A family business run by Anila and Dan Vaghela from Walton-on-Thames, Anila’s sauces are based on a traditional family recipe, made from the freshest ingredients in small batches. They are free from artificial colours, additives and preservatives, and are sugar, dairy and gluten free.
Anila has been adding authentic Indian flavours to the Wallington Farmers’ Market since its start in 1999. Her range of sauces, pickles, dips and chutneys are all developed by her, made from fresh ingredients and have won multiple Great Taste Awards and Free From Awards. At the colourful stall she often sells homemade samosas as well.
Anila started her business small by selling her homemade sauces to her colleagues and at craft fairs. She has cooked all her life and began by helping her mother, grandmother and great grandmother prepare family dinners and dishes for celebrations and festivals. She became very efficient at cooking when working full time and raising her two children. Family and friends were always impressed how quick she was at preparing tasty Indian meals and it was the preparation of her sauces that were key to this. When she started bottling her sauces she saw opportunities to sell them and when she was made redundant from her job as PA in 1997 she founded the business, which has been growing ever since.
Anila has never compromised on flavour and her sauces are authentic and true to what she believes in – not adapting to what is known as Indian food in the UK. Naming the sauces has been a process of trial and error as ‘mild’ doesn’t mean the same to everyone. The friendly staff at the stall, usually her husband or another family member, are helpful in recommending the different varieties matching customers’ preferences and in explaining how to prepare them. What is also unique about the sauces is the range of awards they have won: vegan and free from sugar, dairy, onion and garlic, making them suitable for a wide audience. Anila travels frequently to India to get inspiration for new sauces.
Selling at markets helped their customer base grow and at its busiest they were selling at 28 different markets. Over the years she has expanded her sales to over 500 stockists in the UK and they are exporting too. Anila has a loyal customer base and is now benefitting from a growing online market and also offers cookery classes.
Anila takes orders which can be collected from the market: https://anilassauces.com