Monday, July 25, 2011

Food: Kurry Guru Under New Ownership

A version of this article was published in the Kalamazoo Gazette on Monday, July 25, 2011.

Kurry Guru has changed owners.

On July 1 Anja Patel took over the reins of the Indian gourmet a catering and ready-to-eat meals business from Mukta Joshi who moved her family to Birmingham, AL. Joshi plans to establish an Indian cuisine business there.

Patel will continue making Kurry Guru's popular dishes including gobhi gajar matar masala, chickpea curry, rajma masala, matar paneer, Himalayan lentil soup, samosa, roti and spicy nut mix.

She will introduce some new ones like her medium-hot relish that is comprised of 95 percent red bell peppers seasoned with red chili, garlic, lime juice, mustard seed and Indian spices. It goes well with any food as an ingredient, a dip or a relish.

Like Joshi, she plans to conduct Indian cooking classes that will commence in the fall.

Since February, Patel successfully ran her own business, the Sultry Kitchen, through the Can-Do Kitchen, which she modeled after Kurry Guru. She will now operate it under the Kurry Guru name.

“This made for a smooth transition,” said Patel. “Ít’s a good fit and exciting to be able to do it.”

Patel, daughter of well-traveled parents, grew up in multicultural Southern California and was exposed to many cultures and their cuisines.

“Kurry Guru has given me an opportunity to introduce my diverse culinary interest to the Kalamazoo public,” she said.

Kurry Guru’s ready-to-eat gourmet Indian vegetarian foods and snacks are available at Bronson Hospital Cafeteria (601 E. John St.), Harding’s Friendly Market (3750 W. Centre, Portage), Natural Health Center (4610 West Main), People’s Food Co-Op (507 Harrison), Sawall Health Foods (2965 Oakland Dr.) and the Texas Corners Saturday Farm Market in July (Q Avenue and 8th Street).

Meals are made with fresh vegetables, 100 percent extra virgin olive oil and all natural wholesome ingredients without flavor enhancers or preservatives.

For more information about Kurry Guru, call 269-366-8545, or