Zero Effort: Cook A Fancy Meal At Home With These DIY Kits

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    In the mood for some Moroccan stew with mint couscous and don’t know where to start? Most of us, inspired by the multitude of cookery shows on TVs and even YouTube, like to experiment and cook an occasional exotic dish to please the eye (or gut).

    While the availability of recipes are a dime a dozen and replicating a MasterChef dish sounds appealing, what does one do if it ends up in a culinary catastrophe? New-age entrepreneurs have the solution – a DIY meal box with fresh ingredients and a step-by-step instruction card to help you cook the meal of your dreams. Make sure you bookmark this list of DIY meal kits for you to try! 

    Hummsafar

    Hummsafar

    Available on LBB

    This Indian brand understands how difficult it is for you to whip up food after a hectic workday, and comes to your rescue with its ready-to-eat Dal Makhani, Delhi Ke Chhole with Jeera Rice, Methi Thepla with Aloo Bhaji, and Punjab De Rajma with Jeera Rice. We've particularly enjoyed chomping on their Delhi Ke Chhole. Their food makes you miss your mum a little less, and you won't even feel the guilt of having rich food or eating out because none of their recipes have preservatives.

    Price: INR 119 onward

    P.S: They're all homely meals cooked using fresh ingredients and have a shelf life of six months. 

    La Cucina

    La Cucina

    Available Online

    Pasta lovers, this one's for you. La Cucina makes fresh artisanal DIY pasta kits which offer a true Italian experience. Their DIY pasta kits come with pre-portioned, easy-to-make fresh gourmet pasta. And yes, every kit comes with instruction cards. The best part? Their menu changes bi-weekly. And till date, we've come across their lip-smacking DIY kits which include ravioli and fresh pasta. Of course, along comes sauce, cheese and extra add-ons. How cute!  

    Price: INR 600 onward

    The Table Treat Co

    For Asian cuisine lovers, The Table Treat Co has got kits for Thai curry, Pad Thai, Laksa with noodles, edamame ramen bowl and more. Craving Middle Eastern? You can opt for their Mezze platter and paneer shawarma. For Mexican lovers, they've got a double-decker tostada and soft taco kit. And lastly, who'd not want a heartwarming bowl of Khow Suey? You can also opt for their other Burmese delicacies like Burmese curry samosa, spicy tofu tartlets and spring onion pancakes. 

    Price: INR 300 onward

    Supper

    Supper

    Available Online

    This brand has an array of authentic global dishes including Drunken Noodles, classic Margherita pizza, Mexican tacos, burgers (we hear their Dirty Porto Beanie Burger is best-selling), truffle fries etc. The best part? These can literally be cooked by anyone in just 15-20 minutes. Fond of Korean dishes? Order their Bibimbap and crunchy chicken fries. 

    Price: INR 420 onward

    White Light Food

    This brand specializes in handmade and Asian ready-to-cook pastes, sauces and gravies. Apart from that, they're also offering DIY Asian and Oriental frozen food kits like dimsums, flavorful bao and more. You can opt for their veg spring rolls, mushroom black pepper dim sum and vegetable crystal. For those looking to jazz up their boring ghar ka khana, they've got an array of zesty sauce options for you. Think Manchurian sauce, hot chilli sauce, spicy basil sauce, Thai red sauce, Mongolian sauce, Kung pao sauce and more. BRB, drooling. 

    Price: INR 200 onward

    Chefling

    Chefling

    Available Online

    We've all been there- paid an exorbitant amount at fancy Asian bistros to satisfy our sushi cravings. But no more burning a hole in your pocket. Cheflings is an awesome brand that uncomplicates fancy cuisine for crazy foodies. Their sushi kits include pre-measured portions of top-notch ingredients like sushi rice, vinegar, tempura, sushi mat, nori sheet, mayo, black sesame, wasabi powder, light soy and chopsticks. All you've gotta do is add the veggies or meat of your choice. With every kit, the good peeps at Cheflings will be sending a step by step guide along with a processed video. 

    Price: INR 999 onward

    Burgundy Box

    Burgundy Box

    Available Online

    Introduced by Chef Ajay Chopra (MasterChef India fame), this gourmet delivery service helps you cook your favourite meals in a jiffy. They've got Bhuna paneer lazeez, murgh tikka, Thai curry and Khao Suey at the moment. The instruction menu lists down the process to follow, the vessels to use and even the skill level required to cook the dish ordered. They also have Meal Trays which include entire veg and non-veg meals. 

    Price: INR 149 onward

    P.S: They deliver only between Borivali and Bandra.