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The First order…followed by the second one…!!

Posted in bengali, homemade food, Order with tags , , on August 31, 2009 by "Not Just Qumin!!!"


Well….the first order did come in…FINALLY!!!


My husband had suggested that I get a new phone number dedicated to Not Just Qumin!!!, before I venture out and start talking about it, so that, incase ‘It’ didn’t work out, I won’t be getting random calls from people saying ‘Ek kadai paneer bhej do’ J. I understood his point and got myself a new number, posted it on my blog, on Facebook, on the fliers and so on….but the phone just wouldn’t ring…and I would wait and wait and wait…even if it made a small little sound, I would run to check, but alas would just have ‘AD messages’ saying this plot available or that hospital is providing an X service…anyways, all my friend and family had advised me to be patient and to hold on…so I did….


A call came last week, stating they plan to have a gathering sometime in September, and they would like to know what all options can I provide…I was ecstatic…but then it didn’t materialise…then a friend’s friend called and said, she would like to order…i was excited…but no success there either…and then a few more calls…and few more plans but my kitchen and my mind was still waiting to begin….


And then Finally…like a flower in the dessert, the call came and they ordered…YES, they ordered…and I was so happy and excited. I will always be thankful to Didi for this :)….So, I set my most professional tone forward and suggested what all I can serve, what time I will deliver and so on and so forth.


They ordered for, Posto mangsho…a very un-conventional, mutton dish, made with Khus-khus and some rare spices, actually not rare, but not commonly used spices. They also ordered for beans&coconut dish and Daal…and it was for about 11 guests…so I set on to work and delivered on time…and in order to show my appreciation, I also delivered a dessert complimentary, which was Pati sapta, a Bengali sweet, one of my favourites and I am sure, all bongs love it too.


While I was delivering this order, I got another call…a nice ring on my new number…and I got my second order for 5…It felt great!!! I was to deliver Kosha mangsho, again a very Bong mutton dish and Masala Aloo Gobi and parathas…It was a lunch order…so by about 1, I was done and happy.


I wanted to click some pictures of Posto magsho and beans dish, but unfortunately couldn’t, but I did manage to click some pictures of Kosha mangsho and masala aloo gobi…I am also trying to work my skills at photography and photoshop… 😉

 Masala Gobi Allo

Masala Gobi Allo

Kosha Mansho

I do have a question though where I would like to know what you feel. A lot of calls that came in, in the last couple of weeks, almost 80% of the people enquired about sampling the food before ordering, My thoughts are, why not, if I can manage to make may be one of the dishes they are interested in, it will give them the confidence (end of the day, they have to face their guests)…but a few of my friends say that I should not…Please let me know your feedback on this…It will help me get back to my  customers accordingly.


Why, ‘Not Just Qumin’??

Posted in bengali, homemade food, Order, punjabi on August 20, 2009 by "Not Just Qumin!!!"

It has always been my dream to have my own catering service, whether a dabba business, a party catering service or a nice little café…But I never could do anything about it, you may ask why not? Well, the reasons could be numerous, from the security of the job, to the fixed monthly income, to the number of EMI’s that one has to pay….but this time, I just told myself…that if this is what makes me happy, I must do it…coz I have nothing to loose…but being the practical person that I am…I am taking a safer bet…A weekend catering service…”NOT JUST QUMIN”, just simple, homemade food….to be served at various gatherings…

A question that I have been asked by my friends numerous numbers of times is…What’s Qumin? and Why, ‘Not Just Qumin’?…well…here’s the explanation…First Qumin(cumin) means Jeera – a whole spice, which is used in almost all kinds of cuisines, especially in Indian cuisine, and even more so in Bengali and Punjabi cuisine and it’s one of my Favourite spice, I use it in all kinds of forms, solid jeera, powdered jeera, roasted jeera…so on and so forth…so that’s why Qumin and why ‘Not Just Qumin’, Well, after talking on and on about the name, rejecting and re-rejecting and then laughing about it….somehow this name stuck around and had a nice ring…and I liked it for another reason…it leaves the horizon open for me to add new cuisines as and when I get better at them…hence… “Not Just Qumin” it is.

The menu is also very simple…all kinds of dishes, you would want to prepare at home and serve…the food which is not ‘run-of-the-mill’ restaurant food, less oil, less masala, ‘custom made’ 🙂 etc…from a simple yellow daal to Kosha mangsho to Aloo dum to Eilish (Hilsa) maach to chingri malai curry to anything you can imagine homemade.

My friends have always raved about my cooking, but then that happens either coz they are polite or are too drunk to define good food (wink wink)…so here I am offering what I feel I cook nicely, for all of you to try and give feedback…your feedback is EXTREMELY important to me…about the menu, the cost, the spices…please do let me know what you think…I am taking baby steps and I need your support….so will look forward!!! Happy ordering 🙂