Homemade food, home-delivered
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It is but natural to miss home food when you are staying away from home. The good news is that some apps now promise home delivery of home-cooked food. Most of them are not pan-India, delivering to one or a few cities. That is because the “homemade food” kitchens can deliver only to certain locations. If you happen to live in any of the cities that these apps cater to, you might want to give these a try.
This app promises healthy, affordable food from home chefs. It is currently available only in Delhi. Every day, you can order after 10am from a different menu, which has options like rajma chawal and pav bhaji. The price ranges from Rs.40-220 or more. The app provides a platform to independent sellers as well, enabling them to earn through their culinary skills. We did notice, however, that the app sometimes fails to recognize the pin codes of central Delhi.
The app offers personalized daily meal plans for young students staying in the coaching centre of Kota, Rajasthan. You get the option of basic meals like lunch and dinner, with a large variety of dishes to choose from. It does not offer non-vegetarian food at present, but users can select the vegetables they prefer; there are also various kinds of rice, like masala rice, jeera rice and veg pulao. Standard and premium variants of the tiffin, priced at Rs.80 and Rs.110, respectively, are available. Tiffinto is planning to roll out services in Indore and Jaipur over the next few months. An iOS app for iPhones is also in the works, but the current Android app interface needs improvement.
This app gives you an idea of home kitchens and tiffin services in your vicinity as well as options where you can place orders, as an aggregator would. Enter your location or let the phone’s GPS automatically detect your current location, and the home-kitchen options nearby will be listed. The unique feature of this app is that it also helps set up a “Home Shoppe”, which goes well beyond food orders and delivery. The Home Shoppe includes categories such as home cafés for home-cooked food; home academies for home-based cooking classes and home boutiques for homemade art and crafts. WatsCooking, which has a clean and easy-to-use interface, is present in almost every major city. Currently, that means 14 cities, including, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi and the National Capital Region, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune.
There is a wide variety of food options and the prices depend on the dish you select, but a standard thali for lunch, which includes rice, dal, chapati and one vegetable curry, is priced at Rs.40 in Bhopal, Rs.80 in Hyderabad and Rs.160 in Bengaluru.
The app simply connects cooks and foodies via chat. Anyone who knows how to cook can post their dishes, and users can look for home-food options in their area. Real-time feed helps track food items every time the nearest GrubAt Cook updates his/her kitchen. Users have the option of setting favourite cooks and blocking other cooks from contacting them. There is also a suite of filter options to view food. The app also offers features such as “Shout2Cook”, which helps you initiate meal chats with 10 cooks offering the food you need. Overall, a neat app, albeit a bit unconventional when it comes to ordering food (it does not provide the option of “add to cart”, i.e. buying directly from the app, which the other apps generally do).
Organic Tiffin Services
This app promises a five-star food experience. It claims to use vegetables and spices that are free of chemicals and pesticides. It offers only vegetarian food, with varieties such as a Jain meal and diet meals. Users of the app have to subscribe to a monthly tiffin delivery option (the monthly cost for a simple meal is Rs.1,320, plus delivery charges). Currently, there is no option of non-vegetarian food and there is just a lunch service available from Monday-Friday.
The app interface is easy to use and the contact information is required only when you order items from the menu. At present, the app caters only to Mumbaikars.
*Prices may vary