- Category: Recipe; Available on: Android, iOS, Windows; Cost: Free
With over 350,000 recipes and counting, this is one of the most popular recipe apps that home cooks can use. It was adjudged as one of the `Best Apps for Foodies', `Best Apps for New Moms', and `Best Apps for Eating In' by PC Magazine, TIME Magazine; The Huffington Post ranked this app as `Readers' Choice', `Best Recipe App' from 2011-2013.Big Oven helps cooks to find inspiration, and has recipes with ingredients that are n season. It also has recipes depending on lifestyle and diet choices. Other features include helping one get organised in the kitchen, making grocery lists, planning menus and using up leftovers.What more do you need?
- Category: Lunchbox recipes, Indian; Available on: Android; Cost: Paid for, in-app purchases
This one is for all those with school-going kids. Packing a lunch box is nothing short of an uphill task, as children tend to be fussy about food. The Lunch Box app provides some tasty, filling and healthy ideas. One of the highest-rated apps (4.6), all the recipes in here have a preparation time of just 15-30 minutes. It also has various cuisines to choose from - Italian, North Indian, South Indian, Fusion etc., and gives you an option to `favourite' the recipes you try frequently.
- Category: Organic food; Available on: iOS; Cost: Free
The Simply Organic app helps you learn how to cook over 1,000 natural, organic recipes. Making use of the high-resolution screen and gorgeous photography, this app is kept up-to-date with weekly specials, informative articles related to organic food, and has a fresh new take on traditional recipes too! What's more, the content is all user-generated, which means one gets to upload their o w n recipes on the app, with an option for tips and tricks. There is a weekly meal planner, which will save a lot of time. It also shows the nutritional value of each recipe.
- Category: Kitchen hacks; Available on: iOS, Android; Cost: Free
Ranging from jewellery-making and tech to DIY clothing and of course, cooking, the Snap Guide operates on guides (both video and photos), useful tips and tricks and hacks that one can use to make cooking -and the cleaning up afterwards -easier and more organised. The guide has picture representations that will demonstrate how the hack works perfectly. They might not be sophisticated, but their utilitarian qualities are almost unmatched. Users also have the option of creating their own guides to useful hacks, across any category.
The Photo Cookbook- Baking
- Category: Dessert-Baking app; Available on: iOS; Cost: Paid
This is a one-stop shop for all things you want to bake.The Photo Cookbook Baking app is divided into four chapters - Cakes & Traybakes, Pastries, Small Cakes and Cookies and Breads -making it easier for the user to plan. Additionally, each category has over a 100 recipes, which are displayed step-by-step, aided by high resolution photographs. The search function, option to add your own notes to various recipes to customise them and the ability to email to the user the list of ingredients needed, make this app popular even among amateurs.
Celebrity chefs and their apps
Celebrity chefs are not far behind when it comes to making their recipes accessible to a wide audience. The most popular among the top chefs are Jamie Oliver's (top) 20-Minute Meals - simply because the recipes are easy to follow and take very little time. Nigella Lawson may have only 10 videos and 100 recipes on her app Nigellissima, but the app is still popular among budding chefs and amateurs. Plus, the app has a voice control feature, which means you won't have to use your sticky fingers to scroll through the recipe while cooking! The bad boy of the culinary world, Gordon Ramsay, too has a popular app called Cook with Me. It has 56 recipes, each demonstrated with HD videos.