The next time you are planning dinner at home for an intimate gathering, you can serve homemade pasta or noodles or even your own version of cheesy fondue. Make the meal special with unusual serving sets and ingredients that are available at zansaar.com, a one-stop shop for home and kitchen needs. The site, started in November 2011 by two former software professionals - Vinod Chandran and Jawad Ayaz - has its parent company in Singapore and India-base in Bangalore. An easy-to-use interface on the homepage has sections like bed & bath, kitchen, dining, accents (home decor), outdoors (barbeque and garden) and more. A section called world food has oils, vinegar, sauces, cereals, pasta, noodles and more, from international brands like Jack Daniels and Tate & Lyle’s. You can shop either by collection or by category.
The section titled Seasonal Collection divides the products according to season and occasion. The Spring Collection, for instance, comes with pretty themed cushion covers, while the Wedding Shower category comes with quirky gifting ideas such as the Blue Moon Japanese Sake Set (`2,699) or the Orka Fondue Set Red (`1,699). The international collection has foreign brands like Libbey Vina and Bodum and includes everything from muffin tins to pasta machines and butane torches to flambé your creme brûlée. The gifts section lets you browse according to budget and is reasonably priced.
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The website has discount alerts, live chats with customer care executives and helplines. New users get a gift coupon worth `250 and can avail of free shipping on a minimum order of `400. Cash on delivery, a 30-day replacement guarantee and gift-wrapping are some of the other services on offer. From `100 upwards.