Cook food, Serve love | MealTango way | By Gaurav Dharmwani

On a gloomy Saturday afternoon last week, we were invited by MealTango to enjoy the meal at one of their partners in Delhi. Husband-wife duo Neeta Valecha and Saket Khanna quit their corporate jobs to start Meal Tango.

Shami Kebab

 It provides a platform to food enthusiasts, who love cooking, to open their kitchen for strangers. So we landed at Rohit’s house in Jangpura for lunch. We were graciously welcomed by Rohit and his wife into their beautiful home. After the formal introduction, the conversation started to flow about the common ground – FOOD.

And another flavor got added into the conversation with a drink, it was mutton shami kebab. The kebabs were served with onions and mint chutney. The kebabs were looking crisp and smelling great. We had a bite and it melted in mouth. The dal inside was not completely smashed  but still kebab’s were soft like galauti. Generally the Chana dal is used for shami kebabs, but these kebabs were made using Arhar (Toor) dal. The accompaniments – mint chutney was good with flavor of mint standing out.

Lehsun ka thecha

The kebabs were among the best we had tried elsewhere. Once the starters were over, the discussion moved on to the dining table and we were served the main course – Dal Gosht, Rice & Lehsun ka Thecha. From the look of it, it was looking extremely beautiful. The first bite of dal gosht and we could make out the flavor of dal standing out in the jugglery of meat and spices. Meat was cooked very well and was soft. The rice was made in differently – it was cooked and then steamed.

The amazing Lehsun ka Thecha was spicy, adding distinct flavor to the whole meal. Thecha is a Maharashtrian style of chutney which is spicy and feels more like achaar (pickle). The dessert was Double ka Meetha. It was not very sweet, like the regular Hyderabadi style, full of dry fruits and melted in our mouth. So the entire experience of having food in a stranger’s house with intelligent conversation turned out to be excellent.

Shahi Tukra

We left Rohit’s house with the taste of amazing home cooked food, satisfied soul, filled stomach and knowing another food lover.

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View set menus, images, read reviews and get to know the hosts.
Book through the site and get confirmation within 24 hours.

Who Like to Dine:

– Food lovers who want the real deal (home food is not bulk prepared or tweaked to taste unless requested; ingredients are hand picked).
– Travelers wanting to try the real local fare and get the insider tips from locals
– Expats who would like to connect with the locals in a safe setting
– Vegans and those on strict dietary regimen can find others who follow their diets (e.g. mealtango.in/vegan)

Written By Gaurav Dharmwani

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I am an adventurer, dreamer, marketer, musically inclined, traveler and foodie to the core. I believe food is one of the greatest gift from GOD. I have always believed in that theory and have been trying to improve my dining experience. I am learning to appreciate various tastes, and expanding my horizon. For me, a great dining experience will be something where the serving challenges the conventional taste and stamps its authority. Be it a lavish spread of a five star hotel or a plate from a road-side shanty, my taste buds should be able to experience every single ingredient in the serving and the heart should always allure for it.

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