian market is very different and most of us have the awful habit of breaking the noodle cake before cooking it. You Criminal!

Millet Noodles

This noodle that I recently tried may be to your liking if you are not into slurping those really long strands of noodle. In my opinion, this healthier version was good to taste, very pleasing, stretchy and smooth in texture and doesn’t give you a sticky mouth feel like some atta noodles do.

Naturally Yours Millet Noodles
Naturally Yours Millet Noodles

Ancient grains, millets and wholegrains are all the rage all over the world. While some people are going “gluten free” others buy only organic, whole grain options. And while none of us can be excessively “healthy” in our choices all the time, we must find mid ground.

What made me Buy this again

The reason I tried, and liked the Multi Millet Noodles by Naturally Yours that I bought, was because

  • It doesn’t burn a hole in my pocket, a 180g pack cost me Rs 110
  • The texture is not all that different from maida noodles that we get in the market
  • They provide a spicy, salty tastemaker along with the noodles that makes it work as well as Instant noodles made in 3 minutes!
  • The noodle is made with Ragi, Bajra, little millet, wheat, Kodo millet and barnyard millet, making it a more nutritious option than maida or atta noodles.
Inside pack Millet Noodles
Inside pack Millet Noodles

So the product is affordable, good to taste and quick to make. I only wish it was also available in smaller packs, because when I’m by myself, it is too much noodle for one meal for a single person.

Since many of us eat instant noodles when we are cooking just for ourselves, a small packet of this noodle would really cut it for a lot of people. On the other hand, if you want to make an easy peasy dinner for some friends or your loved ones, then this pack should be sufficient for two or three people after adding vegetables.

How to Cook Millet Noodles?

Cooking these noodles is almost as easy as making instant noodles. The method mentioned on the packet it different; I don’t follow that as it leaves clumps of masala in the noodles. Also, the masala is too spicy and salty if you mix it just like that. So simple mix the spice mix in water and then bring that spiced water to a boil. Now, add the noodles, cook it for three minutes and strain the excess water. If you want it spicy, use as less water as possible, so you won’t have to drain out the spiced water.

Cooked Millet Noodles
Cooked Millet Noodles

I toss some sliced capsicum, onion, cabbage and carrot in some oil and add it to the noodles. These vegetables don’t need to be cooked for more than two minutes on high heat, they remain crunchy and add to the texture of this recipe.

Final Millet Noodles Dish
Final Millet Noodles Dish

I always found it so challenging to make noodles healthier. As a child I was addicted to Maggi, I could eat it everyday. As an adult, I understand that any noodle without vegetables is not good for me, and eating so much maida is definitely not good for children as well as for adults. So I’ve found this amazing alternative now. I usually divide it and use it in batches when its just me. I have added this noodle to noodle soups, eaten it like a Hakka Noodle stir fry style and even as a simple instant noodle. I enjoy the texture because it doesn’t have a sticky mouth feel when you bite in.

What I didn’t Like About these Millet Noodles

The not-so-great part is that the first ingredient, which is the prime ingredient mentioned on the pack is fortified wheat flour, followed by a mixture of multi millets mentioned on the pack. So essentially, even though they seem to be far better for your nutrition requirements than maida noodles the prime ingredient is fortified (nutrient rich) wheat. Other millets will make the noodle more nutrients rich and higher in fibre, however, none of these qualities have been mentioned on the pack. After researching millets, it is my guess that the nourishment you get from these noodles will be more substantial than what you get from other noodles available in the market. I wish Naturally Yours would do more to tell us about the nutrition requirements this noodle fills.

Where you can Find Millet Noodles?

I bought these noodles for rupees hundred and ten as on date, from a store called Miru Organics in Versova, Mumbai. The name of the Brand is “Naturally Yours”. These are Multi-Millet Noodles made with a mixture of millet flours, all organic. These noodles are also available at the same price on Amazon India and Flipkart. You can also buy them on the Naturally Yours website. I must mention here that I found and bought these noodles on my own, with my hard earned money, I am not endorsing or advertising this product for anyone, nor am I praising it for any reason, other than I really liked them and wanted to share this information with you.

If there’s any other interesting product, which is similar and you would like me to try it out, do let me know. I will be happy to experiment with it and try to come up with more fun ways to eat it.

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