Living in Hyderabad after completing his MBA, Shouvik Dhar, an NIT graduate, was looking for an idea to start a business.

Born and raised in Assam, he missed his native place’s delicious food. Momos were a staple for him but he could not find a decent momo eatery.

“There were some vendors here and there but people did not have many good options. I could see that there might be a market there and welcome a new product,” he says.

Jumping on the opportunity to introduce his favourite food to the city of Hyderabad, Shouvik decided to sell his existing tech business and take the leap of faith.

In 2016, Zomoz opened its first outlet in Inorbit Mall in Hyderabad. “It was our first joint. We immediately started to see an increase in the sales,” he recalls.

Soon his delicious momos started to gain popularity and in 2017, the company was approached by a cinema chain to supply momos in all their theatres in Hyderabad, Kerala and Vijayawada.

While he was delighted to get such an opportunity, he realised that he did not have the bandwidth to meet such an order. Hiring and training new people was a solution in hand, but he decided to take a different route.

After nearly a year of brainstorming, he came up with a fully automatic momo machine. Everything from making the dough to washing and chopping the vegetables/meat and filling them into little pockets is done by the machine.

Each machine can produce 2.25 lakh momos every day! He says, “We stand as the only brand with 100 percent automated operations at all our centres.”