Attention! We Found The Tastiest Cup Noodles in India (2023)
Mishry reviewed four brands of cup noodles and Maggi took the crown for its flavor profile and texture.
Our reviews are research-based, and all trials and testings are conducted in-house over days and weeks. We have a strict no-free-sample policy to ensure our reviews are fair and impartial.
What’s quick, hassle-free, and needs just water and one piece of equipment? Cup noodles!
From lazy evenings to treks and trips, all cup noodles need is some hot water and voila! Your steaming cuppa noodles are ready to be devoured. Mishry researched and found four best vegetarian masala cup noodles brands in India and put them to the test- Maggi, MAMA, Nissin, and Wai Wai.
Which brand are you rooting for?
Our Review Factors
What are we looking for? We are looking for the best tasting vegetarian cup noodles in India. Not only should these be quick cooking, but also have the correct, slurpy texture. We also checked the sodium content each cup provided.
Which brand had the superlative classic instant noodles flavor? Was it fresh or did it have some undesirable aftertaste? We also gauged the noodle to tastemaker ratio to find out whether or not it was sufficient.
After letting the noodles soak/cook in boiling water for the suggested time frame, how was the resultant texture? Did the noodles retain their bite or did they turn mushy and too soft? Al dente or on the raw side?
If the tastemaker had veggies, we noted the texture of those too.
3. Sodium Content
Our bodies need sodium to manage the pressure and volume of blood. Other essential functions like muscle contraction, nerve functioning is also reliant on sodium. That said, only a miniscule amount (500 mg) is the RDA.
The sodium content is higher in packaged foods, compared to what we’d use in cooking.
Since consuming high amounts of sodium on a regular basis can lead to high blood pressure, heart, and kidney issues, we gauged, and reported the sodium content in each of the contenders.
4. Other Parameters
The packaging, price, shelf life, inclusion of cutlery (if any) has also been mentioned in the review.
Masala Cup Noodles in India – Detailed Review
Our review process to test the masala cup noodles brands was fairly simple. We followed the preparation instructions and tasted each brand.
1. Maggi Masala Cup Noodles
As instructed on the cup, we let Maggi cup noodles cook for four minutes. The noodles had cooked well within this time and developed a springy bite. They weren’t under or overcooked, just right. Unlike the cake noodles, these aren’t cylindrical, but are flatter.
As for the flavors, Maggi was easily the best, tastiest of the four contenders. The tastemaker was a blend of desi masala with bold flavors of garlic, onion, cumin, and greens like coriander. The salt and spice were balanced quite well and the ratio of noodles, masala, and water were apt.
One cup is priced at Rs 45/- and has a net weight of 70.5 grams. It has a shelf life of seven months and the main ingredients are-
Noodles- Refined wheat flour, palm oil, iodised salt, thickeners (412 & 508), humectant (451 i), acidity regulators (501 i, 500 i, 300)
Tastemaker- Mixed spices (18.4%), dehydrated vegetables (14.4%- carrot flakes (7.52%), green peas (6.92%), sugar, starch, iodised salt, nature identical flavoring substances, tomato paste (5.6%), toasted onion flakes (4.7%), refined wheat flour, roasted garlic flakes, thickeners (508 & 415), onion powder (2.8%), palm oil, herbs, natural flavoring substances, yeast extract powder, flavor enhancer (635), tamarind powder, acidity regulator (330), and wheat gluten.
Sodium (in mg) per serve – 665.7 mg
- Most economical
- Commendable texture
- Full of flavors
- Convenient preparation
Aromatic, flavorful, with a lovely bite- if this is what you look for in your cup of noodles- Maggi is the one you must try.
2. Mama Cup Noodles
In terms of texture, Mama was hands down the best. The noodles were long, unbroken, springy and had a soft bite. We were delighted to see how well the noodles had rehydrated. The taste, however, was a horse of a different color.
The tastemaker didn’t have the classic desi masale. Instead it was a umami, broth-like flavor profile. That said, owing to the delicate flavors, you can build the spice up with a drizzle of chilli oil. Definitely a must-try who are looking for cup noodles with a delicate flavor profile and a delish broth to go with it.
A 60-gram cup is priced at Rs 109/- with a 12-month shelf life. Inside the paper cup, there are three sachets- seasoning, veggies, onion paste. This also had a foldable plastic fork.
The main ingredients are wheat flour, palm oil, dried vegetables (carrot, cabbage, mushroom, corn kernel, leek), salt, spices, sugar, mono sodium glutamate, soy sauce, acidity regulator (sodium tripolyphosphate, sodium bicarbonate, potassium carbonate), caramel color, thickener (cellulose gum), disodium ribonucleotides, anticaking agent (silicone dioxide).
Sodium (in mg) per serve – 1414 mg
- Thumbs up for the quality of noodles. They are long and bouncy.
- Liberty to customize flavors, if needed.
- Delicate flavors.
- Cutlery included
- Highest sodium content.
If you prefer delicately flavored noodles, without an overdose of seasoning, Mama cup noodles are a must-try.
3. Nissin Masala Noodles
This had a mix of short and long noodles that rehydrated decently, they didn’t have a smooth bite and neither were they as springy as our Top Pick. The veggies plumped up and developed a nice bite. The noodle to masala ratio gets a thumbs up from us.
The flavors in the tastemaker weren’t bad, but this did not win because in a comparative situation, our Top Pick tasted better. They were prominent on warm spices.
A 70-gram cup is priced at Rs 50/- and has an eight month shelf life. This does not include any cutlery and has a regular, paper cup packing.
The main ingredients are refined wheat flour, edible vegetable oil (palm oil), dehydrated pieces (4.82%- corn, carrot, french beans, green peas, curry leaves), iodised salt, mixed spices (1.49%- red chilli, turmeric, coriander, black pepper, cumin, fenugreek, ginger, clove, nutmeg, and green cardamom), hydrolysed vegetable protein powder (soya), onion powder, sugar, cornstarch, maltodextrin, yeast extract powder, flavor enhancers (INS 631, INS 627, INS 620), acidity regulators (INS 500 i, INS 451 i, INS 330), thickeners (INS 415), and antioxidant (INS 319)
Sodium (in mg) per serve – 980 mg
- Aromatic tastemaker
- Rehydrates well
- Good noodle to masala ratio
- Noodles aren’t smooth or springy
- No cutlery
4. Wai Wai Ready to Eat Masala Noodles
Wai Wai cup noodles rehydrated well but the noodles had a SUPREMELY dry bite. Moreover, the dry noodle cake had a rancid oil-like smell. Additionally, the masala to noodle ratio was disappointingly low. This definitely needs a boost of masalas.
A 70-gram cup is priced at Rs 50/-. This has a shelf life of 8 months. The noodles and tastemaker are packed in a sturdy plastic cup.
The main ingredients are-
Noodles- Refined wheat flour, edible vegetable oil, iodised salt, wheat gluten, flavor enhancer (E 621), soy sauce (caramel- E 150 D), tomato sauce, chilli sauce, acidity regulators (E 330, E 451 I, E 500 II), thickener (E 421), black pepper, onion.
Tastemaker- iodised salt, chilli, soy sauce, (caramel- E 150 D), flavor enhancer (E 621, E 627, E 631), dehydrated vegetables (carrot, cabbage, spring onion), sugar, garam masala, maltodextrin (E 1400), black salt, coriander, garlic, onion, turmeric, cumin, black pepper, ginger, acidity regulator (E 330), clove, hydrolysed vegetable protein, fenugreek, nutmeg, fennel, cinnamon, anticaking agent (E 551), paprika extract (E 160 c), cardamom, emulsifier (E 433) Contains permitted natural colors (E150d, E160c) and added flavors.
PS- Wai Wai also states that their noodles are pre-cooked, flavored, and fried.
Sodium (in mg) per serve – 1071 mg
- Rehydrates well
- Sturdy, plastic packing
- Aroma of stale fat.
- Texture was disappointing.
- Insufficient masala.
Our Top Picks & Recommendations
Why is Maggi our Top Pick?
Of the four brands we tried, Maggi wins the title of the best vegetarian masala cup noodles brand in India. The texture, flavors, ratio of masala to noodles and other significant aspects made Maggi our Top Pick.
We would also like to give a special mention to Mama cup noodles if you’re looking for something more delicate and broth-like.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some interesting FAQs on masala cup noodles.
After an intensive review, we titled Maggi the best masala cup noodles in India.
No, Maggi had balanced spice levels, whereas Mama was not spicy at all.
No, the noodles are made of refined wheat flour.
No, we would not recommend cup noodles for regular consumption as they are high on sodium and other additives like acidity regulators, flavor enhancers, and thickeners.
No, but they contain additives like acidity regulators, flavor enhancers, flavoring substances, added color, and more.
Not just taste and texture, Maggi Masala Cup Noodles also have the lowest sodium content among our contenders. In addition to these key reasons, pricing was another aspect why Maggi turned out to be the Top Pick.
Cup noodles or instant noodles, what do you prefer?