India – Kialla Pure Foods

India

Due to a surge of interest in chickpea products we were caught short this year as our farmers didn’t grow enough of the desi variety of chickpea which is popular for snacks and besan flour. Then a very dry summer growing season has exacerbated the shortage. As a consequence, this year we’ve had to source more organic chickpeas from the homeland of chickpeas – India.

The desi chickpeas are grown by about 37 different farmers around the Anjangaon region in Maharashtra state. Farmers in the area have been farming this crop for many years. In most cases the entire family works in some way or other on the farm and they live in houses in small villages nearby to the farms. This is quite different to Australia where the vast size of farms and the distance between towns means farmers often live many kilometres from the nearest town.

The organic farmers in India are rooted in traditional farming methods which were being used long before the “green revolution” of the 1950s and 1960s introduced chemicals and artificial fertilisers. This area has been cultivated perhaps for thousands of years. As a consequence they have a good knowledge base and the resources to sustain their organic practices.

Desi chickpeas are grown in dry areas. Crops are sown in October and harvested in April. The dry climate means only one crop is grown in a year.

While all organic grains are traceable back to the individual for reasons of organic auditing, the chickpeas from these farmers all get combined at the processing site. There the chickpeas are split open to make what is known as chana dal. Our order is then graded, packaged and shipped to us. The company maintains records of grain sources but they don’t keep them in the way that we have set things up to enable the Plate2Farm tracker, and without a great deal of paper work they couldn’t tell us specifically which of the farmers grew the shipment of chickpeas we received.

We can tell you that India complies with the international codes for organic produce and all grains the company sends to us are certified organic strictly quality controlled.

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  • Pernille Berg Larsen, Baking Teacher & Author

    I always get the best result using your Organic Rye flour!

  • Cherie W., Home Baker

    I never make a bad loaf of bread now, since changing over to Kialla flour… I can’t get over the superior quality of your product. I have bought some for everyone in my family.

  • Pauline Mirabelli from Simply Honest Foods

    We’ve found that Kialla popcorn is the best – it pops so much better than other popcorns, and it tastes great. Our kids love it.

  • Mrs Ergül of Mrs Ergül's Delish Treats

    I truly like the transparency and traceability that Kialla Pure Foods offers. I’m actually able to see which farm grew the wheat milled into my 10kg bag of flour. This really sealed the deal for me. And I feel that Kialla sets themselves apart in this sense.

  • Rebecca Laughery, Consumer

    We’ve tried several other pancake mixes but nothing comes close to yours!

  • Lisa, owner & baker at Sweet Tooth Noosa

    Of all the brands of flour I have used Kialla is by far the BEST!

  • Meredith J. Home Baker

    Kialla is the best flour I’ve ever used – and that includes some great US flours. Please keep milling forever!!

  • Jacqui Mead, Consumer

    We’ve been using Kialla’s products for approximately seven years now, making the change to Organic Spelt Flour following the discovery that my son had a wheat and dairy intolerance. I have found that our whole family’s health has improved.

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