In this episode of Healthy Family Project, we talk to Maya Kaimal, award-winning cookbook author and founder of Maya Kaimal Foods, about how to easily add international foods to your menu and introduce them to your selective eaters. Maya shares ways to incorporate worldly flavors in a kid-friendly way while using it as a teaching opportunity to learn about different cultures. 

Raised in Boston by a South Indian father and a mother from New England, Maya grew up in a multi-cultural home filled with delicious and diverse foods. Her father’s Indian cooking combined with trips to visit family in India piqued her interest in that cuisine from a young age.

After graduating from Pomona College, she moved to New York to pursue a career in publishing. Her first book, Curried Favors, won the Julia Child Best First Book Award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals. In 2003 she left the publishing world and launched a line of fresh Indian sauces in partnership with her husband and journalist Guy Lawson, out of their Brooklyn apartment.

Her product line has garnered many industry awards, and has grown to include shelf stable sauces, condiments and Everyday Dal pouches. Maya Kaimal products are sold nationwide at Whole Foods Market, Safeway-Albertsons, Target, Costco, and many more.

Maya Kaimal Foods is a line that brings the vibrancy of traditional Indian flavors into modern culinary experiences. All of the line’s products are inspired by Maya’s family recipes and help families bring new flavors into their kitchens with ease.

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Want to skip straight to a hot topic? See time stamps below. But of course, we recommend listening all the way through!

  • 3:29 Welcome, Maya! 
  • 4:03 How Maya started her business
  • 6:44 Becoming a mom and starting a business at the same time 
  • 9:32 How to expose kids to new flavors 
  • 12:21 Easily accessible Indian cuisine ingredients
  • 21:27 How to incorporate worldly foods while using it as a teaching opportunity to learn about different cultures 
  • 28:09 What does a healthy family mean to you?

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