punes best chef contest

Are You Pune’s Best Chef?

MealTango is out to find out who is Pune’s Best Chef.

And maybe it’s you!

MealTango believes that it isn’t only professional chefs who are the best at their trade, and indeed passionate home chefs, home bakers, professional chefs and even cooking enthusiasts, can take part in this contest!

The best part is that it just takes 2 minutes to enrol, and as a winner of the contest you will be felicitated at the Taj Mahal Hotel, Colaba by Australian Celebrity Chef and Masterchef Australia Guest Judge, Christine Manfield.

Oh, and did we mention you will receive gifts worth over Rs. 10,000 from Stahl Cookware, WeikfieldFood Think and more!?

How to Participate

Simply visit the contest page (or click here) and go to the ‘How to Enter’ section.

Upload your photo and details to participate as a contestant.

It literally takes two minutes. For questions, email us at concierge@mealtango.com.

How to Win

This is a popular vote contest.

Once you have entered, simply click the Share Button (share-button) on your entry and ask anyone who has tried your food, to vote for you (e.g. your friends, family, customers, etc).

You can also share your entry on your Facebook timeline and ask your friends to vote for you.

The chef with the most votes on 11.59pm, Saturday, 11th February, 2017, will be declared the winner.

No cooking required. Security checks are in place so that voters can only vote once. Valid votes verification will be conducted.

Your Prize

As the winner, you will be brought to the Taj Mahal Hotel, Colaba on the 13th of February, 2017.

You will be felicitated by Australian Celebrity Chef, Author and Masterchef Australia Guest Judge Christine Manfield. You will receive the certificate of Pune’s Best Chef, and have an opportunity to meet with the judge.

You will also receive prizes from Stahl Cookware and Food Think, among other sponsors.

Runner Up and Consolation Prizes

The First Runner Up (2nd place) and Second Runner Up (3rd place) chefs will also receive certificates of recognition. They can will also have the opportunity to meet and receive the certificates from Chef Christine Manfield. However, travel to the venue would be at their expense.

Contest Rules

For full contest rules, please visit the contest page, and review the section ‘Contest Rules’.

So what are you waiting for! It’s free to enrol, and no purchase is necessary. Click here to participate.


Love is in the Air!

“Love is in the air everywhere I look around
Love is in the air every sight and every sound
And I don’t know if I’m being foolish
Don’t know if I’m being wise
But it’s something that I must believe in
And it’s there when I look in your eyes”

Have you ever felt special because of Someone? Always wanted to Thank Someone for being there in your Life? Well, MealTango is stirring up a perfect plan for the Month of Love!

Between all your hectic schedules, days of never-ending deadlines and bundles of pending work, you can still make your loved ones feel special! All you have to do is trust our Home Chefs and they will add the right amount of love to any dish that they prepare to make Your Valentine’s Special!

I think you all should get an extra brownie point for guessing the theme of our Next Month Special! Our Menu is going to be up real soon. But just in case, you have a special request, you know whom to contact!

Meanwhile, our Chef Ajinder has a special message for you,
“You’ve got your sweetheart and we’ve got ours too, to help you impress yours! Heart shaped Chocolates in a wide range from liquor truffles to paan filling we’ve got them all! Soft orange jelly, coffee caramel, mint, etc.  just give us the flavor of your choice and we’ll wrap it up in Chocolate for you and your loved ones! Assorted packs from 6 pieces to 24 pieces beautifully embellished and packed! We have a box for every budget!” You can order the chocolates here.

BTW, this is just one of the offerings that is up for grabs! Imagine the widespread that you get to choose from! In short, DO NOT HESITATE, WE REPEAT, DO NOT HESITATE, and send in your special requests and we will have it beautifully planned for you! :)


So, How do you plan to spend your Valentine? Share with us and let us know while we sit back and enjoy this sweet special Gulab Jamun Cheesecake! :)

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Until Then!

With ,
Yours Truly!

Cherishing the joys of our Harvest!

We reap only what has been sown! With the Great Indian Harvest Festival, we at Meal Tango are only reaping the sweet words from all of you who had a chance to taste our harvest special delicacies!

It is not just a radiant fare of Punjabi, Maharashtrian, Sindhi & Rajasthani dishes that we are raving about, but the kind words that we received and the happy tummies that we filled. Don’t believe us? Look what Makarand Koppikar has to say about us -

“MealTango is doing a great job of getting us to know such wonderful home-chefs and organizing wonderful food festivals. We can select from a fantastic spread at a quite reasonable price and we get home delivery, no matter where we stay in Pune. Looking forward to many such occasions. Thank you MealTango :)

And also, Praveen who tried out Amritsari Kulchas, Pindi Chole and Gajar ka Halwa from our Home Chef Ajinder’s Kitchen called it a “MAGIC ROOM”

Wait! The good talks are not yet over! Did a tiny bird tell you that we were also featured in The News? Uh-oh, if you didn’t, here are the excerpts -

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MealTango featured in Pune Mirror! :)

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Sakal Times writes about MealTango

The year has just begun, and we are all set to add some extra ghee & tadka to it! Mr. Jitendra Mantri wouldn’t agree more. He quotes, “Meal Tango ensures that we can taste various indian cultural delicacies specialties right in the comfort of the home with homely cooked food………great combo of food chefs….”

So just in case you are guilty of missing it out, you already know what you should be doing the next time! And to add to the guilt, here’s what our spread looked like -


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                                                   The Great Indian Harvest Festival

Until then, don’t feel guilty the next time and keep eating, keep ordering & keep spreading the joy of a home-cooked meal!

So… What is MealTango?

A food company with a motto ‘Great foods from Great Homes. Delivered to your doorstep’ is now making a lot of people in Pune happy and content with their seIMG_4370rvice and home cooked meals.

MealTango was started with a belief that the best food that you can get is from homes. The co – founders of MealTango are husband & wife duo – Saket Khanna and Neeta Valecha.

But how, when and where did it all start??

Let’s rewind……..

Saket had been abroad for a good 8 years, and really missed home food. After graduating from Oxford University, Saket was with his wife in London. They had an Indian movie producer’s visit, who absolutely relished a simple traditional Indian breakfast of Aloo Parathas and adrak chai. Having lived abroad for so many years made Saket empathize with the Indian movie producer.
Neeta and Saket immediately felt that good home food is something completely missing from peoples’ lives. Unless you live with your mother, can cook yourself, or have a wife/husband who loves to feed you, you can forget about it!!! And so they decided to return to India to start MealTango. The idea being, one should get home food wherever one should go.
Christian Manfield (Guest Judge Masterchef Australia) with our Home Chef Tejaswi in Mumbai

Christian Manfield (Guest Judge Masterchef Australia) with our Home Chef Tejaswi in Mumbai

 Currently, MealTango provides delicious home made food (right from simple daal-chawal) to exotic lasagne and regional favourites like Chettinadu Egg Curry …). All the recipes and the food is even approved by a food taster before coming onto the website, and strict quality control measures are in place to help ensure that you aren’t getting just ‘any home food’, but that it is really good food made in a good home using high quality ingredients  -  just like you would want!!
Celebrity Chefs Ranveer Brar and Blogger Rushina at The home cooking demonstration at The MealTango zone.

Celebrity Chefs Ranveer Brar and Blogger Rushina at The home cooking demonstration at The MealTango zone.

Our Co - founder Neeta serving the Onam Sadya, which was a huge hit!!!

Our Co – founder Neeta serving the Onam Sadya, which was a huge hit!!!

 MealTango delivers across Pune, India. However, over 400 homechef requests are with the website from across India and even countries like Italy and Australia.
At MealTango we believe we are providing food lovers the opportunity to sample really delicious food that is NOT harmful to you – unlike the preservative laden ready-to-eat stuff, or the restaurant food we resign to.
                                                                               With MealTango, you can select your
location, and get the food delivered to your doorstep in as little as an hour (depending on your location).
MealTango is delighted to provide free delivery on even low cost orders, and provides food for parties and companies (corporate orders) as well.
We don’t believe in mass production of food, and so usually do not take on orders of over 50 people.
 It is possible to join MealTango as a homechef, and also get corporate discounts and subscription meals.
So… if you are on the fence, take a dive and join in the food revolution.
Until next time,
Team MealTango


You can also choose to dine with a family when traveling in India and Internationally. Simply visit MealTango.com and click ‘Dine in a Home’.

A proud and exciting moment!!!

Team MealTango is excited to share with all you readers that we got featured in the Australian Finance Review Newspaper!!!

Christine Manfield, Chef, traveller and guest judge of Masterchef Australia is famous for her restaurants like Universal and Paramount in Sydney, Australia. She is also an avid traveller, who has been visiting Mumbai since the late 90′s. She was hosted by a MealTango Home Chef Ms. Tejaswi, who prepared an authentic Maharashtrian Thali.

Christine has mentioned about MealTango in her article “Walking and eating guide to Mumbai”

Here is what she wrote:


Meal Tango is a brilliant initiative started by Saket Khanna – you choose online from the various options and regional cuisines available, from Assam, Kerala, Rajasthan, Maharasthan and more, and experience excellent, authentic home cooking at a shared table in a private residence. I had lunch with a Maharasthan family who educated me into the subtleties of the various sub-genres and clans within the community. It’s clean with lighter flavours and lots of vegetables.

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Christine Manfield and friends try out MealTango in Mumbai

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Christine Manfield with homechef Tejaswi, and family

We’re delighted to be recognized by Christine Manfield and by the group that joined us from Australia.

You can also choose to dine with a family when traveling in India and Internationally. Simply visit MealTango.com and click ‘Dine in a Home’.


Team MealTango

Snack down memory lane…Shrimp Batter Fry

I take a quick trip down the memory lane. Collages of having this sinfully yummy snack particularly on a chilly winter evening come flashing one after another.

The most prominent one being: coming home after college, wondering all the way what would be there to snack with tea. And once you near the house gate your mood instantly lifts up because you can smell it in the air.

Aroma of this heavenly Bengali snack wafting through the kitchen hits your olfactory organs and your evening (and part of next day too) is made.

For mom comes out of the kitchen with her heart warming smile holding a plate of your shrimp batter fry your most adorable snack. You wish to barely throw your bag on the sofa and dig right in, but mummy will only let you touch this delectable snack after you have washed your hands.

What follows is truly a gastronomical as well as an emotional experience. Crispy fried succulent shrimp dumplings with the right hint of spices and a hot cup of Darjeeling tea, makes all the gossip of the day come tumbling out and long chat session with mom ensues. The evening is well spent indeed!!!

Similar memories of this authentic Bengali snack also exist — it being an extremely popular item in this part of the country. Your shopping to New Market (one of the oldest heritage building) in Kolkata is never complete without having a plateful of Shrimp Batter Fry at Karco’s or Regent with coffee. But nothing beats home-made or rather mom-made.

So here it is for all those who are drooling already and can’t – wait – to – try – this out – Bengali recipe at home and wow not only at yourself, but all your guests and folks at home as well!!!

Shrimp Batter Fry

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  1. Shrimp – 100gms
  2. Onion – 1 medium (finely chopped)
  3. Garlic – 2 pods (finely chopped)
  4. Ginger – 1” piece (finely chopped)
  5. Soya Sauce – 1 tsp
  6. Rice flour- 1 tsp
  7. Oil – to fry
  8. Cornflour -1 tbsp
  9. Salt – to taste .


  1. Clean, wash and pat dry shrimp. Keep it in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the chopped onion, garlic and ginger in the mixing bowl.
  3. Add soya sauce and cornflour along with very little salt as soya sauce already contains salt.
  4. Mix rice flour with a little water to form a paste. Pour this paste onto the shrimp mixture. Mix well. Add water carefully to form a batter.
  5. Heat oil in a wok. Take spoonfuls of the batter and deep fry.
  6. Serve with ketchup or any dip of your choice.

Enjoy as an evening snack. Truly Bong style!!!


A Bengali HomeChef with MealTango.com

At MealTango, we believe that the best food you get is in homes! We find the best food talent in town, so you don’t have to. You can visit mealtango.com and see what delicious foods are available in your area! 

Why I started MealTango…. Our C.E.O speaks….

People assume I must be a huge foodie, to have started a website like MealTango. But here’s the cold- hard- bitter- truth: I was NOT a foodie!!

Do I have a greater understanding of food now? Sure! But the motivations behind starting MealTango were not for a want of fancy food. Read on to know more.

Rewind to 2005. I sat in a Boeing 777 on a rainy day in Mumbai. I was flying to the USA for a short assignment. Little did I know that this six month assignment would extend into a six year one.

Like every good Indian traveller, I was carrying a ‘Prestige Pressure Cooker’ in my bag, and I was confident I would learn to cook, or at least get by on pizzas, sandwiches and Italian food in general… After all we ate out at all those restaurants, right?

But I soon realised how unprepared I was for food.

Cooking, I soon realized, may be pleasurable and relaxing for some others. But I hated it. With a passion!

Eating out every day proved to be inherently expensive. Even boring. And the food at the Indian restaurants… just wasn’t the same thing. It came to a point where every time I boarded a flight to India, I was thinking… “Home Food!”

And so all my meetings with friends back home in Pune, India, would be over a freshly made home fare: Daal chawal and pickle, idli chutney with butter, hot tea with pakoras, or a North Indian peas pulao  dinner.

And each time I returned I dearly missed the delicious flavours from back home.

Eight years on, I had now moved to the UK, completed an MBA from a well known university, and was now working in London. My wife, Neeta, joined me (hoorray! she cooks and loves to feed me!), and we started hosting travellers in our home through sites like 9 flats, couch surfing and Airbnb.

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Saket Khanna: Accidental Foodie! (along with Neeta Valecha)

We then had a host of international travellers who crashed with us. One day, however, an Indian movie producer dropped by.

On this day, Neeta was making an irresistible Indian breakfast – Aloo parathas, served with butter, pickles, and tea.

So I asked our traveller friend if he’d like to join us. To which I got a delighted “yes, sure!”

And as he dined with me, we noticed how much he was savouring each bite.

Later that evening, when we were roaming our neighbourhood in Angel, London, Neeta said, “Why don’t we do something so people can easily get authentic dishes from homes wherever they go”.


Neeta strikes the ‘M’ pose at a MealTango Stall

Given how much I’d missed good home food, and remembering how our guest had dined with gusto – I couldn’t have agreed more.

After some deliberation, we decided to embark on creating what’s now called “MealTango”.

Home chef Perzen (aka Bawi Bride) with Damodar (CEO, Reliance Retail), Bela (chef), Jyot (Social Entrepreneur), Sangeeta (Author), Rochelle (Author), friends and Founders Saket and Neeta!

And so, like I said, I was NOT a foodie. Just a plebeian who loved flavors from back home.

Until next time….


MealTango has a new site!

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Get blazing fast delivery*, see images of your dishes, enjoy even better pricing!

Dinners start as low as Rs. 89, and breakfast at Rs. 59 – including delivery.

Our promise: All dishes are approved by professional tasters, and made by the best home chefs using only quality ingredients.

Visit MealTango.com and tell us what you think of our new site! We are here and listening.

Bon Appetit!

Fasting with Love…. Karwa Chauth

Karwa Chauth is a very popular and most awaited festival of Northern India. A festival celebrated by the Hindu married women, who fast for the longevity and safety of their husbands.


Preparations for this festival start a day earlier. Women look forward for this festival. They fast from early morning till moonrise without even drinking a drop of water. They usually eat food before sunrise and the food is usually vermicilli kheer, puri and aloo. Women folk then adorn themselves with shringar and other traditional adornments and wait for the moon to rise. They see the moon through a sieve and then look at their husband, then break their fast by drinking water.


The entire family then sits together for a grand feast….

It is said that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Karwa chaut goes on to show that staying away from food too, can lead to quite a romantic experience!

Penne for your thoughts…..National Pasta Day


Life is not worth living if I cannot eat pasta and bread again

                                                                                         - Monica Seles

We are talking about the world famous and one of the most favourites from kids to adults, PASTA!!!

Pasta is the national dish of Italy and it has also been named as the Queen of the Mediterranean Diet.  It is the staple and traditional food of Italy, with its first reference dated in the year 1154 in Sicily.


Did you know?? there are almost 600 varieties of pasta around the world and they are broadly classified as dried and fresh.

Fresh Pasta is called as Pasta Fresca and has a very delicate texture to it. It also cooks faster.

Dried Pasta is called as Pasta Secca and it has a firm texture and takes a longer time to cook.


Pasta is basically made from Durum Wheat and this helps in it holding its shape and staying firm while getting cooked. There are even colored pastas available and these are done with carrots to give them an orange colour, squid ink for black colour and spinach for green colour.

Here are some fun facts about Pasta….



Italy, U.S.A and Brazil are the three top producers of Pasta around the world.

An average Italian consumes 26 kgs of pasta annualy!!!

25th October is celebrated as the World Pasta Day

The shape of the pasta determines the pairing sauce (are pairing it right???)

A common belief is that Marco Polo brought Pasta from China in the 13th Century (We thought it was Italian!!!)

It is also believed that pasta existed in the 4th Century B.C!!!

There are three basic preparation styles:

Baked, Soup preparation and Sauce based (which one is your favorite??)

Did you know that Spagetti Bolognese, Macaroni and Cheese and Lasagna are the three most popular pasta dishes in the world?? So which one are you going to try next????

MealTango is very happy to celebrate the famous and favourite food around the world and make it part of our menu today.

As our motto goes, the food is not only great but also fresh and is free of preservatives and colouring. The food is tasted and tested by pro tasters to maintain the authenticity of the dish.

What are you waiting for!!!! Andare Avanti e Ordine!!!! ooops!!! Go ahead and order here!!!


Team MealTango