Quick, authentic, and delicious! Banish all your kitchen pain and mess and create effortless, wholesome gourmet meals in minutes with the help of Kavita’s Kitchen. These 100% naturals, plant-based curry pastes will add the spice you’ve been searching for.
What is your company background, how did you start the business?
We are a small start-up, family-owned business based in Wellington, I credit the authenticity of our products to my deep Indian Asian heritage, coupled with my broad die-hard foodie experiences from living in Singapore, Malaysia, India and Switzerland. I started for the simple reason of wanting to help friends and other families create authentic, tasty, quick and easy Asian-inspired healthy and lavish meals.
KKNZ provides affordable, authentic and completely natural, handmade Indian curry pastes. Boasting a huge level of versatility, the pastes can be used to make a curry, stir fry, slow cook, oven bake or BBQ; or even as a decadent spread to accompany a glass of wine. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or non-vegetarian – they are entirely plant-based and suitable for everyone.
The inspiration to start the business stemmed from trying to come up with a solution to the struggle that most families face – trying to cook a healthy meal for everyone after a long day that didn’t take hours of preparation. I recalled the lifehack my Grandma, affectionately called Paboji, used to feed dozens of people with little warning: there was always some curry paste in the freezer. I decided to replicate Grandma’s methods and got to work.
Using quality, curated and natural ingredients, we roast spices, slow-cook and hand-stir a collection of curry pastes, designed to keep. Perfect for a quick weekday meal, a family get together or even to complement your celebration. Effortless gourmet offerings from grandma's tradition to your plate!
What is the current product range and variants and how do these products stand out in the market?
There are three variants:
- Beyond Butter Chicken – Aromatic blend of Tomato with Ginger and Smokey Paprika
- Sensational Rogan Josh – Caramelised Onion with a hint of Cumin and Cinnamon
- Tantalizing Madras Fusion- Tomato infused with Mustard Seed and Fragrant Curry Leaves.
These pastes are ready to go with the cooking process super simplified. Just choose your protein and/or vegetables, add the paste and liquid (like water, broth, coconut cream, yoghurt or cream) and simmer. It works with everything. Easy and fail-proof!
Producing award-winning, authentic, delicious, small batched, hand stirred, fresh chilled concentrate curry pastes. Led by Kavita bringing her grandma’s tradition to your plate effortlessly in minutes. 100% natural and plant-based with no added sugar, preservatives, stabilisers or additives nor gluten, nuts or dairy.
What are the plans for the business moving forward, is there any expansion on the horizon?
My business vision 5-10 year plan is:
- To create a wider presence especially national. This means a bigger commercial allergen-free kitchen to enable a legal declaration of GF, DF and nut-free!
- To increase production efficiency by increasing capacity, volume, and energy saving.
- Be a part of the healthy food guide and receive the heart foundation tick. Currently, the product has a 4.5 health star rating with negligible fat.
- To create new exotic flavours
- Investigating more sustainable packaging options such as aluminium tins.
Where are your products currently available to buy, and are you looking at or wanting to expand your availability?
Products are currently stocked in MooreWilsons Wellington, Spice Emporium Kilbirnie.
Expansion plans include Commonsense Organics, New World Supermarkets, Wanaka Market.