Frequently Asked Questions

Do the sauces need to be kept refrigerated?
Our refrigerated sauces must be kept refrigerated at all times. The shelf stable sauces must be refrigerated after they are opened and use within 10 days. 

 

How long do the sauces keep once opened?

The sauces will keep 7-10 days once opened.  If you're only taking a portion, prevent contamination by using a clean dry utensil to remove sauce. Spicy Ketchup will keep as long as standard ketchups.

 

How long can I keep an unopened sauce?
The shelf life of an unopened refrigerated sauce is 90 days from the date of manufacture. The shelf life of  an unopened shelf stable sauce is 2 years from the date of manufacture. Check the "Use By" date.

 

Can I freeze your sauces?

Yes. Our refrigerated sauces taste best fresh.  However, if you do freeze them, we recommend that you label and date the container. For our shelf stable sauces, we recommend that you transfer the contents to a non-glass freezer container. Follow the USDA's rules for proper freezing and thawing. For more information visit The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

 

Should I dilute the sauces?
No. You do not need to dilute our sauces but you may want to add a few tablespoons of water while cooking if they get too thick, particularly when using only vegetables.

 

Do your sauces contain anything artificial or any preservatives?
No. Our sauces are all natural. There are no artificial colors, flavors, stabilizers, or fillers added. Our refrigerated sauces do not contain preservatives. We rely on natural acidifiers like lemon, tamarind, and vinegar and a hot-filling process to achieve our shelf life.

 

Which sauces are vegetarian?

All of our sauces are vegetarian. 

 

Which products are vegan?

Coconut Curry  (Refrigerated Simmer Sauce)
Vindaloo  (Refrigerated Simmer Sauce)
Goan Coconut  (Shelf Stable Simmer Sauce)
Jalfrezi Curry  (Shelf Stable Simmer Sauce)
Kashmiri Curry  (Shelf Stable Simmer Sauce)
Madras Curry  (Shelf Stable Simmer Sauce)
Spicy Ketchup 
All flavors of Chickpea Chips
All flavors of Naan Chips


 

 

Which products are gluten free?

All flavors of Chickpea Chips
All of our Refrigerated Simmer Sauces
All of our Shelf Stable Simmer Sauces
Spicy Ketchup

 

Which sauces are sugar free?
Jalfrezi Curry
Madras Curry
Vindaloo


 

Which allergens are in your sauces?
Tree nuts or peanuts are not used in our sauces. However, there is coconut (now considered a tree nut by the FDA) in the following sauces:

Coconut Curry
Goan Coconut
Kashmiri Curry
Jalfrezi Curry
Madras Curry
Vindaloo

There is milk or milk by-products in the following sauces:

Butter Masala
Tikka Masala

 

Are there nuts in any of your sauces?
Tree nuts or peanuts are not used in our sauces. However, there is coconut (now considered a tree nut by the FDA) in the following sauces:

Coconut Curry  (Refrigerated Simmer Sauce)
Goan Coconut  (Shelf Stable Simmer Sauce)
Jalfrezi Curry  (Shelf Stable Simmer Sauce)
Kashmiri Curry  (Shelf Stable Simmer Sauce)
Madras Curry  (Shelf Stable Simmer Sauce)
Vindaloo  (Refrigerated Simmer Sauce)

 

Which allergens are handled by the manufacturer of your sauces?
Our sauces are prepared and packaged with equipment that may come in contact with allergens: 

Crustaceans
Eggs
Fish
Milk
Peanuts
Soybeans
Tree nuts
Wheat


 

Are there nuts in the Chickpea Chips?
Our Chickpea Chips are nut-free and made in a nut-free facility. 

 

Which allergens are handled by the manufacturer of your Chickpea Chips?
Our Chickpea chips are manufactured in a facility that also processes:
Milk
Wheat
Soy
Gluten
Mustard
Sesame
Sulfites

 

What precautions are taken by the manufacturer to prevent cross-contamination of allergens?
Food industry auditors ensure vigilance in minimizing any potential cross-contamination risk at our manufacturing facilities. Some of the steps taken to prevent cross-contamination include employee training, careful labeling, segregation of allergen ingredients, and stringent sanitation practices for cleaning the facility and equipment between production runs.

 

Have a question about a specific ingredient?

Email us at info@mayakaimal.com

 

If I freeze your Costco entrée, how do I best heat it?
First, thaw/defrost entrée before heating. The USDA recommends these three safe-thawing methods: in cold water: in the microwave: or in the refrigerator. Do not thaw at room temperature.

  • Cold water method: Immerse the pouch of food in cold water for at least 30 minutes. Check frequently to be sure water stays cold. Once thawed, heat entree immediately, per package instructions.


  • For microwave thawing, be sure to use the defrost setting for a 2 lb. item. Plan to heat the entree immediately after thawing because some areas of the food may become warm and begin to cook during microwave defrosting.


  • For refrigerator thawing, remove pouch from cardboard sleeve and allow 24 hours to thaw in refrigerator.


For more information visit The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

 

What kind of oils are used in your sauces?

Our shelf-stable sauces use expeller-pressed canola oil.  Our fresh sauces use non-GMO expeller-pressed safflower oil.