"Years ago, way before Sampoorna Ahara was founded, Dr. Achyuthan Eswar fresh out of college started a small clinic. There, he held workshops called "Be Your Own Doc" every Sunday. He had the most brilliant lesson plans filled with comedy and yet delivered strong messages. He held the attention of his participants like no other but, there was one hour during the day when he would struggle to do so: lunch hour. Around 12pm, the long empty table set to one side of the room would suddenly fill with delicious, fragrant food like something out of a Harry Potter book and everyone who was up till that point looking at Achyuthan would turn their head towards the glorious table and have neither eyes nor ears for the poor young doctor in front of them anymore.
That morning, my phone rang violently- it was Amma. With a groan, I answered the call and grumbled that I was up. It was still dark outside. I squinted at the bright screen of my phone and saw it was only 4 am. Ugh... By the time I made it out of my bed and downstairs to the kitchen, Amma was already there standing over huge simmering vessels of hot food , stirring vigorously. My 14 year old brain would rebel so much! What was the need to complain? I don't understand. 5 minutes later, I was in my zone completely engrossed in making the dish that was assigned to me: dessert. No one else dared to touch the dessert when I was around. It was mine, exclusively. In fact, if I don't say that people were deathly scared of me in the kitchen, I might get in trouble. I was a pain in the butt. I was maybe too meticulous and too precise for anybody's liking. I'm hoping I've learnt to be nice about details? Guys?
Over the years, Achyuthan posed various challenges. First he told me, "No dairy." Then he said, "No sugar." The list didn't end there. Soon it was "No dairy, no sugar, no oil, no jaggery" Each time he said something new, there would be an uproar in the house, "Dont take that away too!" However, if he hadn't challenged me to cook without these "essential" ingredients, I wouldn't have any clue how to make the delicious sweets @sampoornaahara sells today. What a learning curve it has been"
- Aditi Eswar, Co-founder, Sampoorna Sweets