This is a useful list for foodies who are new to Hyderabad, like I was a year ago. Whether you are relocating from abroad or from another city in India, you may want to know where certain ingredients, equipment will be available, so you feel at home immediately. Most of the stores I have listed are the ones close to where I live and hence visited frequently. If you have been living here for longer than I have, and have your own little secret places where you find lesser known ingredients or stuff that is not easily found elsewhere, please be kind enough to leave a comment, so it will benefit the others.
I will keep updating this list as and when I find something new to share, so please bookmark this if you are a foodie in Hyderabad.
Vegetables and Fruits
Fennel, mushrooms, dried mushrooms, fresh herbs, red and yellow bell peppers, broccoli, zucchini etc.
Hypercity - Inorbit Mall
Ratnadeep - Srinagar Colony / Madhapur (Somewhat expensive compared to others but good quality)
Tarkari for fresh exotic vegetable and fresh herbs
Athira reports that as of now QMart on Road 2, Banjara Hills is selling frozen blueberries and raspberries.
Organic Groceries, spices, food products
24 Letter Mantra -
Seeds for Chillies and some other seasonal vegetables available at Spar, Begumpet
Homemade noodles and soy sauce
They make these fresh in their house and sell noodles by the kilo - minimum 1/2 kg
They supply to many local Chinese restaurants, the taste of freshly made noodles is something else. If you are in the vicinity, you must pick up a batch.
Moifa Chinese Ladies Parlour
8-2-326/a Road No. 3, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad
Local Green Leafy Vegetables
They are freshest at your neighbourhood cart vendor
Basil, Thyme and Rosemary, good quality almost always available at Spar, Begumpet
Those of you looking to grow Thai Basil / Basil at home, you can find saplings at Namdhari Fresh, Bangalore and they are quite light to lug along in your hand baggage.
Fresh Lemongrass - Spar or Ruci Idoni. If you happen to find some with root-hairs, pick those up and keep in a glass jar filled with water for a week or so, until the roots start growing, after which if you stick them in good soil, they will keep growing without much trouble. Perfect to cut small bits for your tea or Thai curries
Organic dried lemongrass (big pack) is available for Rs.50 at Namdhari Fresh, Bangalore and these stay for a long time. Next time you are in Bglr, get a pack and it will keep you company for a few months.
Dried Herbs - Fabindia outlets / Keya brand of spices available in most supermarkets
Almost every imported food item/ ingredient
Q Mart - Road no.2, Banjara Hills, near Thai Express - but be prepared to shell out the big bucks
Ruci & Idoni, Road no.10, Opposite Rainbow Children's Hospital, Banjara Hills
Special spices like Sweet Paprika, Fleur de sel and such - Waitrose shelf of Hypercity (Inorbit Mall, Cyberabad)
The softest and best looking ones with fruits / vegetables on them (Made in Italy, I think) are sometimes available at the Little League / Ole store on Road no.3, Banjara Hills for Rs.100 a piece. Perfect gift for a foodie-friend.
Baking Equipment, Cooking Chocolate, Chocolate Chips, Moulds, Pans, Parchment Paper, Muffin liners, Fancy paper, Paper bags etc.
Adilaxmi Enterprises, Road 12, Banjara Hills, Next to Familia Hospital, Phone- 040 66633608
Sri Venkateswara Agencies, Near Jagannath Swami Temple, General Bazaar, Secundrabad, Phone- 040 66483608/ 66573608
Both these stores are sister concerns and between them, cover almost everything you would need for baking, chocolate making and cake decoration in Hyderabad
Good looking food storage jars in glass and good quality plastic / Steel and also stainless steel pans for cooking
Home Store (Lifestyle group store)
Reliance Living (Road 12 Banjara Hills / Begumpet)
Marks and Spencer (M&S), Inorbit Mall, Cyberabad
If you are relocating to Hyderabad from abroad, you may want to get back select few things which may not be freely available here, or cost a bomb.
If you have kind readers / relatives or friends coming from US/UK/other 'foreign' countries, who want to get you some foodie stuff, here are some of the useful things you can ask for:
- Pure Almond extract / Pure Vanilla Extract
- Seeds of herbs like basil, spearmint, oregano etc. that you can grow at home
- Wilton's baking tins (mention your oven size clearly when you ask for this)
- Small sized cast iron pans, perfect for baking that cornbread or little cake apart from making eggs, roasting spices etc.
- Dried berries such as cranberries, blueberries, cherries
- Tins of Chipotle Chillies in Adobo Sauce (if you love Mexican food)
- Sliced raw almonds
- Cute muffin tin liners (though you get them at the above mentioned stores)
- Pecans, Macademia and Brazil Nuts
- Good quality instant yeast
- Gelatin leaves
- Spice mixes such as Ras el Hanout or Creole Seasoning
- Cacao Nibs
- Microplane (for grating zest from lemons, oranges) and Silpat recommended by Simran
- Tahini, Zataar, Sumac from the Middle Eastern Countries
- Nifty shredding peelers, dried mushrooms, Hot Basil sauce, other cooking sauces, Rice paper sheets for the Vietnamese rolls, Glass noodles etc. from SE Asian Countries