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    Purple Basil serves meal boxes for health nuts

    Low-carb, high-protien, low-fat, high- fibre — it’s all jargon when you need to grab a quick bite on a busy day. But food delivery start-ups have upped their game at trying to solve this problem. One such platform is Purple Basil. Meal boxes with nutritional information that do not compromise on taste.

    “The key to making things tasty, we discovered, was in the sauces and the texture,” explains Dhananjai Raja Kuttikad, the founder, adding, “Once you crack how to do that in a healthy way, it’s all a breeze.” With a kitchen in Indira Nagar, Purple Basil delivers to key areas around the city. We sampled the service on a hectic Tuesday afternoon.

    The website is not as smooth to operate, but we quickly found the Tuesday specials and took our picks. One of the things that really impressed us was that all the packaging is eco-friendly.

    The juices are served in earthenware tumblers and the plates and cutlery are wooden. “We noticed that many other delivery services were not respecting the plastic ban, but we take it very seriously,” Dhananjai says.

    We ordered the Piri piri burrito meal, available in vegetarian and non-vegetarian choices. This is a high-protein and low-fat option and includes a Piri piri spiced burrito with chicken or tofu, and comes with a side of tossed green beans, cherry tomatoes, lemon, coriander and vinaigrette dressing, and a grape cooler. The burrito was filling and, true to its name, spicy.

    Our second box was a Mean green salad box, which includes a salad of ‘greens’, ‘reds’ and ‘oranges’ served with an orange basil vinaigrette dressing and grilled tofu, a side of Rosemary roasted baby potatoes, peas and onion, and a pineapple cooler.

    This innovative mix is one for the salad geeks. The meal is high on fibre and iron. We also tried the Ragi dosa with peanut chutney, a good gluten-free choice. Some of the other options on their daily menus are the popular Pulled chicken/Pulled jackfruit burgers. “We use only hung curd instead of mayo or cheese, which makes our burgers incredibly healthy,” Rashmi Ghale, co-founder, chimes in. Similarly, their Vermicelli biryani is a low-carb alternative to the hefty real deal. The Green goddess barley risotto claims to be zero fat and rich in vitamins.

    “We buy all our produce fresh from the local market, and try to make as much as we can in-house. Even our Sriracha sauce, for instance, is homemade,” reveals Dhananjai. Purple Basil also has monthly and 90-day pre-paid plans. On the whole, we think they delivered on their tagline — happy healthy hogging!

    Rs 240 per box.
    Details: purplebasil.in

    — Anagha M

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