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

What Is It?

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.

Burgundy Box

Introduced by Chef Ajay Chopra {MasterChef India fame}, this gourmet delivery service helps you cook your favourite meals in a jiffy. The instruction menu lists down the process to follow, the vessels to use and even the skill level required to cook the dish ordered.

You have an option for going with a party menu or even zero grocery menu.

Delivery Area: Borivali to Bandra

Cost For Two: INR 600

Cuisine: Indian, Oriental, Continental

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Out Of The Box

Started by husband and wife duo Kapil and Reshma Sanghi {owners of Food For Thought café, Fort}, Out Of The Box is a vegetarian delivery service that offers you a host of delightful meals that are perfect for the day you want to take it easy. With a winning combination of main course and dessert {pre-measured}, you really can’t go wrong.

They have a mix of Indian, Spanish, Cantonese dishes, salads and desserts on offer.

Delivery Area: Colaba to Bandra

Cost For Two: INR 350 per meal box

Cuisine: Indian, Spanish, Cantonese

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Let’s Chef

Founded by Mohit Bhatia, Let’s Chef is cheaper than its counterparts in price but is as good when it comes to flavor. With a weekly menu to choose from, ice boxes that store your food box and easy-to-understand recipe cards, you have the option to get this home delivered to any part in Mumbai.

Delivery Area: Across Mumbai

Cost For Two: Starts at INR 180 per meal box

Cuisine: Italian, Indian, Spanish, Asian

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One of the most popular DIY meal kit services around, iChef gives you options to try out new dishes every week. With meals from different parts of the world, they make gourmet cooking pretty simple and fun. They have recently included a healthy snacks option that serves jowar cookies, energy squares, flavoured makhana and trail mixes.

Delivery Area: Across Mumbai

Cost For Two: INR 150 – INR 350 {light snacks/main course}

Cuisine: Malaysian, Chinese, Italian, African, Burmese

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Chef’s Basket

Started by ex-IITians, Chef’s Basket has DIY meals in boxes that are available via Amazon India or through other online retailers. While you’ll have to source your own ingredients {veggies or non-veg}, you’ll get the sauces and condiments in sachets along with the dish.

Deliver Area: Across Mumbai {online}

Cost For Two: INR 100 approx. for a meal box

Cuisine: Italian, Oriental, Moroccan

Check out their Facebook page and website.