I love to cook but sometimes, I must admit, I’m simply too tired to be creative when it comes to making dinner. That’s why I was interested when I heard about a new Mountain View start-up called Recipe Sack.
I met with the founder, Savitha Rao last week. She told me about her company and her brilliant idea to put together all of the dry ingredients and some really detailed directions so people can make Indian food at home. She didn’t use the word “brilliant.” That’s my opinion of her product!
The first thing that I really love about Recipe Sack is that I don’t like having to buy an entire bottle of an expensive spice just to make one dish. I may never use that spice again and it might be hard for me to find it, especially if it isn’t at my regular grocery store. A Recipe Sack meal kit solves the problem because it includes all the spices you need. You still get all the credit for making something spectacular, but you don’t have to run around and hunt down all of the ingredients. I love it!
The Recipe Sack that I made at home was a rice dish called Vegetable Pulav. I used all of the dry ingredients in the bag (basmati rice, some spices that I would have never found on my own, and some cashews) and I purchased a few fresh ingredients (a handful or green beans, fresh ginger, a carrot and a tomato and a few other items) at Safeway. The directions are much more detailed than what you would normally see in a cookbook. Savitha tells you every step, even how big to chop the vegetables. You don’t have to have any cooking experience to make a meal. It’s an entire meal in one pot. I really liked it!
I always have to ask for the “mild” version of dishes when I’m anyplace that makes spicy food. My Recipe Sack included an extra envelope of chili powder in case you want the extra heat, so it was perfect (mild) for me since I didn’t use the extra chili powder.
Now that I finished making dinner, and I ate a big bowl of it, and I’m sitting back writing this article, I’m really feeling a sense of accomplishment! I just made an amazing Indian meal, from scratch, at home, all by myself! Well, yes, Recipe Sack held my hand, but still, I did it! I love cool new start-ups.
Savitha and her family live in Mountain View and her children go to school here. You can order her products directly from her website, or you may be lucky enough to find her booth at a local festival or a holiday boutique. I love Mountain View.