The first weekend in 2022 is here, but it looks like it’s going to be far from fun, because the city is going to be under #WeekendCurfew. To address the concern of rising Covid cases in the capital, the introduction of weekend curfews will lead to restrictions such as closing restaurants to restaurants, no house helping to show up and a working Saturday for many Delhiites. As most residents struggle to finish the housework and office work next door, city-based home cooks have stepped in to take care of the Delhiites’ hunger pangs.
“I have just finished cooking two kg of rajma so you can imagine how many bookings I have! If I get to count, I already have 22 orders and there will be more queries as we talk, “says Alka Singhal, a Greater Kailash-based home cook, adding:” I had to hire extra help on weekdays for to help me prepare food for the weekend. Most people are going to be indoors and want to order food. In fact, I have also had a passport made for my driver so that he can handle the deliveries during the curfew, instead of me coordinating with delivery apps. People who have to work from home have to prepare chai, coffee juice … for at least lunch and dinner banana see bachh jayein toh bartan bhi gande nahi honge! And under curfew, it gets very boring to be home, and food is something everyone looks forward to … Shayad isiliye zyada orders aa rahe hain. ”
The feel-good factor of watching food escalate when there is a guarantee that the food will be hygienic, healthy, nutritious and budget-friendly (right from ₹200-400). And with home cooks, that’s a plus. Kalkaji-based home chef Ashita Oberoi, whose meals are also on the verge of being booked out, says: “People can not call their part-time help when the weekend’s curfew is and want the food to at least be served from the outside. So no. they only book for this weekend, but also for the coming weekend, as some of them feel that the increasing cases mean that it can be difficult to get room for home-cooked food if they are not ordered well in advance. healthy soups to be a part of their meal as it is winter, and staying warm helps keep Covid in check. ”
Some of these home cooks, who otherwise cook all year round, currently prefer to take orders from the Covid-positive patients or families. “That was what I started doing during the first Covid wave, and I do now, too,” says Sanhita D Sensarma, a corporate lawyer and chef at CR Park. She has been inundated with orders, saying: “I serve what I eat and have set a nominal price for the meals I prepare, which have a high protein content. Right now, the meals I make go all to Covid-infected families and other frontline staff.I’m only making 25-30 meals a day and I’m fully booked this weekend.It makes me feel like the Covid crisis is back and I knew the time was right for me to out and help those we support at this time, ”she says.
Singhal also prepares food by “consulting dietitians to come up with special meals that are high on immunity and also taste good”. And Oberoi adds: “For Covid-infected families, we have full breakfast, lunch and dinner plans, and they can book these for as many days as they want. Unfortunately, these bookings have also come in this weekend.”
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