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Athira J and Arun Kumar BS opened Chaikaari as an avenue for residence cooks to be financially impartial

Athira J and Arun Kumar BS opened Chaikaari as an avenue for residence cooks to be financially impartial

Tea and snacks make an unbeatable mixture. That’s what Chaikaari, a nondescript cafe at Vanchiyoor junction, presents. What makes the snacks particular is that they’re sourced from residence cooks within the metropolis.

Chaikaari is a platform to empower residence cooks, says Athira J and Arun Kumar BS, founders of the cafe. The consolation of home-cooked meals is behind the concept, they are saying. “My mom, Jaya S, a homemaker, is an incredible cook dinner. She used to promote breakfast and pothichoru, beneath the model title Homy Delights. We had constructed a gentle clientele by way of only a Fb web page. She needed to wind it up after two years. That was once I considered others like her who can’t afford to begin a enterprise on their very own,” says Athira, an IT skilled.

Athira J and Arun Kumar BS, founders of Chaikaari in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. It sells snacks made by home cooks

Athira J and Arun Kumar BS, founders of Chaikaari in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. It sells snacks made by residence cooks
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When she shared the concept together with her cousin, Arun, an entrepreneur, he was sport for it. They put up a put up on Fb inviting entries from residence cooks within the metropolis. “We received 350-odd entries out of which 100 have been shortlisted. Since we couldn’t take all of them we went by way of a screening course of and people chosen have been requested to deliver a pattern of their dishes. We selected 15 to twenty of them within the first part,” says Athira.

A house cook dinner provides one to 3 dishes, nearly every day. “I used to arrange snacks for my pals however by no means thought that I might be capable of get an revenue out of it. Chaikaari has given me that chance,” says 50-year-old Jayalekshmi  Nagapadmini, whose makes ilayada (steamed rice crepes with jaggery and coconut filling wrapped in banana leaf), kozhukatta or steamed rice balls with candy or spicy filling, spicy rice balls, kalathappam (a candy snack made with rice flour and jaggery) and tapioca uppumavu.

Chatti pathiri at Chaikaari, Thiruvananthapuram

Chatti pathiri at Chaikaari, Thiruvananthapuram
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Ethnic eats

Nuzrath TM enjoys getting ready eats, particularly these widespread in Malabar. The 36-year-old homemaker from Kozhikode, has been dwelling within the metropolis for 13 years now. “After I noticed the Fb put up of Chaikaari, I made a decision to offer a strive. It feels nice that folks get pleasure from what I cook dinner. Just lately I received a bulk order by way of a member of Chaikaari group,” says Nuzrath. She makes hen samosa, parippuvada (lentil fritters) , pazham nirachathu (ripe banana full of candy filling), unnakkaya (fritters made with semi-ripe bananas with a candy filling), bonda and tharipola (semolina cake).

Whereas Lakshmi V brings hen, meat and egg cutlets from her kitchen, Jasmin A makes murtabak (stuffed pancake), hen rolls, kozhi ada, chatti pathiri and hen cake. Momos, fried milk, mini pizzas, steamed yams and unniyappam are additionally out there. “My mom prepares a particular spicy vada with inexperienced gram lentils that’s teamed with tomato chutney and my mother-in-law, Sushama S, makes yummy pazhampori (banana fritters),” Athira provides.

Vada made with green gram and tomato chutney at Chaikaari, Thiruvananthapuram

Vada made with inexperienced gram and tomato chutney at Chaikaari, Thiruvananthapuram
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The charges are fastened by the house cooks, Arun says and it’s ensured that the charges are cheap. “We’ve got seen profitable enterprise ventures run by residence cooks winding up inside just a few months. We don’t need that to occur to those cooks. We need to give these ladies a stable platform to assist them grow to be financially impartial.”

Chaikaari has tea in six completely different flavours, moreover the same old milk tea and occasional. It’s open on all days from 8.30 am to eight.30 pm. “We plan to open Chaikaari shops inside each eight kilometres within the metropolis. The dream is to increase it to different districts as nicely,” Arun says.

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