A robotics and automatic kitchen enterprise in Bengaluru has been mastering lip-smacking recipes and standardising high quality.
Mukunda Meals, a kitchen automation and robotics firm, was began by classmates Eshwar Ok Vikas and Sudeep Sabat in 2009.
Whereas finding out engineering in Chennai, Eshwar would go to all the favored and offbeat meals spots within the metropolis. His roommate Sudeep, who hails from Odisha, additionally loved the South Indian meals, particularly dosa.
Based mostly on their shared curiosity of relishing good meals, they dreamt of proudly owning a restaurant chain which serves South Indian meals throughout the globe. However the Fast Service Restaurant (QSR), which was began in 2013, confronted hurdles like inconsistency in its shops, which in flip affected its buyer base.
That was the time when the duo realised the significance of kitchen automation. Thus, Mukunda Meals modified its mannequin from a QSR to a meals automation firm in 2014.
From dosa to momos
It took 4 years for the corporate to provide you with their first product – Dosamatic, which makes crispy golden brown dosas from scratch with out exterior interference. All you must do is swap on a button.
The machine could make as much as 50 dosas per hour. It makes a number of dosas on the similar time and cleans itself. The corporate has bought over 1,000 machines to date, to a large buyer base in over 22 international locations together with the US and UK, the Rashtrapati Bhavan and INS Jyoti naval ship.
“To fabricate the machine, we first sought assist from a bunch of cooks who defined the substances, consistency, temperature and all associated issues. We included every of their ideas to make a customisable machine which may make not simply dosa however any batter-based meals gadgets,” says Eshwar, the CEO and co-founder of the corporate.
Because the dosamatic machine reached a large variety of clients, majorly B2Bs, the staff began receiving requests for manufacturing different machines to make samosas, momos, gravies, french fries, burgers and extra.
Mukunda Meals has manufactured three extra machines: Wokie, the automated wok used for Chinese language meals, Indian and Thai gravies; Rico, the automated rice, noodle and pasta-maker; and Eco-fryer, used for frying french fries, momos, samosas, and burger patties in much less oil.
One other addition to the checklist is the E-pan that helps regenerate frozen, pan-baked, contemporary meals gadgets like flatbreads, kebabs and patties of their unique style.
“Now we have a listing of over 3,000 clients right this moment together with giants like ITC, Ola Meals, Wow! Momo, Good Flipping Burger, Biggies Burger, Carnival, Samosa Celebration, Chaayos, Insurgent Meals and extra. A couple of months again, meals supply firm Zomato acquired a 16.66 per cent stake in our firm,” says Sudeep, the COO and co-founder of Mukunda Meals.
The corporate has additionally onboarded Ramchander Raman as co-founder and Rakesh Patil, as CTO, together with 150 full-time staff.
“We’re making machines good by using Synthetic Intelligence (AI) and Machine Intelligence (MI) know-how, which assist our clients to avoid wasting time, cash, and vitality. For instance, within the case of Wokie, the machine captures a picture of every ingredient, weighs them with the pre-loaded recipe and alerts the operator in case of adjustments. It may additionally learn the directions supplied by the client like much less or extra spicy, and robotically customises the given recipe,” explains Eshwar.
For the convenience of utilization of the shoppers, a number of Android functions are supplied to create new recipes, remotely monitor machines and request companies.
The worth of those machines ranges from Rs 40,000 to Rs 2,00,00. The corporate ships near 350 machines each quarter.
“Our greatest-seller is Wokie, as it’s able to making a number of cuisines. Thus far, we have now automated greater than 14 processes, that are cuisine-specific and problem-solving in nature. The largest benefit that almost all of our shoppers together with cloud kitchens, fine-dining eating places, QSRs and motels inform us is that the machine does the job 3 – 4 instances sooner than handbook labour,” claims Eshwar.
He provides, “Now we have a much bigger purpose of automating all kitchens of the nation now. Provided that there are greater than 35 lakh meals shops right here, we have now barely touched the tip. Within the upcoming years, we hope to develop new machines to cook dinner a number of different forms of meals. Moreover, moving into the worldwide market and spreading the glory of Indian meals is our largest dream.”
Edited by Yoshita Rao; Picture credit: Iti Dubey