Maya Kaimal

Maya Kaimal, founder and executive chef of Maya Kaimal Fine Indian Foods.

Maya Kaimal, founder and executive chef of Maya Kaimal Fine Indian Foods.

Maya Kaimal has been fascinated with Indian cuisine, the cuisine of her parents and family, for as long as she can remember. Growing up Maya would frequently travel to their family home in Kerala, India to visit her Aunty Kamala. It was in Aunty Kamala’s kitchen where Maya first fell in love with cooking Indian cuisine. The delicious aromas of fresh curry leaves, mustard seeds, and dried chilies sizzling in a pan of hot oil. Back home in Boston, MA, Maya was taught to cook Indian food by her father Chandran Kaimal, who was a physicist as well as an excellent cook with a talent for writing recipes.  Maya’s mother Lorraine was American and also loved to cook. Maya’s parents Chandran and Lorraine were a major force in her love for food, specifically her family’s delicious, authentic Indian cooking.

Maya’s love for cooking and her passion for her family’s authentic Indian cuisine stuck with her and followed her to Pomona College in California. She started cooking for all of her friends and everyone was raving about her food. Maya then moved to New York City and was working as a magazine photo editor. She continued cooking her family’s authentic Indian recipes for her friends and co-workers and she realized that her food was really making a tremendous impression on people. Many people have only experienced Indian food in restaurants, and tasting Maya’s food gave them a different culinary experience of a home-style comfort food made with love.

In December of 2001, Maya married a Manhattan writer named Guy Lawson. They celebrated their New York City wedding with a large, traditional Indian wedding feast. Maya decided to make her passion into a career by delivering her homemade Indian sauces with the world. In 2003 Maya and Guy launched Maya Kaimal Fine Indian Foods. In 2004 Maya and Guy had twins and left Manhattan for Upstate New York. Since then Maya and Guy have continued to run their business and deliver Maya’s delicious Indian foods to the world with love. Maya has written two cookbooks that are mainly comprised of her authentic Indian family recipes. She has been a guest on many famous food television programs such as The Food Network, The Splendid Table, Martha Stewart, and the Today Show. Maya also frequently writes articles for magazines such as Food & Wine and Saveur. Shop online with Louis Winz and bring Maya’s authentic family Indian flavors to your kitchen!