Indian Grocery List

Here’s a master shopping list for Indian ingredients. The items highlighted in bold type are the must-haves. The others are meant mostly for diehard Indian food enthusiasts who plan to cook lots of Indian food a lot of the time.
If you don’t live near an Indian grocery store, you can find a lot of the items from online vendors, including Amazon. For United States residents, the website Thokalath has a handy Indian grocery store locator.

GRAINS:

Basmati Rice
Brown Basmati Rice
Cracked Wheat
Flattened Rice (Poha)
Puffed Rice (Kurmura)
Rava (Cream of Wheat, Sooji)
Whole-Wheat Durum Flour (for chapatis, pooris and other Indian flatbreads)
Millet Flour
Besan or Chickpea Flour

LEGUMES:

Tuvar Dal (pigeon peas)
Chana Dal
Urad Dal
Moong Dal
Masoor Dal
Rajma (red kidney beans)
Chickpeas or chole or garbanzo beans
Matki (tiny little brown beans)
Whole Moong Beans
Chawli (Black-eyed Peas)
Whole Masoor
Peanuts
Vaal (field beans)
Vaal Dal (skin-off)

SPICES:

Red Chili Powder
Paprika
Turmeric Powder
Black Mustard Seeds
Cumin Seeds
Coriander Seeds
Fennel Seeds (saunf)
Ajwain or Carom Seeds
Kalonji or Onion Seeds
Poppy Seeds
Fenugreek Seeds
Sesame Seeds
Saffron
Cardamom pods (green)
Cardamom pods (brown)
Cloves
Cinnamon
Nutmeg
Mace
Black Pepper
Bay Leaves
Whole Red Chillies
Asafoetida or Hing (Not strictly a spice, but it gets clubbed in here because it’s used like one)

READYMADE POWDERED SPICES:

Garam Masala
Biryani Masala
Pav Bhaji Masala
Sambar Powder
Rasam Powder

OILS:

Unflavored vegetable oil, like canola or peanut oil

Sesame oil
Coconut oil
Mustard oil

MISC.:

Jaggery (an unrefined Indian sugar that’s perfect for Indian sweets)
Tamarind, pulp or pods
Poppadums or papads (rice or lentil crackers that can be zapped in a microwave in an instant to provide a crackly, delicious accompaniment for meals)
Golden raisins
Cashews
Pistachios
Coconut milk
Alphonso Mango Pulp

Kasoori Methi (dry methi leaves)

FRESH AND FROZEN ITEMS:

Curry Leaves
Coriander Leaves
Mint Leaves
Shredded Coconut
Green Chillies

Comments

  1. Tamara says

    yet?T
    Thank you for your wonderful recipes. please let me know if you ever publish them in a book as I would love to buy a copy.
    Regards from Tamara

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