When the pandemic severely hit the country in March, even the financial capital had to keep its businesses shut for months. Coming to the rescue of all foodies in Mumbai was the community of passionate home chefs who supplied delicious khana with the assurance that their food was prepared in hygienic kitchens and delivered following safety guidelines. We talked to four such home chefs from Mumbai.
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Sangeeta Shashital, Red OrangeShe started as a designer making beautiful, patterned dress materials and dupattas. Red Orange represented Sangeeta Shashital’s motto, “Adding color to people’s lives”. Taking the same motto ahead later, she began to pursue her baking journey in 2002 after the convection oven made its first appearance at her place. Already winning hearts with her nankhatais that she made for school tiffins, Sangeeta began venturing into a range of other dishes. In the next few years, regular orders started coming in as more people started recognising her home brand through word of mouth. As kids grew up, they introduced her to the possibilities of social media and promotions. With help from daughter Tanushree, who by then had perfected the art of icing from YouTube, Sangeeta was running both her dress material business and baking simultaneously.
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During the lockdown, Red Orange’s monthly schedule was filled with large orders for her bakes, including the popular brownies, walnut and vegan cakes and Nutella-based desserts. From Thane to South Mumbai, everyone wanted a taste of their home-made items.