The pandemic may have thwarted many business owners, but for home bakers and cloud kitchen entrepreneurs, the otherwise-tumultuous 2020-21 brought silver linings aplenty.
Guwahati, too, has been seeing a rise in hospitality businesses, mostly run by passionate home cooks in small kitchen set-ups.
There is always a sense of nostalgia when an outlet serving homely meals opens up in the city. And given the times we are in, there’s nothing more comfortable or welcoming than places that take us back to our mothers’ kitchens. So, when Homely Stove opened its doors in Guwahati, we were absolutely thrilled!
True to its name, the cloud kitchen – brainchild of two friends from Dibrugarh, musician Gourav Saikia and Jyoti Prakash Rajkonwar, Homely Stove, based in Six Mile, is all about hearty flavours.
“As foodies, we’re always on the lookout for trying new dishes. Being freelancer has its own pros and cons but eventually when the pandemic hit us really bad, we decided to start our own venture. Through Homely Stove, we wanted to give our customers the taste of home-cooked meals,” says Gaurav.
The handpicked menu has been carefully curated and is an eclectic mix of ethnic Assamese with plenty of Chinese and North Indian delights. With a strong belief in the farm-to-table ideology, Homely Stove strives to make the freshest seasonal and sustainable produce, while following a zero-waste strategy in the kitchen. Care has been taken to keep the portion size large and prices pocket-friendly.
In Assamese dishes, there’s Pork Boil, Pork Kosu, Chicken with Pitha Guri, Chicken with Posola, Pork Chilli Dry, and Assamese-style Pulao among others. They have recently introduced an array of thalis – Veg Thali, Pork Thali, Fish Thali, and Egg Thali. The thalis are a favourite of many because of the taste, affordable pricing, and quantity.
Their snacks menu is equally good and has crowd-pleasers such as Pork Samosa with Crunchy Fries, Pork Cutlet, Chilli Fish, Paneer Roll, Chicken Crunchy Bites, and Momos in chicken and pork.
“Both of us are very much influenced by Assamese traditional food. At the same time considering the taste-buds of the young crowd, we have included other varieties. Currently we’re experimenting with our food and working on to bring interesting items to the table,” notes Jyoti Prakash.
The men in charge of the kitchen are the founders themselves. “Since the orders are increasing, we’ve hired two trained cooks. However, both are supervised by us,” he adds.
Homely Stove is now becoming a hot favourite kitchen in Guwahati. The duo plans to set-up a physical outlet in the near future, if things go as planned.
For order-in and take-away:
Address: Homely stove, House number 154, Near Sukapha Bhawan, Jayanagar Main Road, Sixmile , Guwahati.
They’re also on Zomato and Swiggy.
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