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Indian food is known for having layered and complex flavors that you can only get by simmering ingredients for hours and keeping an array of spices on hand. It’s not exactly a recipe for easy weeknight cooking. But Indian food doesn’t have to be complicated, especially when you can reach for authentic simmer sauces, dals, and snacks to turn dinner into something extra special. Maya Kaimal’s love of food started at an early age, and today she’s sharing that passion with the masses. Raised in Boston by an Indian father and an American mother, Maya Kaimal’s love of food began early. During college she cooked for her friends, then co-workers in New York City where she worked as a magazine photo editor. Her first cookbook, Curried Flavors: Family Recipes from South India, won the Julia Child Award for best first book, and her second book, Savoring the Spice Coast of India: Fresh Flavors from Kerala, focuses on regional recipes from South India, where her father was raised. Kaimal has been a guest on the Today Show, Food Network, and Martha Stewart, and she’s written for numerous publications—all in an effort to help make Indian cooking accessible in home kitchens.
The History of Maya Kaimal
Kaimal and her husband launched Maya Kaimal Fine Indian Foods in 2003 out of their Brooklyn apartment. After having twins, the family relocated to upstate New York, where they’ve run their business together ever since. Over the years, the company has received accolades and awards for its shelf-stable simmer sauces, dals, and refrigerated sauces.
Maya Kaimal Company Mission
The mission of Maya Kaimal Fine Indian Foods is to offer exceptional Indian foods that are delicious, accessible, and modern. Inspired by heirloom recipes that have been in her family for generations, every sauce, snack, and meal is personally overseen by Kaimal, who develops her product line with the highest quality ingredients.
Benefits of Maya Kaimal
One of the biggest benefits of using Maya Kaimal products in your kitchen is the ease of getting dinner on the table. Instead of spending hours simmering a curry or purchasing spices you may not use again, Maya Kaimal has done the work for you so your meal tastes authentic every time. In addition to convenience, the brand takes pride in offering the best ingredients available. All the ingredients in the everyday dal line are USDA certified organic, and many products are non-GMO certified, including the coconut curry, vindaloo curry, madras curry, and more. With a range of gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options available, Maya Kaimal will satisfy every diet.
Top Maya Kaimal Products
Here are some of our favorite Maya Kaimal products to get you started.
Tikka Masala Simmer Sauce, Mild
This flavorful tikka masala sauce blends cardamom, clove, and cinnamon with fresh tomatoes and spicy ginger. Just saute your favorite veggies, add tofu or chicken for a little extra protein, and pour the sauce on top.
Organic Everyday Dal, Red Lentil and Butternut
Here’s an easy dinner the whole family will love. Serve this dal over steamed rice or quinoa, or as a side dish to grilled fish, veggies, or meat. The butternut squash adds a touch of sweetness to the red lentils that turn creamy and golden when cooked.
Butter Masala Indian Simmer Sauce, Mild
Ready to spice up dinner? This mild and buttery simmer sauce is up for the challenge. Although it’s traditionally served with chicken, there are lots of ways to use it, like over grilled meat, roasted cauliflower, or even as a sauce for tacos or quesadillas.
Easy Indian Recipes
Indian recipes don’t have to be complicated. Try these recipes for easy weeknight cooking.
Tikka Masala With Chicken and Cauliflower Recipe
There’s no need for takeout when you have a jar of tikka masala sauce on hand. This recipe pairs one of Maya Kaima’s top sellers with tender chicken and cauliflower for a comforting meal you can make in about 30 minutes.
Whole Roasted Cauliflower With Indian Spices Recipe
This golden cauliflower will be the star of your vegetarian dinner. It’s coated in a mix of bold spices like turmeric, black pepper, cumin, and chili powder for mouth-watering flavor that’ll leave even carnivores satisfied.
Chicken Chickpea Curry With Almond Milk Recipe
Another 30-minute meal, the spice blend in this curry will have everyone asking for seconds. Creamy almond milk is swirled with cardamom, cumin, and coriander, plus a touch of peanut butter for extra nuttiness. Just add rice or quinoa and you’re all set.