“A friend with a large harvest of organic lemons decided to drop off a big heap with us. I decided to make a date-and-lime pickled chutney and distributed the 12 kilograms to family and friends,” recalls Kutty. Friends could not get enough of the sweet-and-sour condiment, and many demands later, she ventured to bottle her adventures in the kitchen and introduced them on store shelves.
“Fouziya’s Cooking” as a brand emerged in 2013, thanks to her husband Sheik Abdul Taher, who runs a branding and advertising company.
Completely self-taught, with a sprinkling of cooking tips from various aunties and grandmothers, Kutty has an array of spreads, including strawberry, mango, apple-fig, banana, peanut butter and orange marmalade. Her savoury sauces include Schezwan sauce, tomato ketchup, Pasta Sauce and the original favourite, the date and lime pickle chutney.