MasterChow, a ready-to-cook Asian cuisine brand, today announced that it has raised $1.2 million in funding led by Anicut Capital, an Indian investment firm managing alternative assets. The round also saw participation from WEH ventures, Fluid ventures among other prominent D2C founders and angel investors.
MasterChow plans to deploy the funds to launch innovative new product categories while delivering a quality experience to its customers. They also aim to introduce a wider variety of flavors and plans to foray into the ready-to-eat segment to attract the India’s young consumers. The brand wants to fortify their distribution network while maintaining a strong focus on their own D2C channel across India. They’re also looking to hire for mid-senior level positions to further optimize their e-comm channels and go deeper with engaging their core customer via a robust content strategy.
On the funding, Sidhanth Madan, Co-Founder, MasterChow said, “We started MasterChow in 2020 with a mission to bring quality ready-to-cook Asian cuisine to every Indian household. Asian cuisine is the second most loved cuisine in India but the lack of innovation and clean label products in the space was shocking. We come into existence to bridge this gap for the country with an emphasis on superior ingredients and convenience in preparing a great meal at home.”
He further went on saying, “We are highly enthusiastic about closing the funding at this juncture of our growth phase and thrilled to utilize the funds towards the expansion of our existing operations and launch of new and exciting categories. We are delighted to have Anicut Capital LLP with us. They have established themselves as a founders’ first fund. Their conviction not just within the category but in MasterChow and the speed at which the round was structured and closed is highly impressive. Anicut Capital LLP has the right DNA, tremendous insight, and proven history to help grow challenger FMCG brands like us.”
Since inception in 2020, MasterChow has served over half a million families all across India. The brand has set up a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Delhi for complete quality control which can service 15,000 orders a day/ to meet the growing demand online. With a strong production and logistics network, the brand plans to grow 10x in the coming year.
Currently, they service 20k+ pincodes pan India and witness strong demand from Tier 1 & 2 cities. They’re available on marketplaces such as Amazon, BigBasket, BlinkIt, Instamart etc. and plan to expand further into the quick commerce segment. Last year, the brand raised seed funding of Rs 3.5 cr led by WEH Ventures.
Commenting on this development, Ashvin Chadha, Founding Partner, Anicut Capital said, “The immense potential of the RTC segment coupled with the vision of MasterChow will surely disrupt the industry in the coming years. The sheer ability of MasterChow to bring restaurant quality Asian cuisine to the doorsteps of Indian households will empower them to lead the market for this segment in the next 3-5 years.”
MasterChow is among India’s fastest growing D2C brands offering a range of ready-to-cook Asian pantry staples. The brand solves for preparing quick, convenient meals which are both high on the flavor and health quotient. The product offering is targeted towards family households and millennials who want to experiment beyond their usual ‘ghar ka khaana’ and are quality conscious about the products they consume.
In addition to their authentic Asian flavors, MasterChow serves the right fusion of convenience, affordability and sustainability when it comes to cooking meals under ten minutes.
Founded in 2020 by F&B entrepreneurs Sidhanth Madan, Vidur Kataria and Radhika Mittal, MasterChow a ready-to-cook Asian cuisine brand, offers a range of premium Asian pantry staples like stir-fry sauces, ready to eat dips and noodles for quick, restaurant style food at home.
The range of sauces, dips are signature recipes developed inhouse at their state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. Made with 100% natural ingredients, their products are crafted fresh in small batches and free of artificial additives. They’re available pan India via their own e-store and also on all major marketplaces like Amazon, Bigbasket, Grofers, Instamart etc.
About Anicut Capital
Anicut Capital is founded by financial services veterans Ashvin Chadha and IAS Balamurugan. Anicut Capital currently manages two debt funds with an AUM of INR 1400cr and equity based Angel Fund.
Anicut Angel fund has deployed INR ~250cr in early and growth stage start-ups with cumulative AUM of INR 1700 cr. A few of Anicut’s portfolio companies include brands like Neemans, Bira, Sugar cosmetics, Earth rhythm, wingreens, Blue Tokai, Sharechat, Mcaffeine, Milkymist, XYXX, Curatio Healthcare, Agnikul and Grip Finance etc.