of the common food items that students carry are:
- Tea leaves
- Dhania powder
- Red chilly powder
- Instant masalas like garam masala, chana masala, pav bhaji masala, sambhar
- Different dals in small quantity for initial use.
- Asafoetida powder (Heeng)
- Indian instant coffee + Indian tea (it takes time to get used to the
- Elaichi, clove, cinnamon, curry leaves; if you know where to use them
- Pickles, if you have enthu, but preferably get sealed bottles or packets
with branded lables
Bring approx. 1-2 month supply of masalas.
Most Indian foodstuffs are available in
Indian stores. Don't come loaded with foodstuffs as you may
have problem with customs. Now a days they open sealed
packets and sometimes spill the contents on rest of the
luggage. So get only the bare minimum. Try to get "instant"
stuff, as people don't have much time for cooking in the US.
on whether you guys plan to cook alone or with your housemates, since most
people don't get time to cook daily, food is generally prepared for two days
at a go - so keep this in mind when you buy vessels, etc. Don't buy small
sized kadhai or pressure cooker. You may share these things with
other people whom you would be sharing your apartment with. Typical stuff
you may want is:
- Plates 4-5
- Glasses 4-5
- Cups and bowls 4-5s
Serving spoons 3-4
- Kadhai medium size
cooker - 5 liters
- Cooker containers and spares (rings and valves)
- Non-stick frying pan with spatula
- Tongs and knives
- Cutting board for vegetables
- 2-3 pateela’s that fit into each other and that preferably have
Try to get 'Microwave safe' materials
for plates, cups and bowls like glass, ceramic, certain
plastics. Metals and bakelite for example can't be used in a
If you want to buy utensils from US, atleast get a
Pressure Cooker and a Kadhai. You may not
find these in the stores here.