'Everyone's a Chef'

MBA graduate Altaf Saiyed is looking at different ways to aid cooking for those who cannot differentiate caster sugar from salt

Published: 06th October 2015 06:23 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th October 2015 06:23 AM   |  A+A-


HYDERABAD: Ordering food online every day might seem unhealthy but you don’t know how to cook. Does this force you to either eat the not-so-tasty- food you manage to make or forces you to depend on a friend who can make yummy dishes and won’t mind feeding you?

Built2cook.com comes to your rescue. With their help, you can cook a perfect dish yourself in just 20 minutes.

What do they do? They make your life easy by not only providing you with ingredients you need for a dish, but they also cut the vegetables and semi-cook them if required. Ingredients like oil and flour are also provided. All you have to do is put all the ingredients together and give taste to it. “We also make the process easy by providing them with simple instructions along with pictures,” says Altaf Saiyed who himself was left craving for good food when he would travel to other cities for work. “That is how the idea to start something like this came to my mind,” he explains.

chef1.JPG“Everyone’s a chef,” says Altaf. “They just need the urge to cook and proper instructions,” he adds. For those who wish to not spend more than 10 minutes in kitchen, the website will soon start preparing and packaging ingredients in such a way that it can be made in 10 minutes. “Our aim is to make cooking as convenient as possible,” he expresses.

“Though I thought that I will get maximum number of responses from the IT sector, after four months of functioning, I have realised that the idea is loved by employees from all the sectors and also by old and young equally,” he beams.

The website, which currently offers 12 dishes – a mix of Indian and international cuisines – will soon dish out 12 Indian and 12 international to its customers. “We change our menu every 14 days, but once we segregate Indian cuisine from international, we will change international cuisine once in 12 days and Indian in 25 days,” he informs.

The 30-year-old, however, shares that getting Indian recipes on board would be difficult as every dish is prepared in different way in different regions. “Therefore, we have decided to stick to cuisines that would have one authentic recipe, which we will use. For example malabar curry, goan fish curry or bisi bele bath,” he says.

So what is it that he has in mind when he packages food for delivery? “I make sure that the ingredients that I pack are not more than two days old,” he shares.

After Hyderabad he has recently launched his start-up in Mumbai and hopes to reach even the remote areas of the country soon.

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