Till a while ago, when you hankered for a home-cooked meal, you’d have to wait to be invited to a friend’s home. Or wait till lunchtime to attack your colleague’s dabba.
For city folk who don’t have the patience to cook every day, can’t get the hang of regional cooking, or simply don’t match up to mummy’s skills, there are great new ways to sample ghar ka khana, at your own home and someone else’s. Hungry yet?
Order gourmet and cook it
How: Hautechef.in and iChef.in
Gourmet ingredients are expensive, especially if you never end up finishing an entire bottle of olive oil, fish sauce or ragu. And who wants to measure, chop and peel to eat the stuff you can order in a restaurant?
Hautechef.in and iChef.in both help you cook exotic meals at home simply: they’ll deliver carefully measured ingredients and a recipe for a single meal.
Go online, check out their menu for the week, choose a dish, order and follow the instructions. For example, if you’ve picked the chicken and scallion yakitori with Japanese fried rice (Rs 350 for two on Hautechef.in), your package will have little packets containing 3 tbsp olive oil, 1 cup rice, 5 cloves garlic, 2 chicken breasts and all the rest needed for you to whip up a storm.
iChef charges Rs 125 per meal portion per person. “We have around 50 customers a day,” says iChef founder Chirag Arya. “They have written in to us saying ‘Our kids love eating at home now’. That’s the best thing to hear.”
From HT Brunch, May 31
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