Our vision at ATINA FOODS is to produce and share holistic food based on traditional knowledge systems using local produce when available. We follow the sacred wisdom of the ancients, that food is medicine and medicine is food. Atina Foods began in 2015 by married team, Carrie Dashow and Suresh Pillai, in Catskill, New York. In a span of three years they have successfully developed and marketed their uniquely delicious products to both food connoisseurs and novices alike. Proudly making simple dishes complex and amazingly delicious with added health to boost, on plates throughout New York and beyond!
Our recipes are evolved from Suresh's traditional upbringing in Kerala, South India, ancestral home of Ayurvedic health practices and a place where one considers food as medicine eating for health is a practiced custom. Cooking with his family and travel through out the diaspora and beyond have found their way to our new local land of Catskill, New York. Combining produce from the country of origin with local and home grown material, we look for the most health beneficial combinations from there to here, as Ayurveda not only means what we can get far away, but that the restorative elements are in one's present habitat. Watched over by ATINA, the Corn Goddess of the Mohicans, whose mountain feet we sit at, we are guided in this discovering.
Ayurvedic Condiments -
Our line of condiments are designed to bring out the best taste in food, helping you to Eat The Food That's Good For You! Using whole spices, whole roots, fruits and herbs (nothing we use is pre processed) our condiments are broken up into two categories (plus a few anomalies) Either preserved in Jaggery Indian Sugar, we call these Herbal Jams, or lacto-fermented with salt (no vinegar, no water) and special spice combinations, filled with probiotics, we call these Pickles or Ferments..
Each condiment has a carefully considered beneficial combinations and handcrafted to balance 6 basic tastes classified in Ayurveda as Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter, Pungent (hot) and Astringent (earthy / fermented), to generate a unique complexity of taste.
Herbal Jams are made in the style of an Ayurvedic Leyham, which translates to mean ‘herbal jam’. Leyham’s are Indian wellness condiments. Our Herbal Jams use an alchemy of known ancient blends to bring out the best flavor and regeneration to the body, mind, and taste palate, each with its own specific benefit, tastiness and pairing. We follow the traditional method of making Lehyams; preserving a remedy in Jaggery (unrefined raw cane sugar from India), to assure retention of the potency of the herbs and spices while complimenting in taste!
Our Ferments, are made traditionally, using salt, with no vinegar or water. We let the vegetable ferment itself, using sunlight and Time as key ingredients in helping this to happen. We are constantly experimenting with new combinations of homegrown and local vegetables and herbs to make original ferments with our own spice combinations. While a few of our tried and true ferments are in our line of products, we also make additional seasonal ferments, only available near us a markets and festivals and our luncheon pickle table!
Food in Ayurveda is meant to generate Agni Deepti (Fire of brilliance) to the Jataragni (Fire inside the stomach), this is the preliminary process of digestion before food is converted into nutrition and energy. The practice of making food, is to bring out the potency of the materials used in the food to give the body and mind a nourishing experience through taste. It is important that food tastes great and is made up of healthy whole (not processed) ingredients, optimizing the nutritious and delicious benefits.
Our product range presently consists of shelf stable jarred foods, supplemented with snacks and other edibles. With an interest in sharing the basics of these healthful practices, we have begun cooking lessons and host regular local family style luncheons at our Outdoor Kitchen on our property when the season abides. See our calendar for updates
ATINA is the legendary Corn Goddess of the Mohicans, whose land we live on. Please visit this beautiful story about her.
Today you can find us at Local Markets, Pop up Dinners, hosting Workshops or come visit us at ATINA EMPORIUM in Catskill on some Sundays in the summer, where we have our jars, luncheons, workshops and events! Check out our calendar! Our retail locations are listed on our shop registry and we are here, online.
Who Are We
Carrie and Suresh are the team that runs Atina Foods and Emporium. They met in a cyclone and have been continuing the tradition ever since in their new found native homeland of Upstate, New York. From their small property speckled with gardens and birds while they watch the wall of Manitou, otherwise known as the start of the Catskill Mountain range, watched over by ATINA, Corn Goddess of the Mohicans.
With a background as a performance, media and visual artist, Carrie has taught arts and media to students of all ages and continues to produce performance and participatory artworks. You can see some of her projects on her website.
Suresh hails from Kerala, South India, homeland to the traditional practices of Ayurveda. As a consummate cultural practitioner, he has been engaged in numerous projects from building community museums to making films. He learned to cook traditional foods at a young age from the women in his household and has traveled extensively, picking up methods of making great tastes along the way.
From our respectfully Jewish and Hindu beginnings, we do believe that all our food tastes great on Dosas, Rice, and Bagels with Cream Cheese!
Past Events with ATINA
Have an idea for the Outdoor Emporium, want us to do a workshop, want to help out, drop us a line!