The last 100 days has seen most of us cook more than we have ever cooked! But some others took their passion for cooking to the next level and used the Lockdown to kickstart their home baking/cooking business. Here are five home chefs (listed in random order) from Lucknow who caught our eye with their cooking/baking skills during the Lockdown.
For those looking to take a break from mainstream bakeries and restaurants, MUST explore these options:
A recent home-baker, Pooja Sanwal indulges her customers in scratch recipes promising a fresh batch of goodies every time. Chocolate and Nutella filled doughnuts, Walnut Pound Tea Cakes and whole wheat Banana Nuts tea cake are her bestsellers, available on prior order. We particularly liked the sound of Italian Doughnuts with a whole range of options for filling – Nutella, cream, chocolate, cream cheese, cinnamon flavour and so on! Pooja also makes customized cupcakes, with special messages.
Price range: The starting range at Sweet Temptations is ₹400
For orders, call: 77068 83506
Fusion cake jars, mini cakes, ice Creams and kulfis, cheesecakes and of course, your classic cakes – they are all on The Flying Apron’s menu. Shruti Chawla is a young baker who started with cakes for friends and family and soon found a professionally viable passion in The Flying Apron. She also promises to indulge you in healthy tea time cakes if you’re watching your weight these days. Jalebi Rabri Cake, Gulab Jamun Vanilla, Pistachio Saffron, Hazelnut Mocha are some of her bestsellers.
Price range: The cake jars are conveniently priced at ₹200 to ₹250, cakes start at ₹500 and Ice-creams and Kulfis are at ₹200 for a 250ml tub.
For orders, call: 87872 74889
Address for pick-ups: B-1/16 Sector D, LDA Colony, Kanpur Road Lucknow
Home delivery: Home delivery available all over Lucknow (no delivery charges for up to 3 kms)
This is a first of its kind and probably, Lucknow’s only ‘cookies only’ venture! Jyotika’s Cookie Jough aims to spoil you with the yummiest cookies in town! They have two types of menus – The Simply Chocolate with cookies full of gooey chocolate on the inside, and The Waist Watcher Cookies, that are made of healthy ingredients that don’t compromise on the taste a wee bit.
Bulk Orders for gifting purposes available.
Price range: They are moderately priced with a starting range of ₹130 to ₹150 for a pack of 2 and upto ₹650 for a pack of 12.
For orders, call: 78388 75035 for orders (order a day in advance)
Home Delivery: Available for a minimum order of ₹375.
One of the youngest bakers in Lucknow, Vidhi Bhatnagar is a 19-year-old homebaker who picked up baking as a hobby and eventually decided to grow it bigger. Vidhi specializes in freshly-baked, customized cakes for every occasion and all kinds of themes. Currently, she’s working on expanding her menu to include tea cakes, brownies, tarts, cupcakes and muffins along with some new flavours! With all her cakes being 100% eggless, Made with Luv by Vidhi is a good option to explore for vegetarians.
Price range: Starting price at Rs.400 for half a kg cake, it feels light on the pocket!
For orders, call: 63888 46077
Home delivery: Available
Address for pick-ups: A-116, A block South City, Raibareli Road, Lucknow
Though Palak has been a home chef in Lucknow for quite a while, she has only recently made an entry on social media. With a good word of mouth, she already has many loyal customers that keep coming back to her for homemade food. Palak’s menu includes healthy snacks, breakfast options, main course dishes and desserts too. From gluten-free Dates Energy Balls, Mango-Blueberry-Acai Smoothie Bowls, Watermelon Bites with Yogurt and Mint, Guacamole dip and Mango Chia Pudding, her menu reminds us of the health counter of five-star buffets. Personally, we loved the personalized bowls option! But of course, if you like your food more conventional, Palak can also spin some desi magic in her kitchen! Call her to get the full menu.
Price range: Starting at Rs. ₹300 only
For orders, call: 98380 01956
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