Fill your Belly with this: Murad Shahuna

"I LOVE my Biriyani". Murad Shahuna

We caught up with Murad Shahuna of Fill Belly, who was busy with the Love of his Life: Biriyani- his words, not ours. Take a look at what he had to say about his super-successful biriyani business in Chennai

How did Fill Belly happen?

I’d finished my Hotel Management and was working with different industries. What can I say, I love my Biriyani. Biriyani is my passion. I eat Biriyani everywhere I go. About a year and a half ago, I had this idea to start business with biriyani. I started a tiny kiosk in Mogappair a few months ago. I shut down after a lukewarm response. I decided to keep the delivery open. I set up the website. You had to order a day in advance and 1 kg was the minimum quantity- those were the rules. We do have a website, but you still can’t pay online- you’ll have to opt for COD. We started with and still do the Tamil Muslim Style Biriyani, which we cook over a traditional wood fire. We’re quite sought after for this one. 

We’ve also gone to launch Hyderabadi Biriyani- a service which is about 20 days old. I must say it’s taken off rather well. We have Pepper Chicken, Chicken 65 and our famous Bread Halwa on offer. 

What’s a regular day like? 

I run the whole show. I even deliver food myself some times. We have 2 cooks and a few helpers for now. We have a few third-party deliverers now. We also do well in our vegetarian kitchen-which operates all on its own. We do catering for events and parties as well. Yes, Biriyani is the hero, but I do throw in a lot more. We let the client leave the food to our staff completely. 

Where-to from here? 

I want to throw in more options, fish, prawn with the 1kg offering. I still want to get back to retail- maybe a small restaurant. 

A word of advice..

Just dream. I’m here because of my dream. Fill Belly was once a dream. 

A lot of opportunities will come your way, but don’t stop dreaming. 

Fill Belly has an average bill of anywhere between, Rs700- Rs1500. Head to www.fillbelly.in for some de-lish biriyani. You might just hear Murad’s voice on the site echoing, “I love my Biriyani”. 

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