They say, eating is a necessity, but cooking is an art. And when it comes to art, it has to be perfected! Besides, it is much more delightful to eat in than to eat out (well, on most occasions). To be honest, preparing a bowl of rich and tasty pasta is much more satisfying than grabbing a bowl of ready-to-make ramen.
Most of us know our way around some of those regular recipes (read Maggi), but then there are certain days when we don’t feel like eating the regular food. That’s when we turn to the recipe catalogs. And to save up on time and energy, better to turn to your ever-helpful smartphone to teach you cooking.
But the same old dilemma — so many apps to choose from. Worry not, we have you covered.
This list of best cooking apps for Android can pave the way for you in choosing the perfect cooking app.
1. Yummly Recipes & Shopping List
Yummly is a very popular food app that sources the recipes from various food blogs. It claims of matching over 1 million recipes, and true to its word; the recipe library is just so amazing.
It has an extensive range of recipes that you can search as per your taste and requirement. Plus, it has the additional option of saving the recipes or adding the food items to the shopping list. The Yummly search is pretty impressive as it lets you search recipes, food type, cuisine, etc.
The filter (upper right corner) helps you in choosing dietary preferences, nutrition value, prep time, etc.
Besides, the recipes can always be saved for later references. And if you have a jumbled-up recipe library, you can always classify it according to the food type.
So, if some day you are short on time and would like to throw in a delicious rice bowl with minimum calories, you know which app to look for.
2. Kitchen Stories
The tagline of Kitchen Stories is anyone can cook, and it delivers as per the tagline. Kitchen Stories has a fascinating range of recipes with step-by-step instructions.
There is an amazing number of how-to videos for the curious cooks out there, and it’s completely free.
The app interface is neat, and one gets the hang of it quickly. Recipes you like can be saved to a cookbook. They come with photo instructions and also information about the nutrition value, side dishes and the type of utensils you will need.
It comes with a built-in timer and a cooking mode – the screen doesn’t turn off for the time you are cooking. Essentials is another interesting feature of this app – these are small blogs on the bare essentials of a kitchen, like kitchen tools or food processors.
3. BigOven: 350,000+ Recipes
As indicative of its name, BigOven boasts of having over 350,000 wonderful recipes. Whether you are searching for a low-calorie breakfast item or a rich chocolate cake for dessert, BigOven has pretty much all the recipes to suit your taste buds.
It is almost a complete tool in itself when it comes to cooking – doing the actual bit or shopping for it. As some of the recipes are sourced from food blogs, you will not find consistency in the instructions. But apart from that, the interface is great.
The other features include a grocery list – where you can list the food items either by the recipe or the type – that you need to buy. Menu planner is another interesting feature, where you can set a menu of your choice for the coming week or month – an interesting feature as it lets you plan in advance, saving you from last minute shopping.
Tastemade is everything you would want in a food app – great recipes, travel shows, featured chefs, etc. The videos are short & crisp which will certainly make for a rich cooking experience.
Hosted by talented chefs, the recipes are easy and quick and one can also get the recipe instructions in the bottom right corner. The tabs are segregated into shows, recipes, food type or the chefs (Tastemakers), etc.
The today tab shows all the new recipes that the team has uploaded recently.
Most of the content is free. However, it will ask for a pro-upgrade for few of the plus recipes.
5. SideChef: Step-by-step cooking
Though the interface can be made a tad better, the featured recipes are easy to understand. It has a search feature where you can either search by ingredients, region, dish type or by a particular user.
The other features include a shopping list or menu planner, and the interesting part is, you can also upload your own recipe!
Boy! I am already drooling, looking through these lip-smacking recipes. So whether you want to try your hand at tossing a healthy salad or throwing together a burger, dripping with cheese, you know where to turn to.