The story behind Mama's Masalas ®
When my oldest son moved to Dallas, Texas, he found it difficult to find food that tasted like home. When he tried cooking the same meals on his own, he struggled to find the right spices. Not only that, but the cooking process itself was time-consuming and complicated. My children experienced Pakistani culture largely through food, and my son's move left him without any reminders of his culture and his mother's home cooking.
And then, one day, he asked if I could make a spice blend and mail it to him. So I did, and with that, Mama's Masalas ® was born.
Well, sort of ...
As a real estate broker by trade for almost two decades, I was baffled with starting a food business. But my sons reminded me that before I was ever a real estate broker, I was a mother to them - I had all of the experience I needed.
Mama's Masalas ® was created by a mother who loves her children. Each spice pack is made to capture the essence of Pakistani home-cooking, just as my children experienced it growing up. Whether you miss home or want to experience a new culture, Mama's Masalas ® will bring out the chef in you regardless of your cooking ability. If my sons can do it, so can you!
Within thirty minutes or less, you can have a home-cooked meal, just like I used to make for my kids.
All MM seasonings are 100% guaranteed to be organic, non-GMO, and vegan.
No sugar, No additives, No preservatives, Nothing artificial EVER!
Mama's Masalas ® is a little taste of a lot of love.
I’m Shabana Faryal, an entrepreneur, real estate broker, philanthropist and an unshakable optimist dedicated to helping my children to become the best person they can be.
Most moms' lives revolve around their kids, and I am no different. My children's happiness has always been my main goal in life. It is in striving for this goal that I was inspired to create Mama's Masalas.
Wajih Mirza is The Chief Operations Officer at Mama's Masalas. He is responsible for strategically leading the management of acquiring, storing, and managing all of Mama's Masalas' food products. Working closely with the CEO and leading the operations team, the COO is the driving force behind the critical role of all food and manufacturing facility-related aspects of the company.
Wajih identifies and successfully manages the organization's needs to execute Mama's Masalas operations and capital priorities. He rolls-up his sleeves, dives-in, and produces results utilizing the existing infrastructure to meet current operations goals while making time to grow the overall effectiveness and depth of the company's efforts strategically.
He provides excellent management and leadership to the operations team and serves as a critical member of its executive team. He helps the CEO with raw material imports, international customs issues, local logistics, and facility code compliance.
When Wajih isn't working, he loves to watch football, occasionally binge-watches new shows on Netflix with his wife, and enjoys speaking to his three sons every day on the phone.
Tabassum Jafri is the Head of Quality Control at Mama's Masalas. As an overseer of quality, she ensures that Mama's Masalas' products meet industry standards and government regulations. In addition to being the Head of Quality Control, Tabassum works closely with the Founder/CEO, Shabana Faryal, to create unique flavor profiles for new seasonings, and even has a hand in developing testing procedures for new product releases.
While Tabassum has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Political Science, her true passion lies in cooking and learning about new cuisines. She has more than 20 years of experience cooking different world cuisines, including Pakistani, Indian, Chinese, Mediterranean, and Italian, to name a few. Years ago, Tabassum owned and managed a catering company in the Middle East. After arriving in the United States, she worked as a full-time chef at a Pakistani/Mediterranean restaurant in Georgia.
As a tender-hearted wife, Tabassum faithfully lives by the motto, "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach." Once she married a man who truly appreciated her cooking skills and mastery with several cuisines, she realized this couldn't be more true.
When she's not in the kitchen, as a mother of two, she helps her children to understand what the American Dream is and how it can be achieved by education, determination, and grit.
Brenda Sweeny, Head of B2B Training and Director of Business Development for New England. She reaches out to small/family-owned restaurants and specialty markets to deliver quality sales relationships as well as Mama’s Masalas’ amazing products. Brenda also empowers, motivates, and trains sales agents to ensure customer service is top-notch across the board.
Before joining Mama's Masalas family, Brenda has been building her skills as a salesperson. She has an abundance of experience in the field. She has seen and done it all, from being a sales rep to sales trainer/manager. Brenda not only understands the needs of a business but, more importantly, the needs of her customers.
Brenda is a mom of two beautiful children. Outside of work, her passions are her family, and secondly, she also enjoys anything that will bring her closer to nature, live music, and discover fantastic food.
Toria Mirza is Creative Director for Mama’s Masalas. She is passionate about leveraging photography to create brands with social media presence, and has been creative director for all photography done for the Mama’s Masalas brand. She is a registered Nurse in the state of Texas. In addition to her passion for photography, Toria is an avid dog trainer and enjoys recreational agility with her two dogs, Finn and Logan.
Roxanne Ocon is the Chief of Staff / Director of IT at Mama's Masalas. She supports the Founder/CEO and staff with day-to-day business operations. More specifically, she assists the team with digital marketing, website development, and optimization.
Before committing to a full-time job at Mama's Masalas, Roxanne received a Bachelor's degree in Information Technology. After going to college, she was trained by The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) in the Philippines, where she earned a digital marketing certificate. Upon certificate completion, she was awarded one of the program's highest distinctions, DICT recognized her as an Outstanding Digital Professional.
As a warmhearted mother and daughter, you can find Roxanne caring for her 2-year old son and managing a family-owned business selling popular Filipino snacks in General Santos City, Philippines.
Janelle Adams is the HR and Social Media Manager at Mama's Masalas. Having a cross-functional position, she is responsible for writing and editing blogs and product descriptions, identifying and editing needed graphics and videos for the company, managing all social media channels, and assisting in product line development.
Being a native of Georgia and a lover of the metro-Atlanta area, she naturally chose to study in-state. While at Kennesaw State University, Janelle joined the Kennesaw Marketing Association (KMA), which allowed her to form marketing-focused connections and attend networking events in the region. In May 2020, she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management.
Having an acute eye for design and a need to build, Janelle often creates digital art on Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, and practices constructing computer-based models on Rhinoceros 3D.
Chitra has been in the sales and marketing fields for over 19 years. She is passionate about her work as well as her family. Chitra is looking to expand Mama's Masalas market into Canada. She has a niche for building relationships and believes in customer experience.
In the past, when she's worked with other companies, she has led
companies' Marketing and Sales Operations, Branding, Public Relations, Sales Management, Customer Service, Business Development, Partnership Marketing, Strategic Relationships, and Commercial and Retail Marketing.
Chitra loves to cook a variety of foods for her family and friends. She believes that food has a special way of bringing everyone together. Aside from that, over the years, she's been involved in various community charities and is always wanting to give back to others.
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, but I currently call Tallahassee, Florida home. I went to school at Columbus State Community College for Computer Programming. I have been in Sales for 30 years and love working with people. I am also a mom to my 16-year-old son, who keeps me busy. I enjoy cooking, going to the beach, and college football.
I have always had a passion for health and helping people achieve their goals. I completed my bachelor's degree in kinesiology from the University of Alabama. While attending university, I began my career in personal training. During that time, I learned the value of client needs and doing whatever I could to service those needs.
After moving into a sales position, I carried those lessons with me and continue to do whatever I can to meet the customer's needs. I approach every customer with honesty, integrity, and, most importantly, their needs over anything else. I love meeting with new customers and being able to help them and their businesses succeed.
I am still heavily involved in the fitness world. I am a competitive powerlifter at the professional level and love to travel across the country to compete. Outside of lifting weights, I love to experience new foods. I am incredibly excited to be working with Mama's Masalas.
I was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as an only child with a single mother. After graduating high school, I became one of the first members of my family to attend college at Ball State University for a Major in Biology and Education-Psychology. After completing school, I moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, where I worked in healthcare doing counseling and social work for approximately five years.
My purpose in life is to empower other people and help them succeed; whether that be a child or an adult, the goal remains the same. Adapted to personal needs, my programs and techniques are built as a foundation for students and parents to gain footholds.
I like to approach life Holistically. When we think of the word “Holistic,” we typically think of “healthier” ways to live that are all-natural. These ways of living are not always so simplistic, and thus, are not always healthier. When we add that to an individual’s “lifestyle,” we begin to steer away from the traditional values of “healthy” living such as making appointments with doctors, taking prescribed medications, going on fad diets, and more. Adding “Holistic” to your “Lifestyle” does not give you health, and it certainly does not mean you drop everything that has been traditionally taught or engrained in your upbringing. It merely adds to your life, and you must take that knowledge responsibly. Every BODY is different, and you need to listen to yours!
I am the Sales Manager for Clayton county. I have been a stay at home mom for 7 years, starting with just 2 kids and now dealing with a total of four rambunctious kids. I have my own business in the beauty industry and I just have an interest in family-oriented careers. I obtained an Associates degree in Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Human Services. I do like to float around to different areas of the business to leave a legacy for my kids. While also managing a full-time job as a fraud analyst I am excited to be a part of the Mama Masalas team because I enjoy cooking and trying different recipes from different countries and I would love to share with everyone my love of the smells and taste and the joy of trying different recipes.