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Few weeks back I got a request from a newly wedded girl to help her by giving Indian monthly grocery items list for a small family of 2 to 4 persons (monthly shopping list for Indian family, maligai saman list in Tamil, Kirana list in Hindi). So I have given basic grocery items list in both PDF and Excel format as free download. Excel sheet is free to download. You don't have to request permission for downloading. Just make a copy of it and edit as required. You can use this checklist for your monthly shopping and grocery purchase. When I read that mail, I had a flashback of my life. When I was newly married, I was in a joint family with my in-laws. My lovable MIL used to take care of kitchen works and my ever caring FIL did all the household chores like monthly provision shopping ,vegetables, paying bills etc. Myself and Sendhil just spent most of our time in office and we had no worries about our households. But after 4 years, when I was left alone in the kitchen, I somehow managed to cook but I did not have any idea of how much quantity of rice and other groceries to purchase for one month. I kept forgetting one or the other ingredients. I used to run to a nearby provisional store after keeping the kadai on flame. Sendhil used to scold me a lot. When I told this to my mom, she helped me by sharing this list & told to follow this list every time I go for monthly purchase. I also referred here for more specifications. I do have a picture of my mom's list in my mobile. It was very helpful for me to decide and buy the correct quantity of monthly groceries in a wholesale shop & then I altered the list based on our usage and availability. Every month you may not need to buy all these items. My mom has been following list this since my childhood. I still remember, she used to give this list to a departmental store nearby my house and they do home delivery. Nowadays in India most of the apartments are in city outskirts. So we go out once or twice in a month to buy groceries and if we don’t follow a list,we have to buy from the stores available in our apartment premises.No matter how costly it is,we are forced to buy there. To avoid all these ,its better to make a list and follow it. To help newly married girls, bachelors and for the ladies who are in short of memory like me,i have shared a list in excel format which you can download it as a pdf or  xls sheet by clicking the link.

The quantity I have given would come for 1-2 months for a pucca South Indian family. North Indians, please reduce the quantity of rice and increase wheat flour. Bachelors, do reduce the quantity by half.  Do follow this list for the first month and based on your need & usage, you can alter it. I have also shared some images for the  checklist separately. U can save it in your mobile and cross check the ingredients while you purchase. I hope this list would be useful to you all. Do leave a message if u feel I had left anything important. I will include it. Also leave your feedback in the comment section if this list helps you. I would be more happy to know it. Thanks. Please click on the image below to view the excel sheet and the text below for downloadable PDF.


Click this link to make a copy of the grocery list in Excel format

If you are a non-google user, Please click THIS LINK .

Click this link to view my Kitchen Utensils & appliances list 

Click this link for Appliances list with brand recommendations.

Indian grocery list excel

My mom always starts the list with turmeric powder, sugar &  jaggery sentimentally. So I too follow the same .

I have shared the complete grocery list below. You can copy paste them in your PC. I have also given separate images for groceries, Pooja items, Toiletries and miscellaneous items. Right click and save the respective images based on your need. In addition, I have shared the list in Excel sheet as well. You can make a copy of it and edit it using google sheets app. Here I have given the quantity of rice more than wheat as I had focussed South indians. North indians, please exchange the quantities of rice and wheat as per your requirement.



  1. Turmeric powder - 100 gms
  2. Sugar - 1 kg
  3. Jaggery - 1/2 kg
  4. Idli rice/Boiled rice/Salem rice - 5-7 kgs
  5. Steamed rice or Raw rice/Sona masoori - 5-7 kgs
  6. High quality raw rice for Pongal - 1 kg
  7. Dosa rice ( optional) - 2 kgs
  8. Basmati rice - 1 to 2 kgs
  9. Brown rice(optional) - 1 kgs
  10. Pressed rice / Poha(thick or thin) -1 kgs
  11. Wheat flour - 2 kgs (North Indians, please increase atta to 5 kgs and reduce rice)
  12. Maida - 1/2 kg (For cakes and snacks)
  13. Ragi flour - 1 kg
  14. Millets varieties & oats - 1/2 kg each
  15. Rice flour - 1/2 kg
  16. Besan flour - 1/2 kg
  17. Bombay Rava/ Semolina or Chiroti rava - 1 kg
  18. Vermicelli / Semiya - 1 packet big
  19. Instant rice sevai -1 big packet
  20. Sago/Javvarisi - 1/2 kg
  21. Tamarind - 1/2 kg
  22. Red chilli - 1/4 kg


  1. Toor dal - 1 kg
  2. Round urad dal - 2 kgs
  3. Yellow moong dal - 1 kg
  4. Chana dal - 1/2 kg
  5. Split urad dal - 1/2 kg
  6. Rajma, peas, brown/white chana, green gram dal, Peanuts - 1/4 kg each
  7. Fried gram dal / Pottukadalai - 1/4 kg
  8. Horsegram , flax seeds - If needed


  1. Crystal salt - 1 kg
  2. Powder salt - 1 kg
  3. Red chilli powder - 1/4 kg
  4. Dhania powder - 1/4 kg
  5. Garam masala powder - 100 gms
  6. Chat masala powder - 1 packet small
  7. Aamchoor powder - 50 gms
  8. Cumin powder - 50 gms
  9. Pepper powder - 50 gms
  10. Sambar powder, Rasam powder, Vatha kuzhambu powder - If needed
  11. Biryani masala powder or curry masala powder - Small packet
  12. Idli powder / Gun powder - 1 packet ( If needed)
  13. Readymade powders like garlic powder, pav bhaji masala, chana masala etc
  14. Instant coffee powder - 100 gms
  15. Tea powder - 100 gms
  16. ENO fruit salt - 2 packets (For rava idli, dhokla)
  17. Yeast - 1 small box ( For making aapam, bread)
  18. Cooking soda / Baking soda - 1 packet small
  19. Baking powder - 1 packet


  1. Cooking oil - 1- 2 lts
  2. Gingely oil/Sesame oil - 1 - 2 lts
  3. Coconut oil - 1/2 lt
  4. Ghee or butter - 1/2 kg
  5. Olive oil - 1/2 liter
  6. Deepam oil - If needed ( For lamp)


  1. Mustard seeds - 150 gms
  2. Pepper - 100 gms
  3. Cumin seeds/jeera - 100 gms
  4. Poppy seeds/Khus khus - 100 gms
  5. Coriander seeds/Dhania - 200 gms
  6. Fennel seeds - 50 gms
  7. Dry ginger piece or powder - 50 gms
  8. Black or white sesame seeds - 50 gms
  9. Split urad dal - 100 gms ( For seasoning)
  10. Ajwain / omam - 50 gms
  11. Hing/Asafetida - 1 box (Big)
  12. Cardamom/Elakki - 25 gms
  13. Cashew nuts - 50 gms
  14. Raisins - 50 gms
  15. Badam or other nuts - 50 gms
  16. Peanuts - 100 gms
  17. Dates ( optional) - 100 gms
  18. Cinnamon - 1 packet
  19. Cloves - 1 small packet
  20. Kalpasi/black stone flower & marati moggu - 1 small packet
  21. Biryani spices packet - 1 no
  22. Vanilla essence - 1 small bottle


  1. Papad - 1 big packet
  2. Cocoa powder - 100 gms
  3. Health drinks(horlicks,complan etc) - 1/2 kg each
  4. Noodles -1 packet
  5. Pasta - 200 gms
  6. Macaroni - 200 gms
  7. Sphagetti(optional) - 1 box
  8. Tomato Ketchup / Sauce - 1 bottle
  9. Jam - 1 bottle 
  10. Mayonaisse - 1 bottle
  11. Pizza sauce/ Pasta sauce - 1 bottle
  12. Organic Honey - 1 small bottle
  13. Bread Packet - 1 to 2 nos


  1. Cheese slices - 1 packet
  2. Cheese block - 1 no
  3. Butter - 1/2 kg
  4. Curd / Flavored yogurt - If needed
  5. Fresh cream - 1 packet
  6. Paneer / cottage cheese - 2 packs


  1. Tooth paste - 200 gms
  2. Tooth brush - 2 nos ( one time purchase)
  3. Bathing soap - 3 nos
  4. Shampoo/Hair conditioner - 1 big bottle
  5. Face powder - 1 box
  6. Hand sanitizer - 1 bottle
  7. Deodarant - 1 or 2 nos
  8. Body lotion - 1 no
  9. Kajal/Kum kum/stickers - 1 no
  10. Shaving lotion - 1 no
  11. Shaving cream - 1 no
  12. Hair gel - 1 no
  13. Razer blades -1 packet big
  14. Baby products - as needed


  1. Dish washing soaps or liquids - 2 nos/1 bottle
  2. Dish washing powder - 1/2 kg
  3. Washing powder - 1 kg
  4. Washing soaps - 5 nos
  5. Toilet cleaner / bleaching powder - 1 bottle
  6. Floor cleaner - 1 bottle
  7. Kitchen cleaner - 1 bottle
  8. Sanitary pads - 1 packet
  9. Toilet paper - 1 bundle
  10. Kitchen tissue - 1 bunch
  11. Garbage bags - 2 rolls
  12. Car cleaner/Car refreshner - 1 no
  13. Dettol - 1 bottle
  14. Mosquito liquid - 2 nos
  15. Odonil - 2 nos
  16. Napthalene balls - 1 packet
  17. Rubber band - 1 packet


  1. Match box - 1 bunch ( 10 nos)
  2. Deepa oil - 1 ltr
  3. Cotton thread - 1 packet
  4. Camphor - 1 small box
  5. Incense sticks - 1 big box
  6. Dhoop - 1 box
  7. Rock candy or dry grapes for neivedyam - 1/4 kg


  1. Medicines/bandages
  2. Light bulbs
  3. Batteries
  4. Candles
  5. Snacks


  1. Ready made rice mix
  2. Sambar powder
  3. Rasam powder
  4. Garlic powder / poondu podi
  5. Idli podi / Gun powder
  6. Ginger,Garlic paste
  7. Tamarind paste
  8. Ready to eat products
  9. Vathakuzhambu powder
  10. Idli, dosa batter
  11. Bread packet
  12. Cereals

Monthly grocery list for 2 persons - Indian

Monthly grocery list for 2 persons - Indian Indian Monthly A-Z grocery list for 2 persons..
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Grocery
Serves: 4 people ( For 2 adults + 2 kids)
Prep time: 15 Minutes
Cook time: -
Total time: 15 Minutes

Indian monthly Grocery shopping List


Please give credit for this blog if you are using these images elsewhere. Thanks for understanding. Click this link to download the grocery list in Excel format. IT IS FREE TO DOWNLOAD. You don't have to send any access request / permission to edit via email. This list is open for all. It is not private. Its free to use. Make a copy of the sheet and follow the instructions to edit if required.  After opening this excel sheet, click"FILE" and click "Save a copy " OR "Download as PDF" Option and save the sheet in your drive from your desktop. Then you can edit the list as per your needs.  If you are using mobile, please make a copy of the sheet, edit in Google sheets mobile app. If you are a non-google user, Please click THIS LINK .

Click this link to view my Kitchen Utensils & appliances list 

Please use the above link and download the PDF/ Excel sheet. 

Grocery list 1

Grocery list 2

Grocery list 3

Grocery list 4


Grocery list 6

Hope you find this post useful.Please leave a message in the comment box if I have left anything important in the list.Thanks !

A reader's tip for cleaning hacks from comment section: Instead of buying all the chemicals to clean especially if you have children around, get some white vinegar and sodium bicarbonate and use some lime juice, trust me the whole housing cleaning would be taken care without nastiness of the cleaning products we buy from shops. Eventually you would save money as well. 
Thanks Manaswini for sharing the above tip :)


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  1. chitra,

    very useful information. Thanks for sharing.

  2. It's very useful ...tks for posting

    1. Very useful information. Pls also mention rates

  3. Really this is so useful one sis

  4. good job dear.. very useful one. Now I have to compare with my list :)

  5. Wow!Really useful for newly married brides .Good and thoughtful attempt to feature in your blog.

  6. vewry very nice dear Chitra you have done so well in fact so nice you have shared this. sometimes we really ignore this thing while going grocery store// you have done so symmetrically

  7. I just checked each and every item on the excel sheet.I am glad I am spot on except for few items here and there . I remember carrying one such list when we moved soon after marriage.Awesome job Chitra. Ages since I saw Mysore sandal soap:)

    1. Thanks Meena Kumar.If u can mention the items left in the sheet,it would be helpful for me update it :)

  8. Oh such a fantastic list for newly married ..Def going to the nearby shop is less these days we will be in outskirts and dont get the ingredients we want ..

  9. Chanceillai....Very useful list....

  10. kalkittinga chitra...very useful post

  11. Very nice and useful post. Hatsoff to your effort.

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  12. Thank You very much. Very helpful for my daughter's science project.

  13. Hi chitra, I m Sindhu from Odisha . I love ur cooking. It's simple n elegant. The grocery list is meticulous n clear. It really helped me the missed items from ur list. Thanku ..

  14. Hey.. Super list sister.. I just started my journey with my wife at new place.. I just copied ur list and making all things ready before my wife comes .. to surprise her.. ur list helped a lot... You are greatttttt.. Tats it..

  15. Thanks sister.. I just started my journey with my wife at new place... I just copied your list and making everything ready before she comes here.. I will give "buildup" as my knowledge... shhhhh... don't tell to my wife... thanks you so much.. And, last but not the least.. you list is so awesome... Thaaaanks...

    1. Thank u so much sir.Iam glad it helped u.Don't worry, i won't tell your wife 😀 Hope she will like this list 😀

  16. I am returning home after three months at mom's post delivery. This list will help me organise my kitchen and simplify life while taking care of my three month old.

    1. Thank u.Iam glad this list helps you :)

    2. Thank u.Iam glad this list helps you :)

  17. super duper list .at age 65 yrs i have to start manging kitchen .

  18. this is the right and easy way for shopping. you get discount on your shopping bill. this is good information..

  19. Good one chitra... very nice...

  20. Its really great post chitra.I find online grocery coupons at Grofers coupons at Grabon India. And you can also find many more coupons, offers and deals on online grocery store at Grabon India.

  21. Good things to grow with.. Chitrasfoodbook is one its kind.. Hats off..


  23. Thanks a lot for sharing..a well thought out list!!!!

  24. Thank you sister it's very useful for me

  25. Thank you!! It's very useful for me.

  26. Very Nice Article!! Thanks for sharing. If one want to shop this online, OfferO Offer provides free Online Grocery Shopping Coupons

  27. Chithra thank you for your list. You saved my time. Great work.
    god bless you.once again thank you dear.

  28. Very nice post. It helps a lot for middle class. I usually shop groceries from Grocery Coupons

  29. Thankyou Chitra. Very extensive list.

  30. Thank you very much. This is very useful to all. God bless you.

  31. This one is amazing. Thanks a lot for sharing :)

  32. Nice article! Helpful tips for all. Due to lack of time i most probably purchase groceries online. I prefer for best discounts and offers.

  33. really it's helpful thank you so much

  34. This list solved my problem, instead breaking my brains as to buy what under each category.
    Brilliant list!!!
    Amazing job!!!

  35. Really very useful, thank you sooo much!

  36. It's good and make a list with budget for month so that newly buyer can manage there budget

  37. It's good and make a list with budget for month so that newly buyer can manage there budget

  38. Excellent. Very useful list. Thanks a lot.

  39. Excellent. Very useful list. Thanks a lot.

  40. It’s a classic great for me to see this list, it offers helpful suggestions.
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  41. Thanks a lot sissy ..gonna shift to you a new separate home ..really useful info :) (y)

  42. Good Job. Helpful list! You can buy them online at Bigbasket and save Upto 50% Of you cost using fabpromocodes Coupons. Click here to checkout

  43. Please inculd Garlic in the list

    1. Garlic comes under vegetables. So i have not included it.

  44. Thanks for sharing this grocery list. I took a printout of this grocery list and ordered all items on grofers This came very handy :)

  45. Nowadays online shopping becoming more popular and convenient one for the people. Because of its comfort and many offers and deals, people prefer online shopping.
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  46. Thank for sharing. It is very useful.
    By the way, I want to share my article: Xmeye

  47. Very nice list Chitra 😊👍🏻 I think you have missed pottu kadalai which is a must for chutney.

    1. Yes, i missed it. Thanks for the mention :)

  48. Please share me hotel required product

  49. Ooo.. great for ur kind information... u r great.. u have been saying thanks to every one from more than 2 years....

  50. Grocery at online is so affordable. However, a long distance has to cover as buying Grocery online is still not so much renowned in India.

  51. Online grocery shopping is very affordable and also saves manual efforts.
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  52. Yes, Nowadays everyone needs grocery products daily, So creating list is good stuff, But if you want to buy grocery online in india you can visit grofers coupon code today for Fruits, vegetables, Food & much more.

  53. Thank you so much for much . This is very very useful for all of us. Thank u . U have made my work easy.

  54. Dear Chitra Mam, Thank you so much for making mylife so easy. God bless you

  55. Dear Chitra Mam, Thank you so much for making all our life so easy by providing the ready made list of groceries. God bless you!!

  56. Nice post

  57. That's a unique way of identifying the needs and I just loved the way you represented it. Mainly in every home making a list of required GROCERY is a big task. You made it pretty easy for many out there. I shop online for GROCERY every month as it takes most of my time to shop manually I select the required and will order online using GROCERY Coupons. I select this coupon from different stores, recently I used a site called klaimy for coupons to order home needs. It worked well, you can also try :)

  58. Contains almost everything for grocery.Next time i will take this excel sheet with me to the grocery shop for an reference.
    Thanx for sharing such a nice Blog. yahoo support

  59. Great article. Now a days every one purchase monthly grocery's from online because of, online stores offering huge discounts on grocery's and free home delivery. i used to purchase grocery's from big basket by using Bigbasket coupons


  60. Coincidently meet this post when watching TV. Keep posting very interesting post like that!

  61. I think jam and honey should be included

  62. Hi Chithra,
    Hats off to you dear!! Amazing job. Appreciate your insight and attention to detail. It really helps one to do shopping properly. Well done.
    Appreciate for your time to thank everyone.

    But just want to my opinion about the cleaning hacks. You don't need all that chemicals to clean especially if you have children around. But some white vinegar and sodium bicarbonate and use some lime juice, trust me the whole housing cleaning would be taken care without nastiness of the cleaning products we buy from shops. Eventually you would save money as well.
    Take care. God bless you to be a blessing for many.

    1. Hello Manaswini, Thanks a lot for your sweet words and blessings :) Thanks for your suggestion regarding cleaning hacks. Hope all the readers landing on this page would find this tip useful. I will add this point in the post as well. Thanks !

  63. No worries!! Thank you again for taking time to answer. It's one way of living naturally.
    Again kudos to you my lady. Have never seen such detailed blog.

    Way to go!!!👍🙏

  64. Amazing list, i am also leaving in tirupati with my brother.. this list surely gonna help. BTW why don't you include items like rice cooker and induction cooktop as one time purchases. one can check the lowest price in nayashopi

  65. Amazing post.Thanks for sharing among us.

  66. Nice list. Thanks for taking the time out. Don't know if i missed, but include Shoe polish. If you can extend the list for a small family, please include stationery (pencils etc).

    Reminds me of a local grocery shop which used to provide a printed grocery list in which we just need to fill the quantity and give it back to him for packing.

    1. Thank you. I din't include stationaries and shoe polish as its a mandatory monthly purchase in all the houses. We can edit this list based on our demands.

  67. hi
    can you provide me all the list of grocery in excel
    if possible then provide with prize also.

    1. Hello,
      I have shared the link to download excel format. Please click it. Sorry, Prize keeps changing. So I cannot mention.

  68. Hi
    meku challa thanks chepali nenu ,bcz entha munchi information share cheysinandhuku one of the toughest job 100*100 tqs and please share the excell sheet and finally THANK YOU,

    1. Thank you. I have given the link inside the post for downloading the excel sheet. Please click that link and download in your mobile or PC.

  69. Thank you so much, married since 6 year and mother of two boys but still I forget many things though I go shopping myself.much needed. God bless you.

    1. Welcome.Glad to know this list helped you :)

  70. Thanks for the editable list. My wife told me to make list of monthly groceries and this list has realy done the job. Thank you very much.

  71. Thanks for the editable list. My wife told me to prepare a list for monthly groceries and this has done the job for me. Thanks.

  72. Welcome. Glad this list helps you :=)

  73. Hello Mam, I searching another in google. Just i open this link Indian Grocery List. In this line hope you find this post useful its not hope mam its a compulsory one in our day to day life. It's really good think mam for spend ur time to create the "INDIAN GROCERY LIST"👌💯

  74. I really like the appliance list with brand recommendations. I downloaded it and used as well.


  75. Awesome list and very useful to any household.

  76. Such a knowledge full article. Infact it is so helpful. thanks for sharing and looking forward to see such piece of articles.

  77. खुप छान माहिती दिली आहे, मी पहिल्यांदाच यादी करण्यासाठी घेतली आणि मी खुप गोंधळून गेले की काय काय लिहावं ते,पण खरंच तुम्ही दिलेल्या माहिती मुळे मला खुप मोठी मदत झाली. काही गोष्टी सोडल्या तर सगळेच आहे या यादी मध्ये.....

    Thanks for everything 🙏

  78. very usefull thank you so much

  79. kya useful jankari h mam thank you so much. you are psoting daily post and this is really great motivation for me...

  80. Dear Chitra,very easy for my monthly list..u can add rubber band, bleaching powder,may be useful for some people

  81. Very useful. Meticulously written. I think you hv left out oats n cereals

  82. In 2019.. Thanks so much.. we all need these lists once we're married. We don't care when we're at our mom's place and then we realize there's so much to do once we're married. Especially when you have an incompetent MIL like mine who's of no help. Your list will help me leaps and bounds. Kudos

  83. Awesome mam, and i need home appliance, kitchen utensils, bcoz we planned to move somw home, so help panunga, antha items add pannunga

    1. Thank you. I have made a seperate post for Kitchen appliances and vessels list. Please check it.

  84. Hi ma'am, could please help to prepare the same list along with Kannada names, as we are not familiar with English names of all items.

  85. Thank you for sharing this list, and it is very useful who want to open new grocery shop.

    appreciate your hard work.

    Rashid Mohammed

  86. Awesome you have done my job simple to list down.

  87. Amazing list , I always forget to write one or other thing in my grocery list , but your list is awesome 👍👍

  88. Really itz very useful for newly married couple to list out all necessary household items without any confusion☺️ thanks


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