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The perks of a Home Cooked Meal!

Pune, a hub for Students & Engineers naturally attracts food businesses. After all – ‘paapi pet ka sawaal hai’! But, how many of us are really happy with the food that we eat every day?

Eating out in restaurants is a treat for many families, but the youth today prefers ordering over stirring their own curries. Badly cooked meals at offices, canteens or by maids leave one with nothing but a big hole in their pockets. It is then when we start longing for ‘Ghar ka Khaana’ in Pune.

Home cooked meals have added advantages over restaurant quality food in Pune. I bet you would agree about it, but here are reasons which will explicitly prove our point.

#1 Nutrition –
What is the best source for Proteins, Carbs & Fats? Obviously the food that you consume! Restaurant and commercial foods are notoriously high in fat, salt & sugar! Did you know a shocking fact – A child who eats a McDonald’s Happy Meal  has already consumed 90% trans fat allowed for the whole DAY!
These choices are absolutely fine for occasional indulgence but if you are having this everyday, you’re in for some bad health ahead!

Anju Khengat.jpegDelicious and Nutritious can go hand-in-hand!

#2 Food Allergies and Sensitivities –
Do you have Gluten intolerance, allergies, or gastritis due to consumption of stale food?Best of luck getting things customized at a restaurant! Home Chefs on the other hand are happy to customize orders just the way you like it, honey! ;)

Interestingly, at MealTango you can talk directly to the Home Chefs, so the food is made just to your liking. Take a look at the profile of a popular chef as an example.

#3 Food Safety –
Don’t always bother to check the use by dates, or always confused while picking up vegetables? You don’t have to worry, the food that you get delivered by our Home Chefs, is consistent with quality and is stored and treated the way it should be! In fact, chefs at MealTango are provided training from Australia’s Department of Health and Human Services, in how to handle and store food.

Ritu profile.jpgOur HomeChef Ritu, preparing a special Barbecue Dinner!

 So fellas, the next time you are contemplating a Healthy, Customized and Personalized option – You don’t have to worry! Close your eyes and nourish the winning benefits of a Home-Cooked Meal by our Home Chefs! Over and out to Healthy Living! :)

You can see options for chefs in Pune here!

Bon Appetit!

pune banner shortened.jpgMealTango is a food company that specializes in providing preservative free, freshly made food that’s delicious to eat and delivered to your door. Visit MealTango.com/Pune for more!

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,
Cheers,
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’.

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”.

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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….

Cheers!!!