BASED IN RHINEBECK, Maya Kaimal has been spicing up the Hudson Valley with her line of Indian simmer sauces and snacks since the launch of Maya Kaimal Fine Indian Foods in 2003. With two published cookbooks and a line of products from sweet chili chickpea chips (a 2015 Specialty Food Association sofi Award-winner) to more than a dozen refrigerated and shelf-stable sauces, Kaimal is dedicated to making converts to the flavors of Indian cuisine.
Through her website (mayakaimal.com), Kaimal shows how to make authentic Indian dishes using basic ingredients from the fridge or pantry.
Spinach chicken curry is quick and easy, using only three ingredients—chicken, Kaimal’s Spinach Saag sauce and buttermilk—mixed and simmered in 30 minutes. Similar, simplified preparations include Classic Korma, Coconut Curry, Vindaloo and Tikka Masala. Each 15-ounce container sells for $5.99-$6.99 and serves four handily.
Available at markets throughout the Hudson Valley, the simmer sauces make hearty, healthy meals and are perfect for a cold winter’s night. The sauces are vegetarian and gluten-free; most are vegan and sugar-free. All are loyal to their ethnic roots.