We're Brian and Monila Junkins, a husband and wife team with a shared joy for food, family, and healthy living. Why did we create Jaali Bean? In a nutshell, it's because we want to help people discover the amazing flavors of India in a brand new way. Despite what you may think, Indian food doesn't have to be complicated, heavy, or overly spicy! In fact, our recipes are light and fresh, and best of all, they come together in just minutes.
Although we are on this journey together, the inspiration for creating Jaali Bean comes from our two unique cultural perspectives:
Monila and I lived in the UK for a while and we were amazed at how integrated Indian food is with the national culture. “Curry” is practically considered the national dish! But here in the States, people aren't as familiar with it. I hadn't even tried much Indian food until Monila introduced me to some of her favorite meals …and I couldn't believe it. Why are these foods such a well-kept secret? These are seriously good flavors - more people need the chance to discover Indian food like I have.” — Brian
As a first generation Indian-American, I originally started this journey to document the foods I grew up eating – not just for myself, but also for our two young daughters. This was not the easiest thing since most Indian mothers (including my own!) tend to verbally pass down recipes from one generation to another. I wanted to make sure that we didn’t lose all of those foods and traditions and to ensure that our children maintained an important connection to their heritage. Along the way, I discovered just how unknown and intimidating Indian food is to so many people. Now I am on a mission to bring Indian flavors to more people’s plates!” — Monila
Our goal is to make it easy for you to incorporate delicious new flavors into your mealtimes. The balanced spices and rich textures in our foods are designed to pair with your favorite meals. We took care of the all-natural ingredients, the authentic flavors, and even the prep time. Your job? Well, you get to choose how you want to savor your tasty homemade meal. (On its own? With rice? As a dip? Spread on a wrap? The possibilities are diverse AND delicious.)
Our dishes are based on lentils, the high protein “superfood” staple of the Indian diet. Packed with antioxidants, dietary fiber, and essential minerals, our luxurious blends are mouthwateringly nutritious. Whether you're serving up a tenderly spiced lentil stew or a creamy coconut rice mix, you know it's going to be good … and good for your entire family.
At Jaali Bean, we believe in the power of kicking menu monotony to the curb. Our goal is to fire up your sense of discovery, awaken your taste buds, and let your imagination run wild. It's a whole new world of Indian-inspired eating, and everything you need to break out of your food routine in order to make everyday life a little more flavorful!