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    Ditch the ramen for Tiffin To Go’s instant meal in a cup

    WHEN away on work or travel, we often find ourselves craving home cooked meals. Entrepreneur and travel enthusiast Shuchi Jain is no different. Co-founder of the Capricorn group, one of the country’s largest manufacturers of purees and concentrates, her need for a healthy meal on the go inspired her to start a line of frozen ready-to-eat vegetarian meals. Called Tiffin To Go, they launched last December with three trial flavours, and have now added another 12 variants in the last 45 days. As I sit down to try their instant rajma chawal, all it takes is a cup of hot boiling water and eight minutes, to chase away my doubts. My next pick.the dal chawal reminds me of my mother’s lunch staple. Jain says their formula is simple. Traditional recipes are standardised by a team of chefs. The prepared food is then frozen, dehydrated (extracting close to 90 per cent of its moisture), popped into oxygen-proof packages, and sealed with nitrogen, giving it a shelf life of close to a year. “Compared to traditional preserving methods, freeze drying retains the original characteristics of the food,” says Jain. The 15 flavours range from Rava Upma  to exotic dishes like Moroccan Couscous, as well as millet and options for the diabetic and calorie conscious. Tiffin To Go, available now in cities like Bengaluru and  Mumbai, is also a popular food option on airlines like GoAir and AirAsia. Five new varieties are expected to join the list by the end of the year.
    Rs 120. Details: tiffintogo.in

    — Lavanya Lakhminarayanan

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