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Chefs on the OotaBox network, featured in the Times of India as part of the Women’s day article on Women Empowerment and Entrepreneurship.Everyone prefers to have a plate of good home-cooked meal when they return to their house after a long day at work. At most times, cuisines served at food courts and office canteens are either tasteless or overpriced, owing to which a lot of professionals in Bengaluru seem to keep searching for homemade delicacies. Built along the lines of the popular dabbawala culture in Mumbai, tiffin services are mushrooming across the city. But what’s encouraging about this growing trend is that it has facilitated the creation of a huge network of homemakers to pursue their passion for cooking, support their families financially and, more importantly, build their own identity. This International Women’s Day, we asked a few of these home chefs how it feels to be the women dabbawalas of Bengaluru. And here’s what they have to say.
I work through an online platform called OotaBox. It’s like bringing out the hidden chef in me. I also work at an office, hence cater to orders only at certain time periods during the day. Again, if I have cooked something special, I alert customers through the portal and they can place the order accordingly. That way, things remain less stressful and I can enjoy my cooking time.
From different types of pulao, paratha and sabzi to BisiBele Bath and more, my dabbas consist of a variety of food items.I used to deliver food through OotaBox only, but now people in my neighborhood have also started ordering the meals. This tiffin service has given me a new identity, and my family members have also been cooperative. It keeps me busy through the day.
Image credits: Times of India