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My latest Obsession : Organic food

Reading and discussing about Organic food is the first half of a story whereas actually buying , tasting , appreciating and getting addicted to Organic food is the second and most exciting part of the story.

I came across Organic food some 7 years ago and accidentally came across a store selling Organic food  in Hyderabad about 4 yrs ago, for the first time in the form of ‘Natures  Basket’.

Having read about the benefits of  Organic food , I walk into the store and find that all the veggies and fruits were shrivelled and the quantity was very less. I was excited about buying a lot of stuff  but was disappointed . Bought some other groceries like dals .The store was far from home and hence was conveniently forgotten .

Come 2016 and I suddenly start searching the net for other Organic food stores in Hyderabad. Was glad to see that a lot of stores were open. Read about Organic Bazaars at Saptaparni , Lamakaan, Hyderabad Goes Green, Sristi Naturals, Sacred space  etc.

Visited the Monthly bazaar at Saptaparni, Banjara Hills and loved the atmosphere and variety of products. Veggies, fruits, Dals, cold pressed oils, mud vessels, honey, millets, handicrafts, hand made jewelry, jute bags, soaps (vegan), shampoos and many other items are available.They do appear fresh and look good too. I was happy but then the doubting mind starts questioning whether the products are genuine . They are expensive too, almost double the price of the regular stuff.

I did buy a few veggies hesitantly and found that they did taste good .

I continued reading about the other stores.

Landed at Lamakaan , Banjara Hills on anothet Sunday. They had similar stuff like in Saptaparni. Saw lots of people buying stuff and carrying big bags full of groceries. My confidence levels on the authenticity of the wares increased. I bought many more veggies during this visit. I also bought a few varieties of dals , tamarind and a hair shampoo bar.

I usually end up throwing away a few veggies in the refrigerator once in a while but this time I made sure not a single vegetable was wasted. I wouldn’t allow my cook to do the cooking and I would prepare the curries myself 🙂 . I wanted to wash , cut , smell and taste the expensive veggies myself .

I liked the taste and flavors.

Lamakaan and Saptaparni are far from home and I wanted to visit more often but was unable to.

I had joined a group ‘Organic Meetup’ on FB, sometime ago.

A few days back I saw a post with the address of an Organic food store closer to where i live. It is named ‘Goodseeds’ . I wanted to go there the next minute. Went there directly from work and entered this neat little store with several packets and veggies placed on the shelves on the walls.I spent some time looking at each one of them.Though the atmosphere is incomparable to the lively atmosphere at  Saptaparni and Lamakaan , I was pleased with the items that are available here.There were a few veggies and I was told that new stock will arrive the next day.
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I pick up a few veggies , virgin coconut oil , millet ravva , chia seeds and apples.

I am back the next day and pick up cinnamon and more veggies.

I no longer want to buy groceries at the regular supermarkets. I am thoroughly enjoying the taste and flavor of Organic food.

I am now addicted to Organic food!!

The lady managing this store added my phone number to her whatsapp group and sent a msg as soon as new stock arrived.

I was her first customer to buy from the new stock :)))

This was the grocery haul.
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My experience till now with Organic food :

For the first time in three decades I tasted original  Shimla apples which crispy and have a sweet fragrance unlike other imported ones that have flooded the market.

For the first time in decades I was able to taste authentic cinnamon that is sweet. Memories flashed from childhood days when I would love to chew a small piece of cinnamon while mom was cooking and had placed a few pieces on the kitchen counter. These were very neat and clean too.

My morning ginger + cinnamon tea now tastes very sweet and I need not add honey to it .

Been ages since I smelled the typical sour flavour of dosakaaya (cucumber) while it was being cooked.

I like the shampoo bar too. It is vegan and made of soap nuts and vegetable oils.

I finally started cooking with cold pressed coconut oil and the curries are yummy. I plan to prepare Avial one of these days 🙂 .

While I buy the groceries I have a nice chat with the lovely lady as to how and where they source the groceries, the quality checks , home delivery , organic manure etc

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Groceries haul from Bigbasket this morning

Veggies

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Veggies are neatly packed in plastic pouches or wrapped in plastic paper.

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Quality of the veggies is very good. Would be expensive compared to the prices at the local market but the convenience is what matters.

I love to buy groceries at shanties or farmers markets or rythu bazaars . I like to walk around and look for rare veggies , to check out which vendor has the best quality of each vegetable, but there are occasions when I have to avoid the dusty environment at such places.
This is when BB comes to my rescue.
There was a time not very long ago when I would go to the supermarket almost every alternate day, the driver gets some goods which are required urgently, sometimes hubby has to get groceries and my son too goes once on a while.
Now all of us can relax . The three of us take turns and check the items on the BB website and place the order.
The goods are delivered at a time that is convenient to us.
Once the goods are received , we check the quality and if  unsatisfied the packet can be returned and the balance amount is paid.

Thanks Bigbasket, for making my life easier.


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Bigbasket.com

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Ratnadeep has been a favourite place for buying groceries for almost last 7 yrs. The first one we shopped at was in Hitech city. A new and bigger store opened in Kondapur and I moved to the new place.
Ratnadeep opened another store in Madinaguda last year and every alternate day I end up at this store on the way back from office. Was beginning to feel sick of going there so often that I decided to shop online at Bigbasket.com
Was apprehensive about ordering veggies but I wanted to give it a try.
Received my order this morning and found that all the veggies were fresh ,of good quality and packed neatly.

There is an option to select the date and time of delivery on the website. Payment can be made by cash , once we are satisfied with the stuff.
Orders above Rs1000 will be delivered free.

Most of the routine stuff can be ordered via this website.
Hope to do this more often so I can reduce my trips to Ratnadeep 🙂

Learnt from the delivery boy that these folks are operating from a godown in Balanagar.