Investing Rs 80, Hyderabad Engineer’s Biryani Enterprise Earns Rs 1 Lakh/Month


When Naaz Anjum moved to Hyderabad in 2010 put up marriage, she turned to her past love, cooking. A textile engineer by occupation, she couldn’t pursue her profession as a result of private causes. Having attended courses by superstar chef Sanjeev Kapoor, she earned a number of followers for her cooking in her new dwelling. 

Her neighbours have been enamoured by her meals and couldn’t get sufficient of it. Nonetheless, the bachelors in her constructing have been those who truly impressed and pushed her to begin her personal enterprise. They’d initially drop in on the finish of the day, requesting her for some curry or salan (a spicy gravy) to have with their dinner. Quickly, they requested her to make tiffins for them, which kicked off her journey into the meals enterprise.

Their insistence gave start to ‘Anjum’s kitchen’, which grew to become one of many first women-owned cloud kitchens in Hyderabad, resulting in many extra blossoming in its wake. 

From delivering her first order in 2016, the house kitchen has now delivered over 20,000 orders thus far. The enterprising chef delivered over 500 orders in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and retains on the lookout for new methods to ship genuine do-it-yourself, wholesome meals to Hyderabadis. 

Anjum’s drive displays over the telephone as she passionately talks about what meals means to her. It’s been a vessel for her to attain her desires and serve others, she says.  

Biryani- The meal to everybody’s coronary heart

A meal prepared by Anjum
A meal ready by Anjum

Persuaded by her neighbours, Anjum’s first trial of kinds was in the course of the month of Ramadan in 2016 whereas making desserts. She bought her ‘Double Ka Meetha’, a tasty Hyderabadi dessert, and ‘lauki halwa’ (bottle gourd) at her brother-in-law’s restaurant. Each have been a runaway success, and instilled confidence in Anjum that she was on the best path.  

Shortly after, she acquired her first order, which she remembers like yesterday. It was a mutton dum biryani for a small dwelling gathering in HITEC Metropolis. The visitors relished it a lot that they too began putting orders along with her. 

Her enterprise has grown by means of word-of-mouth and through posts on her Fb web page. Anjum would make all of the orders on her personal from her kitchen, after she completed cooking for her kids and husband. 

When she began, nobody thought she would develop a lot, and she or he was a one-woman military. She laughs as she recollects that she began with simply Rs 80.

Anjum started her venture 'Anjum's kitchen' in 2016
Anjum began her enterprise ‘Anjum’s kitchen’ in 2016

“Anjum’s kitchen started unexpectedly, once I received the primary order. I had confidence in myself and knew that I’d do it. I used the Rs 80 to purchase the greens I wanted. I used to be the primary dwelling chef in Hyderabad at the moment. Because it was new, nobody knew whether or not one thing like this could even work,” Anjum tells The Higher India. 

It’s this self-confidence and arduous work that has made Anjum’s Kitchen so profitable as we speak. She has about 25-50 orders each day, which embrace each day tiffins and biryanis. She additionally will get celebration orders and dessert orders. 

She doesn’t do any advertising, she says, as she has her palms full. Whereas she did every little thing from cooking to delivering by herself at first, she quickly needed to rent two supply boys and a assist to prep the meals. 

Her day begins at 4:30am along with her morning prayers, adopted by making breakfast for her three kids at 6 am. After they’re off to highschool, she enters the kitchen at 9 am for her each day orders. 

“I make every little thing recent each day. My husband will get the meat and greens each morning. As soon as my helper is finished with the cutting-chopping-peeling, from 9am-12pm, I concentrate on making the curries, rice, and chapatis myself to not compromise on the style,” she explains.

By 2 pm, her two supply boys ship all of the orders throughout town. After lunch, she begins engaged on her night orders, that are primarily for events, and embrace starters, biryanis, hen curries and desserts. She accepts celebration orders about 4 occasions every week. 

She sends these out by 5:30 pm after which it’s time for her children to return from faculty. 

A stickler for high quality

What has made Anjum survive within the cloud kitchen enterprise, which is extraordinarily aggressive as we speak, is her fixed improvements. When she realised that individuals needed one thing past biryani, she launched ‘iftar platter for one’, which features a dahi wada, haleem, starters, fruits and dates, amongst different issues. 

“I introduce one thing new each few months as individuals anticipate that. It’s essential to innovate continuously. I began with the iftar platter, which individuals actually preferred. Throughout the COVID-19 waves, I began ‘jashn-e-dawat’, which was marriage ceremony meals, served in a single tray, for one individual, as individuals weren’t capable of attend weddings and missed that meals,” she says.

She additionally launched desserts like Panjiri ke ladoo, gond ke laddoo throughout winters. She received permission from the federal government to serve meals in the course of the COVID-19 lockdown and served over 500 meals. 

Her each day tiffins have a set menu, which she additionally tries to present one thing new, like mirchi (Chilli) bajji, pakode, custard and extra. They price Rs 400 for lunch and dinner per day. 

“I maintain fascinated with my prospects, particularly the older women and men who order. I attempt to give one thing completely different. Since many are diabetics however love sweets, I give them one thing like a custard which I make with little or no sugar for them,” she provides. 

Anjum provides 25 people daily tiffins
Anjum gives 25 individuals each day tiffins

One in all Anjum’s common diners is Obaid Khan, who has been ordering his each day meals from her for 2 years. He says that her meals reminds him of dwelling. 

“The style, amount and high quality is basically good. What actually differentiates Anjum’s meals is the amount, which is rather more than what others supply. She retains the menu fascinating as effectively. Her mutton kofta curry is out of this world,” says Obaid, who works in Hyderabad.

Anjum’s bestseller is the mutton biryani, which sells for Rs 1800/kg and may feed 6-8 individuals. The rationale, she says, is that she makes use of equal portions of mutton and rice in her biryani. Different crowd favourites are the double ka meetha and hen tikka.

Regardless of her busy schedule, Anjum finds the time to conduct on-line cooking courses for individuals dwelling overseas.

Crediting her success to sheer arduous work, Anjum says, “If we wish to make a reputation for ourselves, now we have to work very arduous. It requires a whole lot of effort. I’ve been blessed with good orders for the reason that time I began and have a really cooperative household.”

In the end, style and high quality matter, and that’s the place Anjum stands out, in response to prospects like Obaid.

Beginning with Rs 80, Anjum earns over Rs 1 lakh monthly as we speak. For anybody wishing to begin a enterprise, dedicating your self utterly to the job is the solely method to thrive. 

“Maintain hustling and put in your one hundred pc. Follow makes one good. Maintain at it until you develop into the very best. Don’t work for cash. I experimented with my tiffins and look the place I’m as we speak. You can also make it for those who maintain your eyes on the aim and revel in what you do,” says Anjum.

You may place orders by means of Anjum’s fb web page

Edited by Padmashree Pande.


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