With her settlement in Los Angeles (LA) as a software package developer, Uffaq Mattu quit her career in a small span of time only to market the Kashmiri cuisine across the United States (US).
The 47-yr-old Kashmiri girl, settled in California LA just about 14 decades back, Mattu was always fascinated by the meals and made use of to experiment unique cuisines.
Mattu says that right before settling in LA, she had no plans to get started offering Kashmiri foodstuff, but the loaded food society of Kashmir prompted her to begin the business.
“I was doing a work in LA as a program developer and for me there was no rationale to depart my position in LA. On the other hand, the Kashmiri meals and tradition compels me to stop the career to advertise the distinctive Kashmiri cuisines throughout the US,” she said adding “Everybody at my dwelling employed to connect with me Uffi and when I started the WhatsApp team for delivering Kashmiri cuisines, I named the group as Uffi’s Kitchen,” she mentioned.
Mattu said, “My spouse has been supportive, he supports me and encourages me to pursue my organization and market Kashmiri food in the western nations.”
She states that in LA, Uffi’s kitchen has turn out to be a brand title now.“Uffi’s Kitchen until now has transported meals to just about 50 States in the US and now has a foundation of hundreds of shoppers, which includes Kashmiris, Pakistanis, Indians and also People,” she said.
Mattu stated, “Uffi’s kitchen doesn’t have its physical outlet but when I have some significant catering orders, I used to choose the kitchen on hire wherein me and my staff cook the Kashmiri meals.”
Nevertheless, Mattu dreams of opening a Kashmiri restaurant in LA which could advertise the wealthy food stuff of Kashmir.
Mattu stated that when she bought a excellent response, it encouraged her to develop the business and in the long run the Kashmiri tradition. “I am now completely concentrating on the Uffi’s Kitchen area,” she stated.
Other than the full variety of Kashmiri clients, a lot more than 12 % of the clientele are the inhabitants of LA and other states who buy Kashmiri food stuff from the Uffi’s Kitchen.
“Not only residents, many locals of other countries also order food items from her outlet,” she reported.
On an ordinary, Uffi’s Kitchen delivers 20-25 deals of significant containers to various family members. The Harrisa made by Mattu, particularly during winters, is extra renowned than any other cuisine throughout LA.
“This winter season time, I have sent a lot more than 400 Kilograms of Harisa not only to the Kashmiri locals but to the folks of other nationalities as effectively,” she claimed.
Mattu says, “There are constraints to ship the purchase to other countries but I am trying to ship it to Canada also. I am attempting to ship the Kashmiri pickle and Harissa in bulk to other international locations also, in which I am getting a range of orders from the Kashmir’s who are settled out there. We will have our individual distributor out there.”
In LA, Mattu has seven employees from Mexico Town who are assisting her in the kitchen. “I oversee almost everything. Each time I am out of the kitchen, I prepare a proportion of substances for Harissa. Rest, no matter what actual physical perform is essential to prepare dinner the Wazwan, my personnel do it,” she explained.
Mattu suggests that when she arrived to the United States fourteen decades again, she discovered each kind of food items readily available in LA but the Kashmiri food was nowhere to be observed.In most of the western nations around the world, very handful of men and women know about Kashmiri food.
On inquiring how the notion of offering Kashmiri Wazwan in LA California came into her intellect, she mentioned, “Initially, when the Kashmiri local community in LA utilised to meet on the festivals like Eid, the Kashmiri people residing out there beloved the Wazwan which I applied to cook dinner.”
They inspired me to cook for them and other folks and that’s how I started off offering the different Kashmiri cuisines, she stated.
Mattu claimed, “Nobody in LA had an idea about the prosperous foodstuff tradition of Kashmir. Then and there I determined to boost our cultural food Wazwan and Harissa.”
Following serving the classic cuisines to the Kashmiri locals, she started out marketing the culture and cuisines in numerous states of the US. “In 2016, I started off delivering unique Kashmiri meals like entire Wazwan, Harisa, Kashmiri pickle and Kulcha via a little WhatsApp team,” Mattu said adding “from the previous 6 several years, delivering the foods has turned into a full-fledged business enterprise wherever I supply our standard foods not only to the Kashmiri but to the Us residents also.”
Since 2018, Mattu has been offering foodstuff across the US. “In pretty much all of the marriages of Kashmiris that took place in LA, I have shipped Kashmiri Kulcha to all of them.”
“For the marriages that are scheduled for next year, I have presently received many orders of Kashmiri foodstuff,” she additional.
On an ordinary, she provides Wazwan and Kulcha for fifteen weddings every year.
In 2021, the enterprise was a little bit down because of the COVID-19 as the government in LA experienced imposed restrictions on social gatherings and since of that quite a few weddings were being both postponed or noticed with a really smaller gathering.
Mattu stated this 12 months so significantly the business enterprise has been heading very fantastic and sleek.
A computer system engineer by education, Mattu is dwelling there with her partner and 3 youngsters.