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.We carry our phone with us everywhere we go — whether it be our living room or work space — so why shouldn’t we venture into the kitchen with it?

With the right app, you can expand your knowledge of cooking and even store your recipes for quick access. Grow your expertise or save your creations with the best cooking apps and recipe apps for Android.

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Here are the 6 must-have cooking apps you shouldn’t live without,

1. Allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner

The app contains over 40,000 user-submitted recipes from Allrecipes.com, including more than 500 Indian dishes. Each recipe features photos and reviews from the website’s community of millions of home cooks.

You will also find time-saving recipe tips from Allrecipes.com members and their ideas for recipe variations as well.
There are several categories to choose from, including appetizers, drinks, main dishes, side dishes, and desserts. You can also choose by ingredient, search for what you have on hand or what you are looking to buy.

If you are short of time you can also search recipes according to the time it takes to make them. You will get options for recipes that cook in under 20 minutes to all-day slow cooking dishes.
If you are not sure what you’re looking for, just shake the phone or hit “spin” to get a random selection of dishes and ingredients.
What’s more, you can share your favourite recipes with friends through Facebook, Twitter, or email.
If you are a good cook many people will be happy if you share your own recipes through this app.
The application is free.

2. BigOven

BigOven is a cooking app that boasts an astounding 350000 recipes. They range from seasonal dishes to classics, and span virtually every meal type. Thus, it makes it one of the more versatile cooking apps out there. BigOven also allows you to save your own recipes for future use and comes with a built-in grocery list for trips to the store. The free version is fairly robust and you can get the full version by subscribing to their service for $1.99 per month. The paid version removes ads, gives you unlimited recipe uploads, and other additional features.

3. Food Network in the Kitchen

Food Network in the Kitchen has been around for ages and is one of the few cooking apps that can name drop celebrities. The app boasts thousands of recipes and most of them are from their lineup of celebrity chefs. It gives you the option to add recipes to your favorites, write up and store your own recipes, and there is a grocery list built-in if you need it. The claim to fame for this one is that it features a ton of recipe videos that are of higher quality than most. There is also a unit converter, multiple cooking timers, and a section to take notes. It’s surprisingly powerful for an app based off of a television network. It’s completely free to use with the only caveat is that the videos can only be played in the United States.

4. SideChef

With SideChef, you can get access to more than 2,500 food recipes and follow top food bloggers and chefs. The app’s main goal, however, is to make cooking easier for new cooks, regardless of how much experience they may have. Each recipe comes with step-by-step instructions and an accompanying set of photos, videos, voice commands, and timers. You can also adjust the serving size of a recipe on the fly, which automatically converts the ingredients. See a recipe you want to try out, but don’t have the ingredients for it? Make a list within the app and email it to yourself for later. Feeling proud of your creation? Take a photo and share it with the rest of the SideChef community.

5. My CookBook

My CookBook is a recipe management app that allows you to save and store your recipes for future use. It contains a search engine where you can find new recipes which can easily be saved on your list or you can import your own from your cookbooks at home. It also includes a shopping list, Dropbox support, recipe scaling for larger or smaller meals, and there is a speech feature that will read you the ingredients and instructions. There is also Android Wear support if you need that. The free version is fairly functional with the pro version removing various limitations.

6. Sweet ‘n’ spicy

Sweet ‘n’ spicy has one of the largest collections of Indian recipes courtesy byfullmeals.com. It has a total of over 4,000 recipes spread across three major categories: vegetarian, non-vegetarian and non-dairy vegetarian. It also has a calorie calculator.

The best part is that you can comment on recipes, and your comments can be viewed by other users. This can be your own recipe or a tip or comment on the existing ones.

Each recipe has the list of ingredients required to make it, preparation instructions and user comments. You can search for recipes by name, and save your favourite recipes so that you don’t have to search for them again.

There is also a “My Kitchen” feature which helps you find recipes for the ingredients you have – you can put at the most three ingredients in a basket and then click on search to find the recipes that they can be used for. Recently used ingredients are also listed for ease of use.

About Author

Sangeeta Ghosh

Sangeeta is an engineering graduate and is passionate about painting and music. She is always blooming with new ideas and is a real go to person when you are searching for one. Exploring good dining places across the city is her favourite off-field indulgence. At KnowStartup, she is an integral part of the editorial team.

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