Culinary Adventure Part-2 Preparing Pizzas and Maggi Lasagne at Nestle R&D Kitchen, Delhi

Culinary Adventure Part-1 to Nestle R&D is all about Travel and a glimpse of Delhi do visit my blog and soical media links for more details.  A small recap we were a select team of only foodbloggers invited to visit the Nestle R&D center and Delhi.

We were welcomed by the research and marketing team at Nestle. A small intro was given at the conference room on rules and regulations. In some sensitive research areas we were not allowed to take photos but everyone were really patient and happy to answer all our questions.


A frothy masala chai and almond cookies were served as refreshments during our intro session. All of us enjoyed those almond cookies and masala chai.

A quick tour around the research center and lab was truly an eye opener many of our questions were answered. Majority of us wanted to know more about maggi. When we talk about maggi there is a lot of myth and misconception of maggi labeled as being not a very healthy food option but there is no single food item  which is healthy or unhealthy. 

What I would like to add is a well balanced diet with moderation and an active lifestyle is the only way to ensure good health. A balanced diet should provide approximate 50-60% of total calories in a day from carbohydrates, about 10-15% from proteins and 20-30% from fat.
The team at the nestle research center was very busy collecting samples and taste testing the new oats and atta noodles. I am very happy to say the most loved and cherished MAGGI Noodles has been researched over and over again to ensure a healthy noodle snack is created by the end of the day. 

One may ask its packed with carbs? Protien is not good for an elderly person? The balance between Protein, Carbohydrate and Fat in MAGGI noodles is very similar to the recommendations made by Indian Council of Medical Research which includes newly launched MAGGI with Oats and whole-wheat noodles which  provides energy in recommended ratio –Energy from carbohydrates (56%), protein (10%) and fats (33%). According to ICMR recommendation on Dietary Guidelines for Indians, the total fat in the diet should provide between 20-30% of total calories. 


The total fat intake in the diets can go up to 50g per person per day based on the level of physical activity and physiological status.The fat content per serve (per pack) in the various MAGGI noodles is 11-13g and is well within the recommended proportions. It is about 1/5th of the total fat requirement for a person’s daily diet. Even if we compare the fat content in some commonly consumed food items – one bowl of MAGGI Noodles had lesser fat than common food items like a vegetable cheese sandwich, veg biryani, a dosa, or an aloo parantha.


We got to see MAGGI Noodles cake go through 6 step cooking process before they are packed. At first they are steamed - very similar to the process of making Idli. Then they are baked. The 3rd step involves quick air frying of about a minute and a half which reduces the moisture in the noodle & cooks the noodles cakes enough for them to remain stable for several months before they reach consumers.

This also ensures that you can cook your MAGGI noodles in boiling water in just 2 minutes. Finally after drying & cooling the noodles are packed. A special poly cover ensures the noodles remains fresh for several months.  

After all the gyaan at the lab we got to the heart of nestle research center (Kitchen). At the state of the art kitchen is where chefs constantly check for the quality of spices and scale it up for a new and upcoming flavor. 

Chefs at the maggi research center asked us to share some of our fond memories as a kid with maggi. My fond memory or a tradition started when I was in third standard, my granny used to treat me to maggi noodles every weekend.

Coming from a very conservative strict tamilian family instant food was a new concept for us. My granny used to purchase these noodle packs from her military canteen, slurping up a bowl full of soup and noodles was the best moment of my life...I follow this tradition till date and every saturday is masala maggi time.


Master Chef Zaheerkhan and his team treated us to delicious pizzas and maggi lasagne. Whats not to love about maggi? It’s delicious, it's flavorful, healthy. Maggi is one dish you're bound to find across the length and breadth of the country.
I love lasagna loaded with spinach, sweetcorn, and meat. when it comes to maggi and cheese, I'm willing to try anything once, cheese is practically the epitome of my existence, and I’m never going to say "no".
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If you’re a die-hard maggi and cheese fan and can swear by it (like me!), then you’re in luck. With parmasan cheese as an additional ingredient, this lasagna tasted even more epic than it already does. chef zaheer suggested to use BBQ Maggi and PeriPeri Maggi Noodles for this recipe the smoky flavors transforms this simple lasagna into something even better.


Next up was Pizzas. A simple naan base smeared with pizza sauce, layered with chicken ham, smoked cheese and chicken topped with veggies of choice was pretty perfect. 
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Our visit at Nestle R&D was slowly coming to an end. It was scrumptious maggi and pizza party. All of us were in a hurry to head to the airport after the lunch since our flight was scheduled at 6.pm considering the traffic we had to say bye to the marketing team and chefs who were so courteous. 
I am concluding culinary adventure part-2 cookout and tasting session at Nestle R&D was a huge accomplishment. I throughly enjoyed every minute of time spent interacting with everyone. Part-1 is all about travel and fun moments captured during my travel.

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Flying back from Delhi I captured this small clip of the city at 7p.m., against the night’s dark background, the lit city blossoms into a new life portraying a unique scene full of splendour. 

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