Chatty’s Indian Spices Inc.
Like all sound entrepreneurs, Arati Chattopadhyay started off with a good idea, and followed through with hard work to develop her dreams into a reality.
Arati, known as Chatty to her friends, has turned her wizardry in the family kitchen to a business opportunity using her cooking skills to create a variety of curry spices to liven up dishes prepared by home cooks. "For me, I don't think of my business as selling stuff. It is my passion. I love my business," she explains.
Winner of 1998 Best New Food Product Award
Chattopadhyay started Chatty's Indian Spices in 1996 - a business dedicated to mixing, packaging, labelling, and selling spices used to prepare East Indian food. She said she decided to market the blended spices to allow consumers to cook and enjoy East Indian food without having to buy all the spices used to prepare it.
"Some of my recipes called for as many as 30 different spices that needed to be used in a single dish," explains Arati. "It would have proved very difficult for the individual who had little experience with Indian food to manage to find and use that many spices. It seemed sensible that pre-packaged spices would present people with the opportunity to cook authentic Indian-style food fairly easily."
Specializing in her native East Indian cuisine, Arati explains that her blends of spices are high quality without MSG and no colors, just spices and herbs.
Chatty's has three blends with more to come. She has Chicken Curry, Tandoori(barbeque-style), and Calcutta Curry.
For the spice blends Chatty's was named entrepreneur of the year for 1998, and won the award for the Best New Food Product in Western Canada.
This year Chatty has expanded her beautifully packaged product line to include the Mango Mustard Chutney which was selected as "Best New Food Product" in Western Canada in 2000 receiving the Genesis Awarad. Two other top ten selections, a subtle and colourful Vegetable Biryani and a slightly sweet, well seasoned Tomato Chutney have also been added.
Chatty's Indian Spices offers a unique blend of East Indian gourmet spices for the first time cook or experienced connoisseur of Indian food. An innovative product for consumers, the company offers three different mixes requiring only yogurt and onion to produce exotic, time honoured tastes. Serve the chutneys with bacon sandwiches, grilled meats, sausages, samosas, pakoras and toutiere, even try the Tomato Chutney as an ice cream topping.
The products have been featured in the local media for its outstanding taste and convenience.
"Chatty's is committed to serve the customers the best by spicing up life in the West"