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Masala Panna



Green mangoes are still growing on farms around Pune and vegetable sellers offer green mangoes along with other seasonal vegetables. It is the best time to make a cooling drink called Panna. Masala Panhe is available on the footpaths around Pune and sellers use different masalas to vary the taste.


The type of mango to use is Rumali , a plump, shapely mango which does not have strings.The recipe that follows is Vijaya Deshmukh's (from Warje) version.

Take 4 green rumali mangoes  and wash them well. Add 500 ml water to a 5 litre pressure cooker/pan with a trivet. On the trivet place a stainless steel pan ( not aluminium ) filled with with the 4 mangoes and 250 ml water. Place weight and cook for three whistles. Take the cooker off the fire and let it cool normally for half an hour or so.

Open the cooker and remove stainless steel pan. Take out the mangoes and peel them Reserve the water in which they were cooked. Remove all the pulp from the mangoes and add 3 1/2 cups of sugar.Dissolve the sugar and whip the pulp in a blender.Add 5 ground elaichis (cardamom) and 2 litres of water to the concentrate and store in a stainless steel pan in the refrigerator immediately.


Deliciously cooling.

Organic Food Outlets and Resources in India-updated March 2012

This is a very small and tentative list. Any information about other stores would be welcome. Some of the phone numbers may have changed.



Rashmi's Health Food Products
Mahalaxmi Trade Links
Pune 411045
Tel: 9850052296
Raw Khandsari sugar, brown rice, red rice, wheat puffs

Organic and Naturals
1, Kamaljia Apartments
1306 Shivajinagar, J.M. Road Bank of Baroda Lane
Pune 411 005
Tel- 25536835

Nature's Bounty
G II/6 Liberty II
North Main Road
Koregaon Park
Pune 411001
Tel: 26114627
Grains, lentils, oils, sugar, salt,and some spices.

Green Grocers
28/2 Koregaon Park,
Pune 400001
Tel.: 26119654

Some organic brown and red rice.

Fab India

Plot 2 & 3,
Akshay Complex,
Pushpak Park, ITI Road,
Aundh, Pune - 411007;
Ph: +91-20-26010586
Store Timings: 10:30 am to 8:30 pm Open all days of the week

Teas, Jams, Achars, Spices,Lentils and more.

Sassoon Road
Sakar 10,
Opposite Jehangir Nursing Home,
Sassoon Road,
Pune- 411001
Ph: +91-20-26124820,

Store Timings: 10:00 am to 7:45 pm; Open all days of the week

Health Shop
Shop 1, 5th Avenue Building
Dhole Patel Road
Pune 411001
Tel: 26119679

Shakti Mushrooms
Kailas Kapare
Mob -9371044901 Oyster Mushrooms and Mushroom papad.

Moledina Road
Pune 411001

Organic Rice and other grains and lentils .


ONLINE organic food store

Jiyo organic


Email order to



Organic Haus

Altamount Road
Near the Aston Martin showroom
Kemps Corner
Phone2352 2586
HoursDaily, 10am to 9pm



Magna Book Gallery & Nutrition Centre
Sassoon Building,
143, M.G. Road, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai - 400001.
Tel: 22671763
It is open everyday from 10am to 8pm

Fabindia Overseas Pvt. Ltd.
Jeroo Building,
137, M.G. Road
Mumbai - 400 001
Tel: +91-22-22626539 / 40


Timings: 10.00 am to 7.45 pm
(Monday closed)

Conscious Foods

Bakhshay and Co.
Tel:022-5662-5152 or at 98202 98509
Sells organic cheese


Navrang Biofood Private Ltd.
Amar Darshan 3rd Floor
Old Palasia
Indore 452018


Organic Sansar
Exclusive Organic Food Store

MSB- II B, 105, New Siyaganj, Patthar Godam Road,
Behind Jabalpur Motors (Near Chimney), Indore (M.P.) – 452007

Ph No.  0731-2530220, 99935 19656, 99934 40363
Organic wheat and pulses
Email: info@organicsansarcom;




B45 Alagesan Nagar, Opposite Govt. Hospital,
Chengalpet - 603001.
Tel : 04114-230625 / 04114-570855

Organically grown indigenous rice varieties

Future Food
Soya, dals and coffee powder,
Tel- 24404937

Five seed mix, buckwheat, fresh aloe vera and wheat grass
Tel- 26611818

Enfield Agrobase
Mangoes, dried bananas, cashew and coconut
Ph - 24420605

Aloe vera tooth paste and soap, organic fruit juice concentrate, vegetables, greens
Ph - 55850122

Naturally Auroville
Kombucha, Spaghetti, ragi, spirulina and bread
Ph - 38330517

1/342, Mettu Street
Balamurugan Nagar, Attanthangal
Redhills, CHENNAI -670 067

PH: O44- 32 56 0080  
contact us :

Sunday Shandy
Weekly fair of organic vegetables, milk and other farm produce, direct from the farm.
Every Sunday 9AM to 12PM
Tel - 24991203

The Eco Nut
Sesame butter and homemade jams
Tel - 24919592 :

Naturally Auroville Boutique
8, Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Chennai


N Stores
Organic & Health food stores, cafe
contact: Ramesh Rangamani
Cell: 9444019654
Store: (044) 32210135

Address: 2/576, Singaravelan Salai,
Neelangarai, Chennai-41 (off ECR, near Hot Chips)


23, rajendra nagar,udumalpet road,
Ph:04258 226106 /Fax :04258 220358
Organic Bananas, coconut, tender coconut, coconut oil and pulses.Traditional farmers doing organic far,ming for the past 15 years on their own farms.
Contact: SANTHAKUMAR.N 9894405678 9894455288



Green Thumb
43, West Venkataswamy Road
Ph. no 0422-4368657

Organic Vegetables and grains

Sreevatsa Organic Farm Products,
7/1A Mettupalayam road
Coimbatore 641043
Tel: 0422 2454817; 09442621932 



A.P. Chandrashekhar 
'Indraprastha' Jeevadharaka Sasyavaata
Kalalavadi village, Post Udbhooru, Mysore - 570 008
Karnataka, India
Phone: 0821- 597936 

Green Bazar,

Andhra Pradesh

Anantapur District

Timbaktu Organics
Adisakthi Dharani
C/o Timbaktu Collective
Chennekothapalli village – 515 101
Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh, India
Ph: 0091-8559-240149, 240335; 0091-94401 39381

Contact for supplies of brown rice, peanuts, peanut oil, ragi malt,foxtail millet,jowar etc.


The Deccan Development Society
DDS Sangam Shop at Zaheerabad.
Tel:( 08451 )282271 / 282785

Bapoorouu Parupudi’s Farm
Tumkunta, Hyderabad
Tel: 044 27812160 or 9848160025

Earth Shop
SD Road, Hyderabad
Tel: 044 27768967

24 Lettered Mantra
Hyderabad (Sresta Natural Bioproducts)
Organically grown fruits, vegetables, staples and spices.


Organic Impulse
82, 5th Cross, Gottigere
Bannerghatta Road
Bangalore - 560083
Tel: +91-80-2696-7682

24 Lettered Mantra
#686, 16th Main, 39th Cross
Jayanagar 4th T Block
Bangalore 560041

Tel: +91 80 4146 7737/38

24 Lettered Mantra
Outer Ring Road

Tel: +91 80 4148 6611/22

Ostara Shop
3201 7th Main (Along Shirdi Sai Baba Road), HAL II Stage
Tel- 2521-5707/2520-1616
Open: 10am - 8.30pm. Open all days

8, Hospital Road (parallel to Infantry Road), next to Subway,
Bangalore 560 001.
Open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on all days except Tuesday, which is a holiday.
Tel- 94484-70353

Fresh Organic fruit and Vegetables
Opp. National Games Village

Health Food Stores.
Sadashiv Nagar
Tel- 2360-1777, 2360-0630

the `complete health store' retailing everything from tummy trimmers to protein drinks -

Era Organics
Tel:080 9900543881
Vegetables, FruitsCereals, Pulses, Spices retailing

Green Channel
20/1, Ali Asker Road (off Cunningham Road).
Tel: 41235739
email: green

68/1, Jaraganahalli,
Near Sarakki Gate,
Kanakpura Main Road
Bangalore - 560 078
Tel : +(91)-(80)-26714599
Fax : +(91)-(80)-26714599
Email : ,
Contact Person: Mr. Satyanath K. K. / Mr. Sudhakar Karanth
Spices, Coconut oil, Sesame oil,Jaggery
Beauty Products, Ayurvedic medicines

Sahaja Samruddha
Ph: 080-23650744
Paddy, Sapota, Guava, Banana, Mango


Fabindia now offers home delivery of organic food products
N Block Market
Greater Kailash

Available Products
Cereals (chawal, makka, gehun) (3)  Sweeteners (1)  Summer Coolers (satt) (4) 
Pulses (dal) (10)  Honey (shahad) (5)  Marmalades, Conserves & Crushes (15) 
Flour Atta  (8)  Tea (chai) (11)  Herbal and Ayurvedic Formulations (15) 
Spices (masala) (8)  Pickles & Chutneys (5)   
Pasta (5)  Processed foods (4) 


I Say Organic

I Say Organic serves South Delhi for home delivery of organic vegetables. We believe that everyone has a right to eat pure food at no extra cost and so our sabjis are priced affordably. Our prices match those of the sabjiwallas who come near your house.  Pick your phone to order or order online. Our delivery van would be right there in the specified time slot with your order customized as per your requirement.
Products: Organic vegetables (All round the year vegetables, seasonals, leafys, condiments, salads)
Address: South Delhi
Email Address:
Phone: 011 41631787 , 8826535929

Whole Foods
New Friends Colony, New Delhi
Tel: 011 26820701

Dubden Healthy Living
4A Shahpur Jat

Aricha Retail
Aricha Trading Co.
10 varieties of spices
Selling through Godrej, Reliance Retail, Spencers



Organic Food and Natural Products Store
5, Tejpal society
Near Fateh nagar bus-stop
Ahmedabad - 380007
Ph : +91 79 26622020 / 22
email : asalworld (at)


Organic India Organic Food Suppliers

GO ORGANIC – Mr. Nachiket Patel.
D-1 Rajshree Complex, Nr. Reliance Fresh,
Shreyas Tekara,
Near Sri Kunj Party Plot,
Ambavadi – AHMEDABAD – 380015.
Tel: +91-79-40373010.

Resources for Organic Farming:




Gol, Gol, Gola



Golas are all over the place now. Colourful redi gadi's (push carts), are visible on every street displaying tall bottles with jewel like juices waiting to be sprinkled over a lolly of crushed ice. The welcoming ring of the brass bell draws children out of their homes.


Is there a human heart that does not thrill to the herald of the ice lolly man ?

What an exquisite quandary to have to choose a flavour. Kala Khatta (made with black rock salt), Orange, Lemon, Mango, Pineapple, Gulab (Rose), Wala (Khus), Katchi Kairi. Forming_gola_1

And then to watch the ice being crushed into crystals and formed into a lolly around a split bamboo stick.


Then sprinkled liberally with the syrupy fruit squash of one's choice; to be sucked and drawn out with much relish, until the ice crystals have become compacted and colourless once again.


It would be great if sorbets ,(which is really French for Gola), could be offered in between courses at Indian restaurants with Indian flavours like kala khatta, katchi kairi , kokum or even paan. It would provide that touch of freshness to cleanse the palate of heavier flavours and prepare the tongue and taste buds for more to come.