Chutney business adds spice to life

Roshni has turned her love of cooking into her own chutney business.

Roshni has turned her love of cooking into her own chutney business.

By Roshni Kashyap

I am Roshni and I like to be called Rosh. That’s why my business is called Rosh’s Chutneys. I am 23 years old and they say I have Down’s Syndrome, but that does not get ME down. With the support of my family, I make and sell chutney.

What is chutney? I call it a sauce with a twist and I make it in three varieties: sweet, mild, and hot. Chutney is a sauce recipe from India, where I am from. I make my chutneys from my own recipes and I use cranberries from here in B.C. Cranberries are very healthy and delicious. My chutney can be used as a sauce with meat and with vegetables and as a spread or dip and in other ways too. If you go to my website, www.roshschutneys.com, you can learn more.

I enjoy selling my chutneys. I display them by having a stall and talking to people in different communities and selling to them. This October, I had a stall at the Cranberry Festival in Fort Langley. That was a huge festival! I also had a stall at the 100 Braid Studio in New Westminster. This was in August 2015 and I was part of the Culture Crawl. Recently, I sold my chutneys at the Down Syndrome Research Foundation conference in Vancouver. I live in Coquitlam and I like going to different places and meeting people at my stall.

I am doing what I love, cooking! I have loved cooking since I was very young. I use skills I learned from my parents and my sister and from taking the Food Services program at Vancouver Community College. I wasn’t happy with the job I got after the program because it was really only cleaning in a restaurant. Then my family and I discovered how good I was at making chutney, and then we formed my business, Rosh’s Chutneys. I love making chutney!

I do presentations in the community for people like teachers and I promote the mission statement of my business: “To provide meaningful employment to others with special abilities.” Rosh’s Chutneys is a company with a good idea: with a little support we can all go a long way. I believe that, and I want to let other people know about doing what you love and having a business.

  • Share
  • Watch on Youtube
  • Follow on Flickr
  • Share on Facebook
  • Follow on Twitter
  • Follow