There are many food items like ‘Kozhikodan Halwa’, ‘Manjali Biriyani’ and so on which is popular and named after the place. ‘Angamaly Idli’ is the new item which is making a sensation in the restaurants with its unique taste and name.
The journey to explore the taste of ‘Angamaly Idli’ will conclude at the house of Ranitha Shabu, a housewife in Karukutti near Angamaly. This woman has turned an entrepreneur with Idli business.
Now, she is all set to introduce her Idli to the foodies abroad.
Ranitha started sale of Idli in 2005. During the early phase, she made 65 idlies and distributed to nearby hotels. Within a week, she turned a small entrepreneur by selling 1000 Idlies per day.
Her Idli magic worked out well to impress the customers in hotels. At present, she is busy with Idli making to meet the orders. Following the development of the business, she established Gokulson Food and Processing Unit to market ‘Angamly Idli’ and other food items.
As the product has won the hearts of many people, restaurant owners from abroad approached Ranitha. Rishi Jacob from Portuguese and Shaiju from Oman are the two restaurant owners who approached the small entrepreneur to try her Idli recipe in their restaurant.
For this purpose, Rishi's one employee and Shaiju's six employees are deputed to Ranitha’s food processing unit.
“They are being trained on the recipe and preparation of the food items,” said Ranitha while explaining about the trainees from abroad.
Apart from Idli, Idiyappam, Palappam, Kozhukatta, Vattayappam, Chakkayada, Unniyappam and Neyyappam are being sold out from this unit.
“These items are distributed to over 30 shops and hotels. Over 1000 snacks are made every day in this unit,” said Ranitha.
“When I started the business only Rs 100 was spent in the first phase. Later, I got financial aid through Pradhan Mantri Rozgar Yojana (PMRY), Women’s Industries Programme and Entrepreauners Support Scheme of Thrissur district industries Centre. The facilities to produce the snacks were arranged through these financial aids,” said Ranitha.
She also took a loan from Union Bank to make steamer and machines for food production.
“Steamer was designed by my husband Shabu. Later, he made it with the help of a friend in a workshop. Around Rs 30 lakh was spent for the whole machinery,” said the lady entrepreneur.
She also mentioned the support from Thrissur District Industrial Centre deputy director TS Chandran in the mission.
Many women are employed at Ranitha’s food processing unit which upholds taste as its standard. The working hours are scheduled from 4 hours to 8 hours in three shifts.
“My employees are happy to find an income with a job in which they are much experienced. So they are cooperating well with the work here, “said Ranitha with the satisfaction of an employer.
Ranitha is an inspiration for millions of women who dream to be an entrepreneur with small ideas of a housewife.