Dinner (and lunch!) with Tuk In Foods [AD – Review]
Mealtimes are really important to us. It’s a time when we all get together and talk about our day, without distractions, and generally enjoy some good food together.
Being a shift worker, I don’t get many mealtimes with the whole family, therefore when we do get to have dinner together, not only is it a real treat, but we try and make it special. We try and light a few candles, put a relaxing playlist on in the background, and generally make it special.
With this in mind, when it comes to mealtimes where we’re all together, we also try and make sure the meal is a little bit more “exciting”. That being said, meals like this often take time and effort. We don’t always have the energy or the budget for a takeaway, and we’re not eating out at the moment, so we sometimes look for little “hacks”.
This is where Tuk In foods recently came in handy…
Tuk In Foods are an Indian ready meal service that delivers, Michelin Star quality, prepared meals and sides (as well as lunches!) straight to your door. Using next day delivery service, meals can be frozen upon arrival and kept for up to a month in the freezer! The business started five years ago, mainly as a lunch-delivery service, but when the Pandemic hit they changed course and introduced their range of meals – even delivering 1000’s to NHS workers!
This month, we were invited to test out the service (and the food) and compare it to buying a takeaway. Before we even started I was excited, as takeaways aren’t always the healthiest or cheapest option (however they’re delicious, so this was going to be a test!).
When our delivery came, we saw that within the box was a chilled, bubblewrap-style bag. Inside were several ice packs, which surrounded the food. The packaging (including the meal tubs) Tuk In use are 100% recyclable, which makes disposable a lot easier!
What was included in our delivery:
- A selection of ready meals.
As well as the “mains”, included in our delivery were also a selection of goodies from their lunch menu too! This included:
- Their signature ‘Curry in a Naan’.
- A couple of lunch pots (these can be eaten both hot and cold, however they cannot be frozen).
- A couple of packets of their popped lotus seeds.
- A few cans of drink.
Within each type of meal were meat and vegetarian options, as well as instructions as to how to heat using an oven or microwave. As a family who don’t own a microwave, this was a welcome sight as too often a lot of ready meals are microwave only.
Each meal item was generously packaged, and once we saved what we were going to have that evening, the rest went in the freezer or the fridge.
That night, I went with the Vegetable Curry, Sharon had the Lamb Rogan Josh, and T chose the Chicken Korma. Looking at the generous amounts Tuk In offer with their meals, we decided to have the curry with the Naan and ditch the usual portion of rice that we usually have with a curry.
Cooking the curry was simple (although we’ve now added oven proof dishes to our home-wants list!) and in no time the curries were out of the oven and the house was smelling divine.
In comparison to regular takeaways and ready meals, these were just as tasty (if not more) as a decent Indian takeaway. The meals felt fresh and clean, and there wasn’t that sheet of oil that you often get in takeaways. Knowing this was a ready meal, it certainly blows other options out of the water.
There was so much flavour, and they felt really healthy. We certainly left the table full and incredibly satisfied. Thinking ahead, these meals will be perfect for when I don’t fancy cooking a meal for work (but can’t afford a ready meal that week) or when Sharon’s running late in the morning and doesn’t have time to make lunch. As long as you defrost in enough time, these meals are ready to go at your convenience.
How to Order (plus, cheeky discount at the end!)
Ordering from Tuk In is really easy. They deliver nationwide (excluding off-shore and Northern Ireland) and parcels arrive the next working day, as long as you order before 2pm.
There are lots of option available when ordering your food. You can either order singular curries and/or lunches, or invest in their ‘Curry Club’ which starts at £30 for the month. As always with a review, the only criticism I have is that there are more meat options available than veggie. Nevertheless, the vegetarian options that are available are absolutely delicious and worth having more than once!
Orders over £25 get free delivery, and there’s an ever-changing ‘Specials’ menu, featuring meals by their Head Chef; Sajeev Nair. It was tempting to have curry every night that week, but based on the quality, we’ve reserved them for special occasions.
If you fancy giving Tuk In a whirl, for a limited time only, use the code LESBEMUMS10 at checkout and get a cheeky 10% discount.
If you’ve already tried Tuk In, what did you think? Let us know!
We were sent the mentioned and pictured items in exchange for an honest review, however all thoughts, opinions, and imagery are our own.