Indian Grocery List Rich Aromas Mixed with Spices

We Indians proudly have a rich food heritage, celebrated for our unique but diverse cuisines, flavorful curries, and vibrant colors that mirror our cultural diversity. The secret of our meals lies in the distinctive taste and flavor embedded in each dish, which is achieved through a blend of aromatic spices.

Sustaining this food identity requires a consistent and plentiful supply of these spices every month to ensure our meals maintain the renowned essence they are known for. However, many individuals struggle to formulate the ideal monthly shopping list. For that purpose, I have made a list aimed at simplifying the shopping experience for those seeking to preserve the authenticity of Indian cuisine.

The idea of making this list of grocery items came to my mind because i often forgot some products when goining out on a grocery shopping. This list of grocery items will surely provide you clarity and guidance, choosing the right ingredients to make favorite hot and spicy Indian dishes. Because india is the worlds biggest producer of spices producing 75 out of 109 spices listed by the International Organization for Standardization. So it is wise to make a list of all these ingridients instead of forgeting them while shopping.

Before diving into my monthly grocery shopping list, it’s important to note that this checklist is made for my monthly shopping routine. Specifically tailored for Indian-style cooking, these kitchen essentials lay the foundation for tremendous Indian cuisine. If you are living abroad, fear not, as most of these items should be available at your local Indian grocery store, connecting you to the flavors of home.

It’s worth noting that the quantities specified in the list are designed to accommodate the needs of 5 individuals. Should your household consist of more or fewer members, feel free to make adjustments accordingly. Unlike this list, the upcoming Master grocery checklist won’t include specified quantities, allowing you the flexibility to tailor it to your family’s unique size and preferences.

Bakery Items For Indian Grocery List

First on my list come the bakery items. Including bakery products in my monthly Indian grocery list depends on my preferences and dietary habits. While our traditional meals revolve around staples like rice, wheat, lentils, and a vast range of spices, bakery products can complement your Indian grocery list. Here are some common bakery items that you might consider adding based on personal preferences and usage:

Bread

Bread is now an essential part of grocery as nowadays sandwiches and toast are quite common. Bread is also being used in several dishes as a side item. So for my monthly usage, I buy five packets of large bread.

Roti/Chapati

Now the days are gone when ladies used to make fresh chapatis with flour. Now families prefer to buy some ready-made chapatis so that it can be used when you are getting late for office. So for that purpose, I bought 3 packets of ready-made chapatis each containing 10.

Buns and Rolls

For burgers, sandwiches, or as a snack, you might want to include buns or rolls. Mostly my purchase of buns and rolls varies every month and I buy accordingly.

Pita Bread/Naan

These bread varieties are excellent for Indian curries and can add a touch of variety to your meals. I add two packets of Naan for occasional use in food.

Cookies and Biscuits

What kind of Indian house where tea is not being made at least a day? It’s my habit to have some biscuits added to my tea time. So I buy them according to my needs.

Cakes and Pastries

Keeping in mind the number of guests we have monthly, buying pastries is necessary for me, but you can skip it according to your preference.

It’s important to note that while bakery products can enhance your culinary experience, moderation is key, especially if you’re aiming for a balanced and wholesome diet. Additionally, consider your storage capacity and the shelf life of bakery items to avoid wastage. Ultimately, tailor your monthly Indian grocery list to suit your family’s preferences and dietary requirements.

Rice

As Indians we eat rice almost every day, whether it be Biryani, Pulao, or boiled rice with either fish or curry, rice is an integral part of kitchen groceries every month. On average, our household tends to consume around 300-400 grams of rice per meal for five family members. Formulating this daily consumption to a monthly scale, we typically go through approximately 5 to 6 kilograms of rice each month.

To add an element of variety to our meals, we opt for different types of rice based on our eating habits and needs. So in a single month, we buy a variety that can last for two months, keeping in mind we have everything in store for the whole month. For a country like India guests for almost a week are quite common. And what type of hospitality is that if we don’t make rice for our guests? I tend to buy different types of rice for different dishes so every food has its taste. This dynamic approach to buying rice allows for flexibility, adapting our stock to the changing needs and occasions that influence our monthly meal plans.

Basmati Rice

Basmati Rice is Known for its long grains and aroma, Basmati rice is a routine in many Indian households. It’s ideal for biryanis, pulaos, and special occasion dishes. I tend to keep 4 kg of Basmati rice in my grocery.

Sona Masoori Rice

A medium-grain rice variety, Sona Masoori is popular in South Indian cuisine. It’s versatile and can be used for everyday meals like plain rice, khichdi, or idlis. So keeping in view about its monthly usage I tend to buy 3 kg of this variety.

Jeera Rice

Flavored with cumin seeds (jeera), this rice variety is commonly coupled with Indian curries. It adds a fragrant touch to your meals. We use it less so I just buy 1 kg to keep it maintained.

Brown Rice

A healthier alternative, brown rice retains its bran layer, offering more fiber and nutrients. It can be used in various dishes as a nutritious option. We are not so much in fitness so just for an option I buy ½ kg.

Parboiled Rice

Also known as “Ukda Chawal” or “idli rice,” parboiled rice is commonly used in South Indian dishes like idlis and dosas. We are a South Indian food lover family so we buy the healthier amount of 4 kg of this variety.

Ponni Rice

Another popular South Indian variety, Ponni rice, is known for its medium grains. It’s often used in dishes like lemon rice or tamarind rice. We only buy ½ kg to keep it according to usage.

Jasmine Rice

Though not native to India, jasmine rice is favored in some regions for its fragrant aroma. It pairs well with certain Indian and Southeast Asian dishes. I tend to buy around 1kg to keep its supplies.

Red Rice

Rich in antioxidants, red rice has a nutty flavor and is a healthy option. It’s used in various regional dishes and can be combined with white rice for a unique blend. For its uniqueness, I just bought 1 kg.

Ambemohar Rice

Popular in Maharashtra, Ambemohar rice is known for its aroma. It’s often used in festive dishes and sweets. Its supplies vary from month to month usage.

Kala Namak Rice

A black salt-infused rice variety, Kala Namak rice is used in certain traditional recipes, especially in parts of North India. So to keep its supplies I buy ½ kg each month.

When creating your monthly Indian grocery list, consider the types of dishes you frequently prepare, regional influences, and your family’s preferences. Having a mix of long-grain, medium-grain, and specialty rice varieties ensures you have the right type for different culinary occasions.

Grains and Flour

Chickpea Flour (Besan)

Besan is a staple in Indian kitchens and is used for making dishes like pakoras, sev, and various sweets. So keeping in mind I buy 2 kgs each month.

All-Purpose Flour (Maida)

While not the healthiest option, all-purpose flour is commonly used for making Indian sweets, fried snacks, and some bread. So as a traditional Indian family, we use approximately 3.5 kgs each month.

Rice Flour

Rice flour is used in various regional dishes, including dosa batter, snacks, and desserts. To keep it available all month I buy around 2 kgs every month.

Semolina (Sooji/Rava)

Sooji or Rava is used for making Upma, halwa, and various Indian sweets. 2 kg of Sooji is enough for our monthly use.

Whole Wheat Flour (Atta)

Whole wheat flour is the base for making chapatis, and rotis. 15 kg is our monthly use of Whole wheat flour.

Multigrain Flour

Pre-made multigrain flours, combining various grains, provide a convenient and nutritious option. We use approximately 4 kg.

Coconut Flour

Coconut flour, made from dried coconut meat, can be used in certain regional sweets and gluten-free recipes. We use occasionally 1 kg of it monthly.

Tailor your choices based on the types of dishes you prepare, dietary preferences, and regional influences in your cooking. Having a diverse selection of grains and flours ensures you can create a wide range of nutritious and delicious meals.

Spices(Purchase only once every 3 month)

Creating a well-stocked spice pantry is essential for preparing flavorful and authentic Indian dishes. Here’s a list of commonly used spices in Indian cuisine that you might consider including in your monthly Indian grocery list.

  • Cumin Seeds (Jeera)
    • Used in tempering, spice blends, and various dishes. My purchase of jeera is 300gms.
  • Coriander Seeds (Dhania)
    • Essential for spice blends, curry powders, and as a whole spice. My consumption of Dhania is 350 grams.
  • Mustard Seeds (Rai)
    • Used for tempering in many regional cuisines. I usually buy 250 grams every 3 months.
  • Fenugreek Seeds (Methi)
    • Adds a slightly bitter flavor and is often used in spice blends. According to my needs, we require 150 grams every three months.
  • Red Chilli Powder
    • 500 grams is enough for our three-month usage.
  • Salt
    • 2 kg of fine salt is enough for our usage.
  • Turmeric Powder
    • 400 grams is enough.
  • Baking Soda
    • 50 grams of it is ok.
  • Dry Ginger
    • 50 Gram
  • Dry Garlic
    • 50 gram
  • Cloves (Laung)
    • Used in biryanis, spice blends, and desserts. Our 3-month consumption lies somewhere between 250-300 grams.
  • Cinnamon Sticks (Dalchini)
    • Adds a warm and sweet flavor to many dishes. 100 grams is enough for our needs.
  • Black Peppercorns (Kali Mirch)
    • Used for seasoning and spice blends. 300 grams is our 3-month usage.
  • Cardamom (Green and Black)
  • Nutmeg (Jaiphal) and Mace (Javitri)
  • Star Anise (Chakriphool)
  • Bay Leaves (Tej Patta)
  • Asafoetida (Hing)

Ensure you store these spices in a cool, dark place to maintain their freshness and flavor. Adjust quantities based on your family’s spice preferences and the types of dishes you frequently prepare.

Coffee and Tea

Tea

  • Black Tea
  • Green Tea
  • Masala Chai
  • Herbal Teas
  • Earl Grey
  • Oolong Tea
  • White Tea
  • Tulsi Tea
  • Iced Tea

Coffee

  • Instant Coffee
  • Ground Coffee
  • Coffee Beans
  • Decaffeinated Coffee
  • Filter Coffee Powder
  • Cold Brew Coffee
  • Coffee Pods/Capsules
  • Flavored Coffee Syrups
  • Chicory Coffee
  • Turkish Coffee

Dal (Lentils)

Lentils, or dal, are a staple in Indian cuisine and provide an excellent source of protein and essential nutrients. Including a variety of lentils in your monthly Indian grocery list ensures versatility in your meals. Here are some commonly used lentils in Indian cooking:

Whole Lentils

  • Green Lentils (Sabut Moong Dal)
    • 1 kg every month.
  • Black Lentils (Sabut Urad Dal)
    • 1 kg every month.
  • Brown Lentils (Sabut Masoor Dal)
    • 1 kg each month
  • Red Lentils (Sabut Masoor Dal)
    • 500 grams each month.

Split Lentils

  • Yellow Split Lentils (Toor/Tur Dal)
    • 500 grams or sometimes 1 kg.
  • Split Red Lentils (Masoor Dal)
    • 250 grams.
  • Split Green Lentils (Moong Dal)
    • 500 grams.
  • Split Black Lentils (Urad Dal)
    • 500 grams.

Specialty Lentils

  • Chickpea Lentils (Chana Dal)
    • 1 kg
  • Black Eyed Peas (Lobia)
    • 1 kg
  • Horse Gram (Kulthi Dal)
    • 250 grams.
  • Moth Lentils (Matki)
    • 500 grams.

When planning your monthly Indian grocery list, consider the types of dal dishes you frequently prepare and your family’s preferences. Lentils are a versatile ingredient, and having a variety on hand allows you to create a range of delicious and nutritious meals. Adjust quantities based on your family’s consumption habits.

Breakfast, Pasta Noodles and Snacks

Creating a well-rounded monthly Indian grocery list involves considering a variety of staples, including pasta, noodles, breakfast items, and snacks. Here’s a list to help you cover these categories:

Pasta and Noodles

  • Durum Wheat Pasta
    • Penne, spaghetti, fusilli, or any preferred shape for versatile pasta dishes.
  • Instant Noodles
    • A quick and convenient option for a fast meal or snack. 10-12 packets are enough for monthly usage
  • Rice Noodles
    • Used in various Asian dishes like stir-fries and soups.
  • Vermicelli
    • Thin pasta is often used in Indian dishes like Upma or Kheer.
  • Whole Wheat Pasta
    • A healthier alternative to traditional pasta, suitable for various dishes.

Breakfast Items

  • Oats
    • Quick oats, rolled oats, or steel-cut oats for a healthy breakfast option.
  • Cereal
    • Choose whole-grain options with added nutrients.
  • Poha (Flattened Rice)
    • Used to make a quick and light breakfast dish.
  • Idli/Dosa Batter
    • Pre-made batter for preparing South Indian breakfast staples.
  • Bread
    • Whole wheat or multigrain bread for toast, sandwiches, or quick snacks.
  • Muesli
    • A mix of oats, nuts, seeds, and dried fruits for a nutritious breakfast.
  • Semolina (Sooji/Rava)
    • Used for making Upma, halwa, or other breakfast dishes.

Snacks

  • Chips and Namkeen
    • Include a variety of savory snacks for munching.
  • Nuts and Seeds
    • Almonds, cashews, walnuts, and seeds for a healthy snack.
  • Biscuits and Cookies
    • Choose whole grain or multigrain options for a slightly healthier choice.
  • Popcorn
    • A whole-grain snack that can be a healthier alternative.
  • Granola Bars
    • Convenient for on-the-go snacking.
  • Instant Mixes
    • Ready-to-cook mixes for items like dhokla, dosa, or pancakes.
  • Noodles Masala Mix
    • For enhancing the flavor of homemade noodles or pasta.
  • Chutneys and Dips
    • Have a variety of chutneys and dips for easy pairing with snacks.

Remember to balance convenience with nutritional value when selecting snacks and breakfast items. Adjust quantities based on your family’s preferences and consumption habits.

Cooking Oils

  • Mustard Oil
    • 1 kg mustard oil for frying purposes.
  • Ghee
    • 1 kg ghee for parathas.
  • Sunflower Oil
    • 5 kg
  • Olive Oil
    • 500ml

Frozen Foods

Including a variety of frozen foods in your monthly Indian grocery list can provide convenience while ensuring a mix of options for different meals. Here are some frozen food items commonly used in Indian households

Frozen Vegetables

  • Mixed Vegetables
    • A blend of peas, carrots, beans, and corn for conventional Indian dishes like mixed vegetables. My consumption is around 2 kg of mixed veg.
  • Green Peas
  • Spinach (Palak)
  • Okra (Bhindi)
  • Cauliflower Florets

Frozen Parathas and Rotis

  • Plain Parathas
    • Quick to heat and serve as a side dish or a quick meal so keeping around 10-15 of this is sufficient.
  • Stuffed Parathas

Frozen Snacks

  • Samosas
    • 2 packets of samosas bundle.
  • Spring Rolls
  • Pakoras

Frozen Desserts

  • Ice Cream
  • Frozen Gulab Jamun

Frozen Pizza

  • Frozen Pizza
    • 2-3 frozen pizzas for kids.

Frozen Fruits

  • Mixed Berries
  • Mango Pulp

When purchasing frozen foods, check for added preservatives and choose options with minimal processing. Keep an eye on the expiry dates and storage instructions. Adjust quantities based on your family’s preferences and dietary needs.

Cleaning Supplies

Maintaining a well-stocked set of cleaning supplies is essential for keeping your home tidy and hygienic. Here’s a list of cleaning supplies you might consider including in your monthly Indian grocery list:

General Cleaning Supplies

  • All-Purpose Cleaner
    • 1 bottle of 500ml is enough for a whole month.
  • Surface Disinfectant Spray
    • According to the season usually 500ml is enough for a whole month.
  • Broom and Dustpan
    • According to needs.
  • Mop and Bucket
  • Cleaning Cloths
  • Sponges
    • 3 pieces of sponges for the kitchen
  • Trash Bags
    • 1 Roller of 30 bags.

Bathroom Cleaning Supplies

  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner (1 liter of cleaner is enough).
  • Bathroom Cleaner (1 liter is our monthly need).
  • Tile and Grout Cleaner (500ml)
  • Glass Cleaner (500ml)

Kitchen Cleaning Supplies

  • Dishwashing Liquid (250ml bottle)
  • Dishwasher Tablets/Powder
  • Sink Cleaner (To keep kitchen sinks clean and free from odors we use 100ml monthly).
  • Oven Cleaner (For periodic deep cleaning of ovens, 100ml is enough).

Laundry Supplies

  • Laundry Detergent (According to family size and clothing routine, we use 2 kg detergent).
  • Fabric Softener (Optional for softer clothes and pleasant fragrance we keep 500gm).
  • Stain Remover

Miscellaneous Cleaning Supplies

  • Air Fresheners
    • To keep your home smelling fresh we buy 2 bottles of 250ml fresheners.
  • Dusting Spray
    • For polished surfaces and furniture 250ml of dusting spray is enough.
  • Gloves
    • To protect your hands during cleaning 1 pack of 2 gloves I enough.
  • Garbage Disposal Cleaner
    • If applicable, to maintain a clean disposal system I keep 100ml every month
  • Mildew and Mold Remover
    • Especially useful in humid climates or damp areas.

Consider the size of your home and your cleaning habits when determining the quantities of these supplies. Regularly declutter and organize your cleaning supplies to ensure you have what you need when you need it.

Disposables

When it comes to disposable items in our monthly Indian grocery list, I consider a variety of products that enhance convenience and make daily tasks easier. Here are some disposable types you may want to include:

Kitchen and Dining

  • Paper Towels (1 large packet of paper towel is useful for cleaning spills and general kitchen cleanup).
  • Disposable Plates, Cups and Bowls (ideal for picnic and parties, I tend to buy according to any festivity).

Food Storage

  • Plastic Wrap
    • Useful for covering food items in the refrigerator. We might buy a roll every two or three months.
  • Aluminum Foil
    • For wrapping and storing food occasionally one medium foil roll is enough.
  • Ziploc Bags

Personal Care

  • Disposable Razors:
    For personal grooming according to the needs.
  • Tissues and Napkins:
    Remember to balance the use of disposable items with sustainable practices. Consider eco-friendly options, especially for products like plates, cutlery, and personal care items. Additionally, be mindful of waste management and recycling practices to minimize environmental impact. Adjust quantities based on your household needs and preferences.

Hence with these vast amount of products an effective inventory managment system becomes crucial.

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Conclusion

We gave you a list of Indian grocery items to help make your supermarket shopping easier. Use this list for your next grocery trip. It includes lots of things like personal care items, cleaning stuff, cleansers, and important foods. It’s a handy guide for your shopping needs.

If you are getting dificulty in finding the closet grocery store then read our article on How to navigate to closet grocery store. But if you are a shopkeeper and feels dificulty in managing all these products then read our article on A Comprehensive Guide To Grocery Store Inventory Management.
If you nee any kind of help or have a suggestion for us, do let us know in the comments so that we can add anything missing in the list.

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