The popularity of meal subscriptions like Blue Apron and Hello Fresh is hard to miss. In a fast food world, meal subscriptions like these make meal planning and cooking easy by bringing all the tools straight to your door. While some meal plans offer pre-made meals that only need to be heated, others provide you with fresh ingredients in the right portions so you can actually do the cooking yourself.
Now, there are even desi meal kits and subscriptions which deliver meals or ingredients with recipe cards straight to your door which, let’s face it, is a lot better than having your lovingly annoying Ma hand deliver meals. Finally, I can enjoy Ma’s style of home-made roti and subji…without Ma.
You read right, desi meal subscriptions are a real thing, and they’re actually pretty helpful. Whether you need guidance on how to cook or simply want Indian food delivered to you that tastes better and fresher than the oily ish you get from your neighborhood Curry in a Hurry spot, some of these options are solid.
1Check out these meal plans that allow for the worst cooks to get their desi food fix:
1. Saffron Fix
Saffron Fix has got it all for your desi kid trapped in a dorm needs. Freshly chopped ingredients are delivered to your door along with the perfect portions of spices for each recipe. Cooking is minimal so you feel like you accomplished something without actually accomplishing something. Their meal plan delivers every 2 weeks with 2-3 recipes that serve 2 people each.
The meals can be skipped or canceled at any time and meal options change weekly. The meal plan delivers to 21 states on the east coast at the moment and shipping is free. They also offer gift-sets, a pantry kit with non-perishable spices and herbs, teas, ghee, desserts, snacks and more.
2. Take out Kit
Takeout Kit is a meal plan that offers international meal plan options, including Indian meals. The kits have all the ingredients you need to create each recipe. Cooking times vary from about 30 to 60 minutes. Each kit will ship within 2 to 6 business days. The most impressive feature is that these meal kits last two months so you don’t feel pressed to use it right away. Which is great for people like myself who’s desi girl cravings pop up only once or twice a month.
3. Tyga Indian Meals (in UK)
Tyga Indian Meals is a meal kit plan based in the United Kingdom inspired by one chef’s trip to India. How refreshing is it to see a non-desi so passionate about Indian food!
He developed each kit authentically and they are delivered with properly portioned, sealed spices for the perfect dish. The meals are curated by talented chefs, they offer a new twist to traditional dishes, from Batair masala to mushroom bhaji and cumin potato.
— Tyga (@TygaBites) December 19, 2017
4. The Spicery
The Spicery is a meal kit plan based in the UK, but they deliver internationally. Their plans offer 3, 6, and 12-month subscriptions with spices and recipe cards to guide you. There are 8 different meal plans to choose from, like Sunday Roast, Meat Free Magic and Spicery Highlights for 2. The Spicery offers more than just meal plans, they have easy kits, cookbooks and even workshops to help you become a master chef.
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5. India in a Box
Not the best in the kitchen? No problem, India in a Box offers 5-minute meals!
Each meal box comes with 3 varieties of curries and 3 portions of your choice of rice or naan. They even offer a Punjabi Diaries meal kit that comes with 4-5 food or beverages that come from the region of Punjab. Can you smell the desh ki dharti?
Their meals are all gluten-free and 100% vegetarian.They even offer individual orders of pav bhaji, dal makhni, and even tikka masala gravy. India in a Box is a great way to stay in touch with the motherland.
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6. Flavored Delivery
Flavoured Delivery offers a unique meal kit experience, they present their meals as cooking lessons so their customers learn more through the entire experience. The
You have your choice of 3 meat based, vegetable based, or fish based meals for the month. All the spices are delivered to you along with the recipe, fact cards, a grocery list of ingredients you need and even suggestions of the best accompaniments to your meal.
— Flavour Delivered (@FlavorDelivered) December 18, 2016