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Let’s face it, finding good curry in Brooklyn can be as arduous as spotting a N.O.W. supporter at a Republican convention.

But Clinton Hill resident Maya Kaimal has given curry lovers a welcome break. In October, Kaimal, whose book, "Curried Favors," (Abbeville Press, 1996) won the Julia Child first book award, introduced her three product line of all-natural, preservative free, vegetarian "simmer sauces.

Kaimal uses a northern Indian recipe for her mild Tikka Masala, delicately scented with cinnamon and cloves. Coconut Curry is a southern Indian preparation flavored with coconut milk, ginger and mustard seed that sets the mouth glowing with pleasant heat. The third is Vindaloo, a spicy and tart combination from the Western coast that, when warmed, fills the kitchen with the aroma of tomatoes and ginger. The Vindaloo is intensely flavored, but not gulp-the-water hot.

All of the sauces come in 15-ounce plastic tubs and must be refrigerated after opening. They retail for approximately $5.50.

Look for the Maya Kaimal Fine Foods label in the two Karrot stores in Clinton Hill [see story], and Garden of Eden [180 Montague St. at Court Street, (718) 222-1515] and Sahadi Importing [187 Atlantic Ave. at Clinton Street, (718) 624-4550] in Brooklyn Heights. In Park Slope, Kaimal’s sauces are available in Pumpkin’s Organic Market [1302 Eighth Ave. at 12th Street, (718) 499-8539], Blue Apron [814 Union St. at Seventh Avenue, (718) 230-3180], Bierkraft [191 Fifth Ave. at Berkeley Place, (718) 230-7600] and Back to the Land [142 Seventh Ave. at Carroll Street, (718) 768-5654].

For information regarding Kaimal’s products, contact her at mail@mayakaimal.com.

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