After moving away from home and into a dorm, I seriously started to miss my kitchen. I’m a passionate home cook, so I was heartbroken when I came to the realization that I no longer had 24/7 access to all the pots, pans, utensils, and ingredients that I had at home. Plus, being a student on a tight budget is like having a one-way ticket to the Land of Bland and Boring Food. It's hard to make quick meals with lots of flavor and little money. To help me cope, I called my mom and complained excessively about how I couldn't make dinner on a whim or fit all the food I wanted into my mini-fridge. The next time I went home to visit, she handed me a solution: my very own (homemade!) mini spice set, complete with 28 different spices. A survival kit for the deprived chef, if you will. Naturally, my first course of action was to upgrade plain ol' college-student ramen and make it my own!

I know they say not to mess with a classic, but despite the cheapness and ease of conventional instant ramen, eating it night after night gets pretty blah after a while. And if you're a vegetarian like me, you probably know that there's only one variety that isn't meat-based (and it's pretty tough to find). Enter this dressed-up ramen recipe, with all the noodle love but none of the monotony or the chicken! I invented this spicy curry-flavored version in the name of variety and vegetarianism, and it has since become my signature dorm room creation. Over the course of my first semester, I have grown to love my recipe dearly—and so have my hall mates! If you're a ramen addict in search of something different (and you happen to have lots of spices on hand), this is the recipe for you!

Dorm Room Ramen: Reloaded

  • Prep Time:5 mins
  • Cook Time:5 mins
  • Total Time:10 mins
  • Servings:1
  • Easy


  • 1 package instant ramen any variety
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 TBS Madras curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cracked pepper
  • 1/4 tsp yellow mustard seeds
  • 1/8 tsp celery seeds
  • 1/8 tsp chili powder to taste
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  • Step 1

    In a small pot, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Once the water boils, reduce the heat to medium-high.

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  • Step 2

    (Optional step): For extra flavor, you can toast the spices in a small frying pan on medium-low heat. Toast for 2-4 minutes or until you can smell the aroma. Be sure to move the spices around to prevent burning!

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  • Step 3

    Add the spices to the water to make the broth for the noodles. Stir to combine.

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  • Step 4

    Open the package of ramen. Be sure to remove and discard the included seasoning packet. Add the dry ramen noodles to the broth and stir.

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  • Step 5

    Allow 10 minutes for the noodles to cook, stirring and separating noodles occasionally.

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  • Step 6

    Remove from heat, pour into a bowl and enjoy hot.

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Occasionally, I like to add frozen mixed vegetables and/or silken tofu for a little more nutrition.

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