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By TPCI | November 13, 2019

The winds of technological change are effectively working to metamorphose the future of Indian food industry! Robot chefs could be the next big thing to gatecrash the Indian HoReCa space. Be it Upma, Bisi Bele Bath, Tomato Rasam, Chole Masala, Matar Paneer or Dal Tadka – robot chefs can curate your favourite meals within a short span of time and are priced at a fairly competitive rates! And what is interesting to note is that these machines can even perform complex cooking techniques like boiling and stir-frying.

Developed passionately by Cohan Sujay Carlos and Arpit Sharma, Bengaluru’s ‘Mechanical Chef’ is a table top machine that can cook a variety of dishes once basic ingredients are fed into it, using a giant funnel. (Carlos is a former machine learning researcher at Microsoft, while Arpit Sharma is an aerospace engineer who has worked on the moon rover at Team Indus). All that you need to do is to drop the ingredients, from oil and vegetables, to spices and water, in pre-determined quantities and a spatula will mix them gently. The commands will be given automatically from a laptop. However, these machines, at their present stage of development, cannot be used for deep-frying, grinding and pressure-cooking; though researchers are working on it.

This machine will be able to create up to 100 recipes. It is also being developed to incorporate voice commands and the ability to store spices. This will be a welcome respite from cooking for a range of target audiences – working couples, hostellers, bachelors, those away from home, etc. Another welcoming feature of this device, which features a microwave-like setup is the fact that it allows users to cook for and with relatives and friends from anywhere! It is also compatible with their mobile phones. Thus, they will be able to get cooked food even before they reach home, thereby saving a lot of their time.

The concept of a robotic kitchen, however, is not a new one! Spyce, a restaurant in Boston, prides itself for dishing out food cooked by a robotic kitchen developed by four MIT engineers. Similarly, Moley Robotics, a British company has built a fully automated robot for cooking. Sometime ago, two Bengaluru engineers - Raghav Gupta and Rohin Malhotra - have also introduced Julia, a mechanised cooking pot that can dish out Indian food in twenty minutes.

So, say goodbye to the sweat and toil of spending hours in your kitchen and get ready for some live robotic action in your kitchen!