01. How do I store Arvinda's spice blends?
All Arvinda’s spice blends should be kept inside the bag in the tin. We do not recommend you empty the contents of the bag into the tin, although our tins are food grade quality and FDA approved.
Dry spice blends, such as Arvinda's Chai Masala, Arvinda's Curry Powder and Arvinda's Garam Masala, should be stored in a cool, dark place, free of humidity. Arvinda’s Butter Chicken Masala, Arvinda's Curry Masala, Arvinda's Madras Masala, Arvinda's Tandoori Masala and Arvinda's Tikka Masala can be stored in the refrigerator for optimal freshness.
02. Are the spice blends gluten-free?
All Arvinda’s products are gluten-free. Arvinda's spice blends contain only spices, herbs and sea salt all of which inherently do not contain any gluten. We do not process any gluten products in our facility, however we cannot guarantee that spices used in Arvinda's have not come into contact with wheat during harvesting and packaging.
03. Do Arvinda's spice blends contain turmeric?
We love all spices especially turmeric for their immense health benefits. We blend turmeric into the following spice blends: Arvinda's Butter Chicken Masala, Arvinda's Curry Powder, Arvinda's Curry Masala, Arvinda's Madras Masala, Arvinda's Tandoori Masala and Arvinda's Tikka Masala.
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04. What are the ingredients in the spice blends? I’m allergic to some ingredients and spices.
Mustard seeds are an allergen, used in Arvinda's Madras Masala, Arvinda's Vindaloo Masala and Arvinda's Curry Powder. Arvinda’s blends do not contain nuts, sesame seeds, wheat, eggs, soy or dairy products and these items are not processed in our facility. Some people have sensitivities to certain ingredients. If this is a concern to you, please email us.
05. What is the shelf life of Arvinda's spice blends?
If Arvinda’s spice blends are stored at optimal condition as specified above, they are good for the length of time (after opening) as follows:
Arvinda's Chai Masala - 12 months; Arvinda's Butter Chicken, Arvinda's Curry Masala, Arvinda's Garam Masala, Arvinda's Madras Masala, Arvinda's Tandoori Masala and Arvinda's Tikka Masala - 15 months; Arvinda's Curry Powder, Arvinda's Curry Leaves, Arvinda's Kafir Lime Leaves and Arvinda's Whole Spices - 18 months.
06. What stores carry Arvinda’s spice blends?
Our website lists some of the fine retailers that carry Arvinda's. If you want to know if a specific product is carried at a particular retailer, it is best to call them directly to ensure it is in stock.
07. Do you process nuts in your facility?
Arvinda’s production facility does not process nuts however we cannot guarantee that spices used in Arvinda's have not come into contact with nuts during harvesting and packaging.
08. Can I buy Arvinda’s spice blends in bulk for my restaurant?
Yes you can! If you are a chef, caterer or food business owner, please inquire about Arvinda’s spice blends sold in bulk quantities for foodservice. Our foodservice orders are made-to-order ensuring you get the freshest Indian spices blends available and can be customised to suit your heat level.
09. Does Arvinda’s line contain any preservatives?
Arvinda’s do not contain any additives, preservatives or oils.
10. I am interested in Arvinda's cookbook, can you please tell me more about it?
Arvinda's Home Indian Cooking cookbook is a collection of over 65 homestyle Indian recipes using Arvinda's spice blends. It makes for a wonderful gift idea paired with a couple of tins of Arvinda's masalas! For wholesale inquiries, please send us an email or buy online.
11. I am interested in attending one of Arvinda's Indian cooking classes. Can you please tell me about them?
Currently, Arvinda and Preena Chauhan teach their Indian cooking classes in Toronto and Oakville. If you would like to experience one of their cooking classes, please visit their cooking class website here. Gift certificates for Arvinda's cooking classes are available as well - makes a great gift for the Indian food lover!
01. Where are the cooking classes held?
Cooking classes are held at Nella Cucina in Toronto.
02. What is your refund policy?
Upon registration of a class, in the event you are unable to attend a class for any reason, we will gladly offer you a credit towards a future class given we have at least 48 hours notification you cannot attend. The credit can be used at any time and can only be used towards cooking classes. If you cannot attend a cooking class, with less than 48 hours notice you may send someone in your place to attend the class, as no credit will be offered. Please review your shopping cart carefully before registering for a class to ensure you are able to make attend the dates you are booking for.
03. I’ve paid for a cooking class, but I cannot attend. Can I come to another class?
As long as we are notified at least 48 hours in advance of the class, you are welcome to join another class. Please be in touch by email to transfer your registration.
04. If I cannot attend a class, can I send someone in my place?
Yes, in any circumstance if you cannot attend, you are welcome to send someone in your place. Please notify us of the change.
05. Are the classes hands-on cooking?
Most of our classes include a hands-on component. The class is a combination of demonstration-style and interactive with participation.
06. What are your dietary accommodations?
We are easily able to accommodate vegetarians in many of non-vegetarian classes (e.g. Butter Chicken class), where we will use tofu or paneer as a substitute. Please let us know in advance of your registration to confirm.
07. How can I confirm if I’m registered in a class?
Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation. One week prior to the class we will send out an email to confirm your registration. If you have not received our email, please be in touch to confirm your attendance.
08. Are gift certificates available for a cooking classes?
Yes! Gift certificates are available for a specific cooking class. Simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can arrange a gift certificate for you. **Gift certificates have no cash value and can only be used for the requested cooking class.**