Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Things all crochet business owners should know



Recently we have witnessed a shape hike in the handmade businesses in Kashmir valley. The crochet business in surely one thing that is in trend and many girls and women have started their online shops with variety of beautiful and cozy stuff. If you are one of those people who too want to start an online crochet business but are filled with if’s and but’s than this post is definitely for you. If you are thinking of starting your own crochet business than read these tips for making your venture a success.




1. DON'T TARGET CRAFTERS.

We tend to follow people who share our creative flare. And at the moment you must be following many fellow crafters social media and it may be tempting to invite them to buy your stuff. They may follow you back but they are skilled enough to make one such item for themselves, most probably and hence you won’t be able to sell. Try to target non-crafters. They are the people who are most interested in buying your handmade goodies rather than the technique you used to create it.

2. DON'T UNDERVALUE YOURSELF

You are unique! Do not try to undervalue your craft or work. Be positive and confident. Always remember that they (your competitors) can do stuff like you but they are not you.
Moreover price your products fairly. There are many different formulas to figure out the perfect price but at the very minimum you need to factor in how much your time is worth in terms of pounds per hour, the cost of materials and other expenses such as selling fees. Remember, just because you might be reluctant to pay that price for the item, that doesn't mean there isn't a viable market out there made up of people who would be willing to pay it.

3. KNOW THE LAW

Don’t steal the patterns. Use them with the permission of the authors or buy them. Or maybe you can make your own patterns. Avoid using someone else’s work as your own.

4. FIND YOUR NICHE

Crocheting is wide field and you can make amazingly huge number of things with this technique. But you don’t need to. Find the things you are most comfortable in making and the things that are easy for you to cope up with. You should focus on things that you can do. You don’t need to jump into everything and end up being tired and leaving your startup for good. It can also put your prospecting buyers off. Find your target rather than trying to appeal everyone.

5. MAKE YOUR PRESENCE ONLINE.

Almost all us are aware of social media and use it to connect to people. Use this super great tool to promote your business. Tell them that you are there. Make you presence more impact. How are you going to sell if no one knows about your startup? Advertise with the social media giants. I think this needs more detail, so I will be up with the blog post for that very soon.

6. CREATE YOUR BRAND

Yes, this is one of the most important things that you will need. Your shop should have a sound name that is easy to remember and speak. Make the look and feel of your shop so appealing that people come to your shop again and again. Make the customer seller interaction easy. Create your logo and design your shop before you go public. This will have more impact on the minds of people.

I hope these tips were helpful and I wish you luck with your new business.
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Thanks.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

How I make my Ghee Parathas.

This is a simple Roti tutorial. Be ready to swim in Ghee. Just kidding!



I love making triangular layered and yummiest parathas with gee and flour. And everyone love them too and I thought i must share with my blog reader community too. It is very heavy and is a straight No No for anyone on diet.

This is not a rocket science or some fancy complicated recipe. If you are looking for something like that than this is not for you.

Keep reading anyways.

Ingredients:

1. All purpose Flour.
2. Ghee.
3. Water.

Method:

1. Make the dough from flour and water. Neither too dry, nor too moist.



2. Keep it covered for at-least 1 hour.
3. After 1 hour make dough balls of the size of your choice. I prefer the size of a small ball, too little a ball wont make a good paratha.



4. Spread the 2 dough balls and apply hot/liquid ghee.



5. Put one one another, spread a little and apply ghee again.



6. Fold once and apply ghee for the second time.



7. Fold again thus make a triangle.



8. Spread the triangle you just made into a full roti.
9. Put this paratha on  hot pan and apply ghee over it.



10. Turn to other side. Apply ghee to this side now.
11. fry till light brown and turn occasionally.
12. serve hot with chai or Sabzi.


Thats it.. I hope you like it too. Give it a try.



Saturday, 2 September 2017

My Sanjeev Kapoor inspired Butter Chicken Recipe

Who doesn't want to taste a li'l magic when in south Asia?! It is the most loved delicacy of Indian cuisine. Today, with me, relish your soul with this amazing spicy chicken recipe.

It is called Butter chicken because the gravy is cooked in the butter. You can use cheese instead of chicken to make Butter Paneer. The method to cook the gravy remains same.



Here we go:

Ingredients:


For Gravy:

1. Freshly Picked tomatoes. 1kg.
2. Butter. 2Tbsp
3. Cardamom. 3-4
4. Ginger Garlic Paste. 2Tspn
5. Red chilli. 1Tspn
6. Salt to taste.
7. Fenugreek leaves (methi). 2Tbsp
8. Fresh Cream.
9. Honey. 1Tspn
10. Garam Masala. 1Tspn

For Chicken:

1. Lemon. 1 medium.
2. Red chilli.
3. Salt.
4. Yogurt.
5. Ginger garlic paste. 2 Tbsn
6. Garam masala. 1Tspn
7. Mustard oil. 1-2Tspn
8. Chicken (boneless or with bones). 1kg.

Method.


Preparing the chicken:


1. First marinate.

The first marinate consists of red chillies, salt and lemon juice. Refrigerate for at least half an hour.



2. Second marinate.

Now take the curd in the bowl, add ginger-garlic paste, Garam masala, red chillies, salt. Mix well. Put the chicken in this marinate. Add some mustard oil to it and leave for at least 2 hours.

Cooking the chicken:


1. In a Frying pan.

Just in case you don't have an oven around, take a non stick, heavy bottomed pan/cooker, add some oil and put all the marinated chicken in it. Cover the lid and let it cook on the low flame first and than at high flame. Turning it occasionally. Cook till brown and crisp.



2. In an Oven.

Cook on 350 degrees for about 15-20 mins. Checking it occasionally. Keep it for more time if required.

3. In the gas Tandoor.

Oil the tandoor and put the chicken pieces on it. Let it cook.

The chicken thus prepared should be crisp and moist.


Preparing the Buttery Gravy:


1. Make a tomato puree or peel and chop the tomatoes.
2. In a non stick pan take the butter, add cardamam and ginger garlic paste. cook for 1 minute.



3. Add the tomatoes.
4. Cook for 5 minutes.
5. Add Red chillies and salt.



6. Cook for 10 minutes. Add dried fenugreek leaves(methi).
7. Cook for 5 more minutes.



8. Add fresh cream, honey and some more butter. Cook.
9. Add garam masala powder to it and cook.



When the grave is prepared add the cooked chicken to it and cook for few minutes.

Serve hot.