Craving Good Food? Dial Up these Top Home-Chefs For A Belly-Filling Meal

Shruti posted on 31 January

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Pune has a thriving dining-out culture, but when you’re tired of going out for meals and crave ghar-ka-khana, what do you do? You call the city’s best Home Chefs, for some nourishing, belly-filling, lip-smackin’ good grub. Here's a list of top home-chefs.

The Secret Chef

Started by Sajjani Nair out of her home in 2014, 'The Secret Chef' is your ‘neighbourhood gourmet kitchen’. Initially, she would do pop-ups around the city, serving delicious food packed away in the trunk of her car – and her food would get sold out in the blink of an eye! Sajjani takes great pride in everything that she cooks, making sure only the freshest ingredients go into her food. She starts her week with a bit of research on Mondays, and plans the menu according to what best suits the season. This way, she tailors and changes her menu quite regularly, so there’s always something new to try. Her repertoire includes {but is not limited to} a mix of Oriental, South Indian, Mediterranean, European, and Middle-Eastern cuisine. Expect hearty, full-flavoured comfort food with NO added preservatives, or artificial flavours. Sajjani’s kitchen is functional on most days, but you need to order {directly from her} at least 24hrs in advance. Her meals are pocket-friendly, great for solo dining, and/or for house parties. Currently she does not offer home delivery, but trust us – her food is worth the extra mile. Try her spinach and ricotta pie, Burmese khow suey, pork spare ribs; or ask for her daily specials.

Cloves Catering

What started off as a passion project 4 years ago, soon became a full-time job for Anuja and Parikshit Vilekar – founders/owners of Cloves Catering. Famous for their many different kinds of biryani and their CKP Maharashtrian fare, you won’t see their style of food on Restaurant menus anywhere else in the city. We’ve heard high praises of their biryanis, and suggest you try their Ratnagiri-style kachche murgh ki biryani, double decker biryani, Nawabi tarkari biryani, and their Cloves Special veg biryani. From their regional fare, try the CKP-style crab/chicken/mutton curries, chicken sukkha in home-ground spices, kheema and pea pattice, kadvya vaalacha birdhe {bitter cluster bean curry} and sodey bharli vaangi {dried prawn stuffed brinjal}. Pricing for the smallest biryani portion starts at INR 550 for 1/2kg {feeds 3-4 people}, and can go up to INR 2200 – 2300 per kg. Their wide variety of starters will cost you approximately between INR 500 – 900 per plate {a portion for 4 people}, or per dozen cutlets/pattice. You can order directly from them {a day or two in advance} by phone, or via their FB page. They offer delivery across Pune.
Fast Food Restaurants

Achal Leela Khushboo, Shop 1, Pimple Nilakh, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Pune

Underground Kitchen

Run by Home Chef Arjun, Underground Kitchen specialises in authentic Malayali-Malabari and Goan cuisine. Hailing from the Kannur region of North Kerala, Arjun’s Malayali heritage is celebrated through his food. He started Underground Kitchen only about a year ago – very reluctantly, at the insistence and encouragement of friends. Specialties include mutton stew, Kerala-style fish curries, appam, Goan-style vindaloo, pork bafat, Mangalorean pork indad, and Coorgi curry with sannas {to name a few}. A lot of the produce used in Arjun’s cooking comes from his own farm {he is a farmer by profession} – free range chicken, wheat, rice, etc. so it’s farm-to-fork eating. You can place your over the phone, or via their Facebook Page. The dishes are moderately priced, and they deliver within a 3km radius of Kalyani Nagar. You can also order and collect your food in person {by the sound of their menu, we think it’ll be worth it}. We suggest you to keep an eye out for their special home-hosted meals, which they organise through Authenticook.

Aadhi Jevan

Bored of the outside food or the monotonous dabbas with the repetitive menu? We found an online food portal that has given the catering concept a fresh twist. Have a party and no time to cook? Worry not, at a reasonable price, you can give them bulk party orders and enjoy home-cooked food. They customise veg as well as non-veg dishes according to your taste buds, and design packages according to your budgets. Why opt for the regular take-out in office parties when you can enjoy homemade wholesome thalis for under INR 120 per person?


Home Caterers

Vasant Villa, Lalit Estate, Baner, Pune

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Pankaja's Kitchen

Home Chef Pankaja started her catering services around a year ago. Prior to that, she worked in a hotel management institute – but left her job because she wanted to work for herself. We’ve heard wonderful things about her Maharashtrian-Konkani fare, which you can either order directly from Pankaja herself, or via her Mealtango page – which features her extensive menu. Try her dry chicken curry, mutton rassa, mutton sukkha, and vegetarian thali. You can feast comfortably on Pankaja’s food, and it’s light on the wallet, too – starting from INR 10 for chapatis, to INR 180 for a veg thali, and INR 350 onwards for non-veg dishes. She also offers home-delivery, so you don’t have to hassle with travelling to pick up your food.