Do you live away from home and crave homely Dal-Chawal? ZuperMeal, a new mobile app on Mumbai's burgeoning food-and-tech start-ups block, might just be the best news for you.
Founded by Mumbai-based Pallavi Saxena, Balasubramanian A and Prabhakar Banerjee, the two-month-old app serves fare prepared by city's homemakers.
Maharashtrian-style Jeera Aloo, Curd and Sabudana Khichdi
The firm has received angel funding from celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor and Ravi Saxena, promoters of the kitchen appliance firm, Wonderchef, along with their two foreign partners.
"Here, talent is identified; their best dishes are curated, priced and presented by us. It also enables homemakers to sell their traditional savouries, which are without additives and preservatives, use healthier oil and no added colours," informs Saxena.
The daily menu includes home-cooked fare like Matar Paneer with Coriander Parathas, Palak Biryani with Gujarati Kadhi to contemporary dishes like Chicken Quiches, Mushroom Tartlets and Garlic Herb Roasted Chicken with Dinner Rolls. The service is available for lunch, evening snacks and dinner. It also offers traditional made-to-order fare like besan ke laddoos, and pickles as ZuperSpecials, which needs 48 hours advance ordering. The app has 150 home chefs registered with it and delivers between Powai and Andheri (E). It sells around 60 to 70 meals a day, priced between Rs 100 to Rs 200. There are plans to expand to the rest of the city, Thane and Navi Mumbai.
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Available on: Google Play Store
Call: 40058141 (for interested home chefs)
Our order: We ordered a Vegetarian Meal ('200, Cash On Delivery option is available) by home cook, Sunita Sharma. The meal comprised of Shahi Paneer, Dal Palak, Jeera Rice, two parathas and salad. Ordering through the app was hassle-free. Lunch orders are taken between 12 pm to 4 pm, so we were asked to pick our preferred time of delivery.
(Clockwise from left) Two parathas, Jeera Rice, Shahi Paneer, Dal Palak and salad is what we ordered
Service: Post the order being placed, we received an update on the dispatch through the app. Thankfully, we didn’t receive a call from the delivery boy asking for landmarks or directions and the order arrived on time. Thumbs up. Neatly packed in plastic containers, the food came without any spillage, with cutlery in tow. The wholesome portions appealed to us.
Taste: In terms of the consistency, we found both, Shahi Paneer and Dal Palak, watery, unlike their images posted on the app. However, with soft chunks of paneer and a cashew-based gravy, the veggies went well with the warm parathas (thankfully, not rubbery). Low on salt, the Dal Palak was average but we were sold on the Jeera Rice that was cooked to perfection.
ZuperMeal didn’t know we had ordered. The guide reviews anonymously and pays for its meals.