20. Maggi – Mumbaiya Chatak Masala Noodles (Limited Edition)

Are you as excited as me about the 4 new flavors by Maggi? Well I was excited about their “Hot Heads” range too and that did not turn out so well. Anyways, let’s not lose hope and see if these flavors live up to my expectations.


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The 4 new flavors are – Mumbaiya Chatak, Anritsari Achari, Super Chennai and Bengali Jhaal. These sound both interesting and confusing to me tbh.

“Mumbaiya Chatak – Your favourite masala taste with a twist of zesty, piquant spices inspired by Mumbaiya food.”

That is what is printed on the pack. And piquant means – having a pleasantly sharp taste or appetizing flavor. Umm i googled that!

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Priced at Rs 20/-, slightly higher than the original Maggi Masala Noodles.

Cooking instructions as on the pack-

  1. Break the noodle cake into 4 parts.
  2. Add noodles and TASTEMAKER to 210ml (approx 1.5 tea cups) of boiling water.
  3. Cook for 2 minutes in an open pan. Stir occasionally. Do not drain remaining water.

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 The noodle block seems to be different from the standard Maggi noodles blocks. This one seems to be lighter and more delicate. We will know if it’s a good or a bad thing after tasting.
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 The tastemaker seems to have too many spices in it.

Following are the spices mentioned on the packet : mixed spices, dehydrated onion, red chilli, ginger powder, dried garlic, coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, cinnamon powder, dehydrated coriander leaves, dehydrated kasuri methi leaves, clover powder, aniseed powder, star anise powder, capsicum extract, black pepper powder, fenugreek powder, green cardamom powder, nutmeg powder, coriander extract & cumin extract, sugar, dehydrated vegetables – carrot & green bell peppers and other things. Phew!!!

Also it may contain milk solids, soya and mustard.

What is happening here? “Masala of India” does not mean you put all the freaking masalas in one single sachet.

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 Well it has the aroma of everything honestly. Although the predominant spices as on the front of the pack are – cloves, kasuri methi, star anise and cinnamon.

And just look at the quantity! Too much for the amount of noodles supplied. These instant noodles look like a disaster to me. Too much of anything is not good and I am a firm believer of this theory.

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 Let’s get to the point, here is what I think –

  • Firstly, I couldn’t eat more than 3 bites. The third bite was to confirm the citric flavor. Yes, there is a lemony tinge to it which I do not understand.
  • Secondly, there is just too much “masala” for the given quantity of the noodles. Really half of the given quantity of seasoning is needed.
  • Thirdly, what is this masala? How is this “Mumbaiya Chatak”? Are these noodles supposed to taste like Pav Bhaji?
  • Lastly the turmeric has spoiled my favorite chopsticks. Thanks Maggi. If you are planning on eating with chopsticks, I suggest you use the metallic ones only.

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The only saving grace are the noodles. Good crumble to them.

Well, I have lived in Mumbai for a good amount of time and eaten more than the required amounts of food but I still haven’t been able to figure out how this flavor is supposed to be “Mumbaiya Chatak”.

If you have any clue, do let me know. Till then I am sticking to the original Maggi Masala noodles {hyperlink}.

Rating: 1/5

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