Baking in Bombay

December 11, 2009

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So many of you emailed me with questions, recommendations and information about what I use in the kitchen, and this post is filled with all the answers.  I’m hardly able to keep up with replying to individual emails so here are all your questions answered, hopefully. There is a WEALTH of information in the comments section below and we’ve got some very helpful folks chiming in with tips and advice. Do go through that.

I get many mails from readers looking for Mumbai’s best baking suppliers or cookware vendors. Lots of you are interested in finding the best places to buy food products such as imported cheeses, imported meats, herbs, spices, and chocolates in Mumbai. Buying home kitchen equipment is also top of the list.

I’ve been shopping for ingredients and bakeware in Bombay for many years, and have had some good and some not-so-good experiences. I’ve recorded most of these to share with you. I am obviously NOT affiliated to any of the places mentioned here in any way, so the reviews are non-biased.

Over the years, food shopping in Bombay has become easier and easier. The availability of quality cooking and baking ingredients in Bombay is steadily increasing and prices are becoming more competitive. Scroll down to read about the best places to shop for food in Bombay.

Read more on basic baking ingredients available in India.

Cooking and Baking Ingredients in Mumbai

The number one request I get from readers is for a place to shop for quality baking ingredients and imported food items in Bombay.

  • General ingredients: For chocolate chips, canned blueberries, and tahini paste, Philly cheese, pine nuts, spices, hazelnuts, walnuts, Nutella, Hershey chocolate Alfa at Irla is my preferred choice. Though you could find them at Crawford Market as well.
  • Imported ingredients: Fancy cheeses with names hard to pronounce, marinated olives and peppers, Sri Lankan cinnamon, fresh bocconcini, Jamie Oliver bottled stuff, Japanese ingredients, fresh endamame beans, fava beans, artichoke, imported salami, bacon and cold cuts can be found at Hypercity, Indigo Deli, Godrej Nature’s Basket. You can also get cheese at wholesale rates at Crawford Market (Eram’s, Shop no. 123).
  • Herbs: You can find fresh herbs (chives, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, etc) and cold cuts at any of the supermarkets like Hypercity or Star Bazaar.
  • Sugars: Light brown sugar, dark brown sugar and muscovado sugar is available at Hypercity and Alfa but I really don’t recommend spending so much on them (they’re 10x the price of granulated sugar). You can use BlueBird Demerera sugar instead, which you can find at your local grocer. Another place I brown cane sugar at was Godrej Nature’s Basket. You can find it under the Conscious Food label.
  • Vanilla: Fellow bakers! Please stop using the tiny bottle of vanilla essences. That is not real vanilla. I was so happy to find pure Vanilla beans on a trip to Bangalore that I made my own Vanilla extract – it’s really, really easy. I urge you to make your own. You will never use anything else. You can find vanilla beans at Godrej Nature’s Basket and Indigo Delicatessen in Bombay. In case you don’t have time to make the extract, use the innards of the vanilla bean. Read Vanilla 101 and How to Make Vanilla Bean Sugar for more information.
  • Buttermilk: Sure, we don’t get buttermilk here but that doesn’t mean we can’t make anything that calls for it. While I may have buttermilk written in my recipes (because that is the preferred choice for the recipe), I have been very successful in using the same amount of stirred yoghurt. Although, this is not the only substitution. Joy the baker has some pretty neat substitutions.
  • Chocolate: I use Callebaut for baking. You can find the most common baking chocolate: Morde and Selbourne at Arife, Alfa, Crawford Market.
  • I use instant yeast for baking bread. It comes in a 500g vacuum sealed pack. It’s a lot better than the crappy active dry yeast (NEVER use this, it smells so foul) and has a much longer shelf life than fresh yeast (which you can get from your local baker).
  • Japanese Ingredients: Maido India sells some funky Japanese ingredients at Godrej Nature’s Basket and Hypercity. Buy yourself a tube of wasabi, if nothing else and it will kick your regular mayonnaise up a notch.
  • Lavender: While I got my lavender from the US, you can get a pot from the Lalbaugh nursery in Bangalore.
  • Sea salt: Anglesey Sea salt is available under the Waitrose label at Hypercity and Fleur de Sel is available at Nature’s Basket.
  • Golden Syrup: Haiko at Powai or Nature’s Basket
  • Dark and Light Corn Syrup (Karo): Alfa, Sante’s Crawford Market
  • Phyllo Sheets: At Haiko, if you’re lucky (I haven’t been, but a readers tells me so)
  • Molasses: I noticed a bottle of Grandma’s Molasses at Crawford Market (check the Crawford Market Guide below) but was too petrified to ask the price given he was selling Morton Sea Salt that costs just $3 for Rs. 4,000!
  • Dulce de Leche: Why not just make some Dulce de Leche yourself?
  • Whipping cream: Tropolite or Rich’s whipping cream (non-dairy) as well as Parsi dairy cream work well. Although, make sure you use the Parsi dairy cream immediately.
  • Bread flour: I’ve noticed Waitrose strong bread flour at the store, but besides that I don’t know of any place that has bread flours. Most people add in gluten powder to the regular flour to increase protein content.
  • Blueberries: Hypercity has blueberries! Rs. 199 for a 150g box.
  • Rolled Fondant: Under Dr. Oetkar label, you can find these at Nature’s Basket.
  • “00” flour: You can find it under he Delverde brand at Sante’s or De Cecco brand at Nature’s Basket.
  • Instant yeast: Arife, Continental Stores, Crawford Market
  • Fresh yeast: Your local bakery.

Growing Herbs in Mumbai

If you have even a little space on your window, you can grow some herbs there. In my experience the herbs like oregano, thyme and rosemary that I have bought from a nursery (in Irla) have never survived.  I prefer growing them from seeds, even though they might take longer. My theory is that these nurseries grow the herbs in cooler regions on the outskirts of the city – and they aren’t immune to the temperatures of the city. Growing them from the seeds acclimatizes them from the very beginning and if they  can can survive the first few weeks, they most definitely will take to the weather and grow beautifully.

A little about my herbs:

  • I’ve just recently grown the following from seeds and they seem to be doing okay: thyme, sage, purple basil. While the sweet basil is doing fantastically. I got these seeds from a friend , who got it from another friend. So I’m not sure where you might find it here. Although a few varieties of basil and a few herb seeds are available at Ratanshi in Byculla.
  • Here is how I grew lemongrass.
  • I got spearmint from a nursery in Pune.
  • Friends tell me that dumping a bunch of mint leaves in a pot of soil is the easiest way to grow them. The leaves will wither away and new ones will take their place once the roots start growing. I am yet to try this.
  • I got a pot of lemon basil from Green Growers in Versova (the map has the Bandra location mentioned). It grew well but I accidentally killed it by tugging on the stem. :(
  • I plan to plant some chives soon.

Cooking Equipment and Bakeware in Mumbai

There are many good quality cookware and bakeware suppliers in Mumbai, so you don’t always have to rely on your cousin to come over from abroad!

  • And a little about my KitchenAid:  My uncle was kind enough to lug the 12 kilo machine from London for me. A word of caution, do not ask friends/relatives coming down from USA to get you a KitchenAid. Although, cheaper than UK, the US machine runs on 110V. You don’t want to shorten its life by using it here on 220V. Before the KitchenAid, I used a Black and Decker hand blender that held me in good stead for a pretty long time. David Lebovitz talks about things you must consider before lugging a KitchenAid from America to Europe, which applies to India as well.
  • I also adore my CuisineArt ice cream maker. It makes ice cream churning so much simpler, and I have my favourite Strawberry Frozen Yoghurt in 30 minutes! I got it from the US, but I suggest, for the same reasons above, you get yours from Europe. I do not have any recommendations for an ice-cream maker available in India.
  • Bakeware: For all sorts of cake pans, tart pans, dessert rings, muffin pans, springform pans (shoddy quality, though) Arife at Crawford Market and Andheri Station (West) is your best bet. For better quality stuff, Teflon, non-stick (though not so much variety) head to Hypercity, Home Stop or Home Center at Lifestyle.
  • Measuring Cups: I use standard American size measuring cups (Kitchen Aid) and spoons because a lot of the baking I do is from American cookbooks. But you must know that I resort to measuring cups when I’m feeling very lazy. I much prefer to use the weighing scale.
  • Ramekins: Saria Steel Depot, Home Center at Lifestyle.
  • OXO kitchen gadgets are available at HomeStop. They have everything from a vegetable peeler to a salad spinner.
  • Canning jars: Italian canning jars (Quattro Staggioni) are available at Alfa anf Mahavir Stores in Santacruz. And you don’t just have to use them for canning
  • Cupcake liners: The ones I used are sent my gracious readers so I’m covered for a while. However, Arife (Crawford Market) does have silicone cupcake liners in pretty colours.
  • Cake boards, cake boxes: And lots more available at Cheapjack’s on Hill Road in Bandra.
  • Le Creuset: JW Marriott, Tresorie and Indigo Deli stock cast iron goodness.
  • Wilton: Arife stocks Wilton colours, glitters, sugarcraft tools and lots more.
  • Piping Tips: Have a look at Noor piping tips.
  • Blow Torch: I got my blow torch from Saria Steel at Lohar Chawl. Refer to the Crawford Market map for more details on that.

Baking Classes in Mumbai

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Growing your own herbs

I’ve been trying to make myself an edible window with herbs, chillies and tomatoes. I buy my seeds from Ratanshi’s in Byculla.

The Crawford Market Guide

If there is something that you haven’t found, you are bound to find it in the Crawford Market Guide I’ve worked on. Here is a map of the inside of it. If you have any suggestions on adding to this, please discuss in the comments section below.

Cookbooks in Mumbai

So where do I find all these awesome cookbooks that I keep making recipes from? It used to be gracious friends and cousins coming down from USA/UK, but now local bookstores + make me very happy. For recommendations please check my Amazon Store. Also, The Bombay Baking Co at JW Marriott in Juhu has some very nice books in their shop. A charming place with equipment, ingredients, books and orchids. Wish there were more places like these!

Some Must-Haves

I’ve written up a post on Baking Essentials, that should be extremely useful as well.

..or “I have a friend coming down from the US/UK/France/Baker’s Wonderland, what do you think I should get?”

Now this depends entirely on what you like to do in the kitchen the most. If cheesecakes are your weakness then a good springform pan is a must, but if you’re going to be making it just once a year then it’s really not that necessary, unless you are a kitchenware junkie like I am. But then again, we are addressing must haves. So here are some things that should definitely be on your list:

  • Silpat – you will never need to line your baking sheet with wax paper/butter paper/parchment paper! These are reusable and very worth the USD 20.
  • Microplane zester – zesting your citrus or even hard cheese like Parmesan has never been easier. I probably sound like their marketing department, but I really do love this tool.
  • Anything Wilton (because everything isn’t available here yet)! They have the cutest cupcake liners and silicone moulds.
  • If you like adding colour to your food (I absolutely detest, and the only time I gave in was when I made red velvet cupcakes), you could get McCormicks food colour. I have the set in Neon.
  • Dried cherries, cranberries, blueberries, apricots and whatever else you want – they keep well and they can be used in so many recipes. I love using dried cherries in my black forest cookies.(While you can get these here, you’d be better off with bulk packages).
  • If you’d like to splurge a little, definitely go get some Valrhona.
  • I’ve tried to be creative and use different things as a substitute for a cooling rack without much success. I’ve had to space my baking across time just because I didn’t have a cooling rack and had to use the wire rack from the oven as a cooling rack. This is definitely a must have! I especially love this three-tier Wilton cooling rack.
  • If they love you enough to carry a 5 kilo pan, then by all means get a cast iron skillet. And if they’re willing to double that, then one for me as well, please. And it’s totally worth it for $18 when here the only thing you will find is Le Creuset which will burn a hole in your pocket (but make your kitchen look so pretty!)

Update for Mumbai Baking!

Thanks to the adorable Roshni (The Vanilla Bean), we have an update for all the things you might be looking for.

Fresh fruits – I buy most of my fruit for baking on the carts near my house. For the more exotic stuff, I always take a walk down the Pali Naka stretch. They always have the more exciting produce. Although, nowadays a lot of the fruits which seemed exotic earlier are now available everywhere (like Granny Smith apples), Pali Naka is a complete package. I bought some super pricey blueberries from Nature’s Basket at Hill Road (they weren’t available at Pali Naka). Pali Naka also had strawberries and I was promised they would be there till March!

Frozen berries: blueberries, cranberries, raspberries – you name it. At Santé’s at Pali Naka.

Fresh Vegetables and Herbs – Again, Pali Naka it is for me. Of course, every other cart now has things like celery, basil etc. I bought galangal ginger from Nature’s Basket but it was available for lesser at Pali Naka. They also had edamame, fennel, asparagus, shallots, butternut squash, jalapenos, avocados, lemongrass (the kind you can grow as well), leeks, portabella mushrooms and other weird looking mushrooms. They home deliver as well. Foodhall also has a few exotic ones but they’ll cost you way more. Although, I was so tempted to pick up seedless limes!

Growing Herbs – my new favorite thing to collect! I bought my basil and oregano plant from Floraland (next to Regal and just opposite the Pali Naka lane). He gives fully grown plants for you to love and use. He’s promised me some rosemary and thyme too! He suggests Green Growers for things that may not be available with him. Their website is pretty helpful but I have yet to buy something from them. Floraland does have super cute pots etc to brighten up your window sill. e can be contacted on 9820094628 or 6006750.

Dried Fruits & Herbs– I buy dried fruit, nuts etc from Royal Dry Fruit in Santacruz next to Yoko’s. He stocks all kinds of nuts, dried cranberries etc. I buy vanilla pods in a small bottle from Modern but I’ve seen individual pods at Food Spot which can be useful. When I don’t have the time to go and buy fresh herbs or they aren’t available I use dried herbs which are available everywhere nowadays. I usually pick up entire stock from Neelam. I love Keya’s range of things like Japanese Seasoning, Jamaican Jerk Seasoning, Garlic bread seasoning etc.

Cheese – Philadelphia Cream Cheese is always bought from Modern. Its fresh and he doesn’t store it with smelly ingredients so that’s a plus! I’ve seen strawberry cream cheese at both, Nature’s Basket Hill Road and Foodhall at Palladium Mall. I’ve seen a more impressive collection of cheese at Sante’s in Pali Naka although, if cheddar etc is what you’re after, I’d go to either Nature’s Basket (which sells Monterey Jack shredded, cubed or whole – they also sell a mix of two kinds – how fun!) or Regal.

Whipping Cream – I switched to Tropolite after your recommendation which I buy from Arife in a 1 litre pack. It has to be stored in the freezer and thawed when required. Although, sometimes because Modern is closer, I use Rich’s cream. He sells them in 200gm packs making life much easier while measuring. Another excellent store for cream is Pakeezah Dairy Farm on 14th road. His whipped cream is quick and tasty!

Cold Cuts – Big Sam’s Seafood – simply because he’s conveniently located super close to my house (which I pass on the way home or elsewhere) and he also home delivers. Excellent honey glazed ham and other such items like salami etc. I’ve seen an equally enviable collection at Nature’s Basket but they’re quite steep. Oh, Sante’s has Milanese pepperoni too and it comes conveniently cut into discs to put a top a pizza!

General Ingredients like Tahina paste, whole-wheat pasta, etc – Neelam or any other store really. I’ve seen quinoa at Foodhall but it’s pretty steep. Also available at Foodhall are flavored oils. Polenta and couscous are also available at Neelam. I bought Japanese Rice Wine Vinegar from Modern too. I recently bought some rice noodles to find it’s available for much lesser at Modern. If you spend some time browsing the aisles or shelves, you might just surprise yourself!

Butter – Amul butter, of course, which is available a plenty. For shortening, I always pick it up from Modern – its unbranded, it’s cheap and I haven’t felt the need to do more research on it since I use it very rarely. I’ve seen Elle&Vire butter at Sante’s and if you walk right across the stretch, Regal stocks President and Lurpak too.

Sugar – Bluebird caster sugar is my go-to but I found super cheap, soft, light brown sugar from Modern – its 50 rupees for about 250 g. It’s so much better than using the chunky, sticky Bluebird brown sugar.

Eggs – I buy eggs from the guy who comes to our house with fresh eggs every day. But if it’s the more exotic ones you’re after then I’d go to Foodhall. They had organic, free range etc and cartons of brown eggs were available too. Although, there isn’t too much of a difference. I’ve never faced issues with eggs.

Flour – Madam brand available at my grocer. Whole-wheat flour is always around if I do ever need that. I’ve seen bags of ‘00’ flour at Nature’s Basket. I’ve yet to see bread flour though.

Buttermilk – I always make my own by adding 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice to 1 cup of milk.

Chocolate – I’ve seen Callebaut Chocolate Chips at Sante’s. Nutella is available just about everywhere now! For chocolate chips, I’d go to Regal but they don’t always have it.

Japanese Ingredients – I’ve seen a whole row of them at Nature’s Basket on Hill Road. Although, if it’s Wasabi that you’re after or basic sushi ingredients then check Modern. It’s available for much lesser. Oh and I saw a whole range of Mexican chilli powder and whole chillies at Nature’s Basket!

Spices like Jamie Oliver bottled stuff etc, paprika, cayenne etc – Foodhall has a huge range. But I saw fleur de sel for 450! Eeks! I bought my bottle of cayenne pepper from Food Spot. I’ve also seen them aplenty at Patel Store next to Mehboob Studio.

Jams, sauces & preserves – golden syrup, Dulce de Leche (but make you own!), corn syrup both light and dark are available at Foodhall. I’ve bought Golden Syrup and Corn Syrup from Modern for much lesser though. I always ogle at the preserves at Moshe’s but haven’t bought any. Bonne Maman Jams are available at Regal for as little as Rs. 25 for a small jar! Other jams (not local) are available at Neelam.

Frozen Pastry – I’ve spotted phyllo sheets at Modern. He also has ready frozen puff pastry which comes to a close second. Also, he stocks rice paper and spring roll sheets.

Equipment – Sanctum is my new go-to place for cute and brightly colored oven proof bakeware. I also spotted zesters (Microplane!) and other such equipment, too. I’ve seen a huge collection of kitchenware and bakeware (including OXO) at Tressorie. I buy my cake pans etc from Arife but I’d invest a little more for springform tins (also available at Arife, Bandra now), pretty bakeware that can be brought right to the table etc. I buy my stock of parchment paper from Arife in Bandra (100 bucks for a large roll which lasts me a while). I saw super cute salt and pepper mills (apart from other such equipment) at Foodhall and I’m happy to report they work! They’re battery operated so they’ll cost you but if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, check any of the stores in Hasnabad Lane, Santacruz. For adorable tableware, check Surprise at Santacruz. I also bought my kitchen scale from Alfa (some dicey brand) but it’s lasted me a while.

Yeast & Bread Ingredients – Fresh yeast is available at Modern but he also has dried yeast. For bread pans (even with the closed lids), go to Arife, Bandra or Cheap Jack on Hill Road.

Rolled fondant – Finally available at Arife!

Canning jars – Saw and bought the cutest jars from one of the stores in Hasnabad Lane, Santacruz .

Biscuits – Savioardi (if you aren’t making your own) is available at Modern and Regal. Oreos are manufactured here now so yay! I’ve seen snobbish looking cheese plate crackers at Nature’s Basket on Hill Road and Sante’s at Pali Naka.

Cake Decorating – pastry tips, cake decorating tools, pastry bags, cupcake liners and silicone cupcake liners are all available at Arife and Cheap Jack. They also have a cake turntable which is worth investing in. Here is where you can buy bouquets made of cookies.

Tea and Coffee – Nature’s Basket for ogling but I generally buy it from Modern or Neelam. Davidoff coffee is available at Regal and Food Spot.

Thermometer – I’ve seen candy thermometers at Arife but Alfa has some too. For oven thermometers, check Tressorie.

Dishes, tablecloths, cutlery – Newly opened Sanctum on 19th road is slowly becoming my go-to place for pretty table stuff. Otherwise, I love a nameless store right opposite Shoppers Stop Bandra for ceramic bowls, mugs, ramekins etc. I’ve also seen ramekins at many stores in Hasnabad Lane.

Stand mixer – Not too long ago, I bought mine from Dubai. They have KitchenAid mixers there now too so it’s much easier to lug them from there. Plus, there’s no electricity conversion problem if you buy it from there because the voltage is the same. I bought a Kenwood Titanium Chef stand mixer that came with the basic 3 attachments and it works beautifully. Recently though, I saw one with a timer and digital setting for speed – wow!

Map with all these locations!

Here is a Google map of all the places listed above. Find them with their complete address!

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  • Reply Tim November 29, 2009 at 9:16 PM

    Hey Shaheen, this seems like a really valuable resource! Nice work!

  • Reply The Purple Foodie November 29, 2009 at 10:43 PM

    Thanks, Tim! That's very sweet of you. :)

  • Reply Simran November 30, 2009 at 12:34 AM

    A great list. If I may add – Homestop just got all those nifty kitchen tools from Oxo. They have the complete range, including the mandoline slicer.

  • Reply The Purple Foodie November 30, 2009 at 12:55 AM

    Of course! Saw them last week. Updated!

  • Reply Nags December 1, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    This is an awesome resource!

  • Reply onlybanan December 2, 2009 at 12:25 AM

    Brilliant work shaheen, most impressed with your commitment. Any ideas where i could find some sea salt, been looking everywhere.

  • Reply The Purple Foodie December 2, 2009 at 12:45 AM

    Thanks, all. It's quite a lot of effort, but well worth it when you guys find it helpful. :)

    Onlybanan: I've seen coarse sea salt at Godrej Nature's Basket in Lokhandwala!

  • Reply Parita December 2, 2009 at 11:31 PM

    This is fantastic resource, a must read for all mumbaities like me!!!

  • Reply Bergamot December 5, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    For baking Mumbaiities, this post is a treasure. BTW, if you have the patience and keep a check you may just find some phylo sheets or golden syrup in Haiko super market Powai…
    Fab India too has demerera sugar that I use as a substitute for soft brown sugar.

  • Reply Shwetha December 7, 2009 at 8:37 AM

    Tears of joy are streaming down my face. What a fantastically important and useful post. SO nice of you to share all this with us! Thank you Shaheen – you're a sweetheart!

  • Reply Madhuli December 7, 2009 at 3:55 PM

    Excellent resourceful ifo..even for non-Mumbaiities who come down there for a weekend and have to more.thanks..hugs to you

  • Reply The Purple Foodie December 7, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    I'm so happy to know that you guys find this resourceful.

    Thank you so much for the phyllo info Bergmot! Now each time I visit Powai, I'm going to check it out. Your baklava looks lovely!

  • Reply nandini December 11, 2009 at 5:06 PM

    Shaheen cant express my word of gratitude !.. Truly not all are very sharing when it comes to recipes and ings and to put a whole list of where to find what and info on gadgets plus a map u r so thoughtful and … u r so wonderful. ((((Hugs)))!.

  • Reply Kate/Kajal - Aapplemint December 12, 2009 at 3:17 AM

    Shabaash !! Girl we needed someone to take the trouble and give us a comprehensive guide to finding stuff in our city. Honestly i think i've turned into a bit of a food snob, but i just cant bake good stuff in Bbay,It just doesnt taste the same! You dont get good butter for baking and the commercial margarine sucks. They have only Maida or self raising flour for baking. Its really not a baking friendly city, unless ofcourse you want to stick to baking mava cakes at home. But this time , in a store next to my house i found unsalted Emborg butter ( imported frm Dubai ofcourse for 180 Rs for 200gms) but i gladly paid up, bought 3 sticks and baked !!!
    I still carry my baking flour, chocolate, yeast, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla bean extracts – though you get fantastic vanilla from kerela, canned bertolli beans, tomato paste, maggie cubes, cajun spices, harissa paste, sauces, dark chocolates … and a lot of other things everytime i travel back to Bombay. Its easier sometimes to carry them instead of looking for them in our city. But now with your guide, it'll be easier.

  • Reply Helene December 12, 2009 at 5:17 AM

    Thanks, so nice!

  • Reply shadesofwords09 December 12, 2009 at 4:17 AM

    My husband and I have been recently posted in the US and reading your post made me so homesick..I love shopping in crawford market and the mixed smell of the spices and grey market perfumes and chocolates !
    The good part is now I can effortlessly try your recipes – that is the effort centered in trying the dish and not acquiring the ingredients

  • Reply jayashree December 12, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Shaheen, I've been on look out for vanilla beans in B'lore, where did you say it is available?
    I'm really excited to hear that OXO brand is available in India. I need to head to the Homestore now urgently……

  • Reply The Purple Foodie December 12, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Jayashree, it's available at the gourmet store Maison des Gourmets at Lavelle Road in Bangalore. However, I really think you should look for local suppliers instead of gourmet stores – will be a lot cheaper!

  • Reply Shwe December 12, 2009 at 5:48 PM

    Hey! Nice blog! I'm in Mumbai too and have been bitten by the baking bug the last few months. Your sourcing tips are great – I can vouch for them as I happen to have found my things from very similar sources. A couple more things I'd love to know how you manage to source in Mumbai
    a) Molasses
    b) Dulce de Leche
    I've used Whittakers 72% dark chocolate from Nature's Basket a few times so those who cant access the US can try that. Also if they need to be cheap and cheerful maybe the new Bournville range from Cadbury's? They have one plain dark chocolate. But am all with you – Vanilla extract is the hardest thing to source sitting here and the stuff in our markets is awful!!
    Happy Baking!!

  • Reply The Purple Foodie December 12, 2009 at 10:31 PM

    Shwe! Where in Bbay are you?

    I totally agree with using Cadbury Bournville. For that matter, Lindt too. Whittakers is good – I was recently gifted the hazelnut milk chocolate – -savouring each piece as I go. :)

    Dulce de Leche? Make your own! You have no idea how easy it it- check my Dulce de Leche post.

    No luck with mollasses though – it's on my list to ask friends to get when they come from Baking wonderland.

  • Reply Shwe December 13, 2009 at 3:03 PM

    Hey Shaheen

    I live outside of Powai!

    I did see the Dulce de Leche post but am honestly scared of immersing a can of Milkmaid in water for 3 hours! Guess I could try the microwave version. Speaking of Dulce de Leche, I love the ice cream at Indigo Deli/Cafe. I know it doesn't have the "caramel" streaks but YUM, a creamy malai kulfi of sorts no?!

    I have so many questions for you, should probably email! For example, do you have any idea how one could replicate the Dense Loaf they sell at Theobroma? Or does melted Gur serve the purpose that Molasses does?

    I happen to be moving soon to Baking Wonderland (UK!) so have to confess I cannot WAIT to grocery shop for baking stuff!

  • Reply s December 13, 2009 at 6:15 PM

    very resourceful

  • Reply veda murthy December 14, 2009 at 8:44 AM

    ok i just left a commen asking about ur oven! got the answers here in the bombay baking post! have a lovely day….u have regular reader in me :-)


  • Reply sahiti December 14, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Thank you very much for the informative post Shaheen.Pastry sheets and many such things are available at Hypercity Malad.
    Btw, where can we get the cream used for icing the cakes.Amul fresh cream doesn't give the desired results.Which one do you use?

  • Reply The Purple Foodie December 14, 2009 at 12:59 PM

    Thanks everyone. :)

    Hi Shwe!

    I was afraid too, but what I did was pierce a few holes – after reading more on the subject (you can get some encouragement by reading the comments sections where people say that exploding cans is just a myth), I realised that it is absolutely safe. Just make sure to have it immersed in water at all times. What creeps me out is the pressure cooker method, though scientifically that's safe way of doing it as well.

    You know I'm embarrassed to admit that I'm a little too critical of eating desserts outside, I'm like ""Oh I can make that myself" so I only end up browsing the desserts. I thought I was being a little unreasonable and I bought myself a mud cake from the Indigo deli (and also as a test to see where my baking stands). Only to realise that my mud cake kicks ass. So I'm back to making my own desserts..

    I haven't tried the dense loaf at theobroma. I will buy it the next time I'm in town and see what I can do. :)

    My email address is purplefoodie(AT)

    So cool that you're moving to UK! First stop: Hummingbird bakery!

    Hey Sahiti!

    Pastry sheets at Hypercity! I have got to check it out! Thanks. :)

    I've seen that most restaurants use Rich's non-dairy whipping cream. I'm not a fan of it because it leaves me with a weird after taste. In case you're interested here is the number you can call on to get yourself a 1l pack(they will home deliver): 9322129650 If not that, you can buy a can of Cool Whip and the likes from Alfa and Hypercity.

    I agree, Amul doesn't give the consistency. Friends tell me that the Parsi Dairy cream works beautifully. I haven't tried it because I don't make ornate cakes. The one time I bought the cream, I left it for too long in the fridge before using that it split and I had to turn it into ghee.

  • Reply Priyanka December 16, 2009 at 2:43 PM

    Oh wow! This is wonderful of you – putting the time and effort to type this all down. And such valuable info too!! Thanks a ton, Shaheen.
    My recent grouse has been with cupcake liners – couldn't find anything else than plain white ones at Arife at Crawford market and others a couple of weeks ago. Will try the Andheri one next. Or else, thanks to your list, I now know the answer to 'what should i get you from amerikka' :)

  • Reply Ranjani December 31, 2009 at 5:05 PM

    I have developed a great interest in baking, I use a convection microwave, but follow the instructions to the last word, but somehow, the cakes come out so flat… can you suggest what I could do. Also, I have a basic questsion, how can I preheat a microwave? Pardon me for my ignorance. Looking forward to your response.

  • Reply Disha January 2, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    Hey S! Just remembered that once you tweeted abt finding Mascarpone n something else at 210 degrees at Churchgate. U cld add that to the post here. Also, last time my sister went to Bandra Arife, there were pretty pink cupcake liners but only available in a pack of 1000! Too many for me! And Cheapjack! We forgot abt that! Has so many things including Cake boards n cake boxes of various sizes!

  • Reply ♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ January 13, 2010 at 12:14 AM

    Oh how sweet of u purple foodie to have so wonderfull a list…it really would help…
    And would be fantastic if u could add where in bombay u find all those cute decorating gadgets and cool tools(u have the best am sure…)
    And do u get anything wilton in bombay-was jus gazing longinly at their silicone heart cuppy moulds,all those cute specially heart sprinkles and colored sugar and whole load of stuff…u get any of those around in bombay…
    And u know a few malls have those cute candy stores with jars filled with cutie stuff all around with shapes so varied enough to have u squealing in delight and jumping with glee,any idea what's the name of those chain of stores…and yeah shoppers stop does have those cute teddy bear pans to flip a few pancakes for breakfast….oh cupcake liners elude evrbody dont they but bombay is the place i bet…
    Have a wonderfull gay and happpy day full of buttery goodness with sweety flour…

  • Reply ♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ January 13, 2010 at 12:21 AM

    And about color,forget finding mac ci=ormick,havent even been able to find decent paste/gel color for awhile now.

  • Reply The Purple Foodie January 13, 2010 at 12:24 AM

    Maybe you can turn off the microwave function and simply stick to the oven function – with the microwave,I'm guessing that the cake is rising too fast and therefore cannot hold it's structure. You should refer to the manual on instructions on preheating – I'm not sure if my instructions would fit correctly.

    Disha: Thank you!

    vanilla strawberry:
    I'm not big on decorating, so I don't have that man decorating gadgets. No Wilton or anything close. I'm going to update this post each time I find something new – so if it's not in the post, it's not available or I don't know about it yet. :)

  • Reply tintintee January 13, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    Omg, I sooo love your blog!! Your Creamy Oreo Pie has become our must have weekend dessert.

    Can you please tell me where I can buy cute cupcake liners and a springform pan in Bombay?? I've been looking for them forever..

  • Reply Parita January 16, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    Hi Shaheen, found a manufacturer/retailer check, they have around 75 different nozzles, piping bags, moulds etc, they also make custom moulds if required.

  • Reply ♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ January 18, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    Shaheen,thanx a ton-yeah ur baked goodies look good as they are surely.And ur presentation always rocks.Had seen those heart sprinkles which i so love on ur cute as ever cuppys -so jus had a little flicker of hope that we might might find it in mumbai.
    Thanx a ton Parita,those pastry bags are pretty good.

  • Reply Smita January 18, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    Thank you so much for this resourceful post. I bake because I love the smells and tastes associated with it… and now for my 3-year old son, who loves anything that Mamma has popped in the oven especially for him!!
    I found a few nice cupcake liners at Arife in Bandra. Didn't see the store listed in this post… they have one right opposite the Linking Road Shopper's Stop and I visit often for cookie cutters, moulds etc…
    Though I am not into cake or cookie decoration at all, I have heard that a certain store called Mahavir Traders (Mahim West I guess… google it) does stock some Wilton products. Is that of any use?
    Where can I get cream cheese here? I have seen Phil at Hypercity and Alfa costing about 200 for a small tub of that many grams I think. Is that what I can use? I bake and cook eggless so it is rather difficult!
    Thanks for the wonderful tips once again, Shaheen.

  • Reply alka January 28, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    hi shaheen, what a wonderful post!
    where can i get filo pastry sheets & kataifi dough im mumbai. need very urgently. i do need some vegetarian fancy food recipes (no eggs please) which can last atleast for 3 days. thanx.

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  • Reply sugar February 19, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    Wilton is now in bombay…not all the stuff but atleast a bit….i mean its fantastic aint it?

    Any maybe if they have a good sale they get more stuff too right…like officially import

  • Reply sugar February 19, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    New Arife at bandra has most of the range as of now and a few colored cuppy cake papers too among other things!!!!!!!

  • Reply poonam joshi March 7, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    Hi! I'm so glad to have found this post. I've just started baking and cant seem to find anything in bbay!! gonna head to arife soon,, but my friend just came frm usa and i made her lug a suitcase full of baking stuff frm williams sonoma,,i think iv got enough sprinkles to last me a lifetime!!

  • Reply Deepali Sehgal March 25, 2010 at 4:25 PM

    A friend of mine also found cup cake liners at Hypercity, Malad. though i havnt yet been able to find time to go thr n buy them…
    Hi Shaheen, I stumbled upon your blog while searching for oven dried tomatoes and have loved reading every bit of it…I have been bitten by the baking bug of late after watching episodes of "Bake!", which motivated me to gift myself an oven last bday. Found your blog really useful…n m sure I ll keep coming back to it…thanks!

  • Reply Prapti April 8, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    Shaheen!!!..Went o Aarife the other day but none of them have mini cup cake mould…Please Help!!..:-))

  • Reply abhaya borwankar April 9, 2010 at 7:50 PM

    Is there a homestop outlet in Mumbai? Pls say YES!! and tell me where.

  • Reply loviena April 21, 2010 at 9:13 PM

    Great website. You make baking sound so easy and interesting. Shall try out some recipes for sure..

  • Reply Rachna May 17, 2010 at 2:31 AM

    Hey Shaheen,

    I stumbled upon your blog and I think its wonderful! I looked at the Chocolate Tart and wanted to eat it right then, so I checked my pantry and am baking at this hour in the night!
    This post was most useful. I gave up trying to bake a while back since I just wouldnt find most stuff. Am going to try again!

  • Reply shannon May 19, 2010 at 8:57 PM

    hey there,

    did you get your ice cream maker in mumbai? if so, which shop?

    <3 shannon

  • Reply PurpleFoodie May 19, 2010 at 9:11 PM

    Hey Shannon, unfortunately I did not get my ice cream maker from here. It’s from the US (but big mistake! should have got one that’s suited for 22oV)

  • Reply shannon May 20, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    oh nooooooo. i am dying to make my own ice cream. i am going to europe soon- i could maybe get one there, but i think the hubby will veto the idea. (>_<)'

    thanks anyway for your help!

  • Reply PurpleFoodie May 20, 2010 at 9:16 PM

    Aww Shannon! I say, just order it online and have it shipped to your hotel. Hubby won’t have a choice then. ;)

  • Reply Rocky June 9, 2010 at 6:49 PM

    Hi, Whatever is mentioned over here is all about Bombay, Can you suggest the whole thing for bangalore?

  • Reply The Purple Foodie June 9, 2010 at 10:31 PM

    Hey Rocky! I wish I could make something like this for BLR, but I don’t know too much about the city. Although, when I was there a few years ago I loved this supermarket off Brigade Road and Maison des Gourmets made me want to move there.

  • Reply Ruchi June 16, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    You have a really neat food blog with some great posts!
    And this was a great article – ‘coz no one is helpful when it comes to sharing where to buy their ingredients etc from!

    I really really liked this article of yours and just seemed to chance upon it :)! I am so glad I found it…

  • Reply Rockay June 18, 2010 at 12:43 AM

    Thank y vry much 4 ur valuable information.If u get 2 knw anythng about blr plz let me knw.

  • Reply Varun June 26, 2010 at 2:49 PM

    thanks for the info

    do you know where i can find bread flour or high gluten flour? there seem to be quite a few companies selling vital wheat gluten which can be added to all purpose flour and this seems like the alternative available

    • Reply The Purple Foodie July 24, 2010 at 2:49 PM

      Hey, sorry I just noticed I hadn’t replied to this. You’re right about adding the gluten powder. I’ve also updated the blog post to make it more relevant.

  • Reply Prachi July 11, 2010 at 10:50 AM

    Wonderful to see some direction to finding the right goods. Does you know where we can get dry pumpkin seeds, dry cranberry/blueberries etc, things to make granola bars out of ?

  • Reply Varun (1 Tablespoon) July 11, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    Prachi you should be able to get all that at Crawford Market. I have picked up pumpkin seeds from there in the past. Since there is plenty of canned goods available I am thinking the berries will be available as well.

    Try this number 98196 20662 (His name is Soohel and the shops name is Uncle’s Shop). He may have dried cranberries/ blueberries etc.

    Good Luck!

    • Reply The Purple Foodie July 21, 2010 at 8:27 AM

      thanks for chiming in Varun =)

      • Reply Varun (1 Tablespoon) July 21, 2010 at 10:51 AM

        most welcome :-)

      • Reply meeta January 26, 2011 at 11:40 AM

        hi, wondering what you use in a cheesecake recipe that calls for sour cream??

  • Reply Prachi July 12, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    Thank You

  • Reply pooja July 21, 2010 at 3:06 AM

    hey… i just stumbled upon this blog and boy m i glad i did… m from mumbai or as u prefer it bby ;) i have recently developed a sudden interest in baking n to tell u the truth m soooo lost and confused. how do i begin this.. my cakes in the past have been disasters n taking a course is the only way out as i c it. so i was wondering if u could perhaps help me out as to if u know of any baking courses..??. i have done my research and haven’t found anythin satisfactory… i would really appreciate it if u could recommend some1. also i wanted to learn the basics in cake decoration…diff types of icings etc… any idea…???

    anywys goodluck to you and i will def. keep reading this and gettin jealous with all the wonderful things u bake…!! :P

    p.s. hey any idea if wilton delivers in india… and where could i find wilton products in bby… the entire range frm bake ware to their decoration options to their books and all….!!

    • Reply The Purple Foodie July 21, 2010 at 8:30 AM

      Hi Pooja! I’m not sure where to point you to, because all the baking I know I’ve learned over the years through books.

      Wilton products are available at Arife. I need to update this post to reflect new products that are now available. I will get around to doing so when I have a little time at hand.. I suggest you read the 50 odd comments on the post – that should help you.

    • Reply Varun (1 Tablespoon) July 21, 2010 at 11:12 AM

      Hey Pooja,

      I am no expert baker but it should not be too hard to make a basic cake. Start of by using the right equipments and ingredients. Don’t eyeball things while baking, invest in a digital scale and weigh out ingredients.

      As Shaheen said you can learn a lot through books but it does take some patience and trial and error. The Cake Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum is a book with some great reviews. Check it out. Most of these books have a good introduction explaining basic terms, how to measure flour, equipment you need, methods of mixing etc before getting into recipes and the different types of cakes.

      I suggest checking out videos on youtube as well. There is a 50 min video somewhere out there on cake decoaration!

      For classes go to people who have some formal training where you learn the whys and hows behind doing something and not just following instructions blindly.

      I think its time for me to open a culinary school in Bombay :P


  • Reply pooja July 21, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    thanks shaheen…. m looking forward to the updates….!!

    thanks a ton varun… i wil giv the self teaching a try… n u said it right … i do want to learn frm a pro… i want to learn to bake cakes not just make them….if that makes sense :p

    • Reply mariam kapadia November 25, 2010 at 9:40 AM

      hi pooja

      i could suggest you someone who takes baking classes. she does basic cakes, fondant cakes,cupcakes, muffins,swissrolls and bread aswell many other things. her name is mrs.waheeda. mail me @ and ill mail u her number. shes put up in bandra.

    • Reply Amar January 16, 2012 at 12:22 PM

      Hi Pooja,

      I too am a beginner for cake making and learnt to make cake on my own. I download 4-5 types of cake recipes from net and made them. You can check my blog (

      They do not look professional. You know ‘Practice makes Perfect’

  • Reply anushruti July 24, 2010 at 6:16 PM

    You get a very nice brown sugar (they call it mineral sugar) in Food Bazar. Its wonderful!

  • Reply Marinated Sweet Roasted Peppers July 24, 2010 at 9:10 PM

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  • Reply Monika August 9, 2010 at 6:24 PM

    Dear shaheen,
    I just came across your blog and i think its brilliant!! Loved the recipes and pored over the Vanilla beans recipes since i have a special interest in them!! The beans you said you bought in Bangalore, in Maison des Gourmets….i supply them!! :-) (BTW, MDG is closed…wrong area with too much rent killed them)
    Anyway the beans are available in Mumbai…Indigo Deli, RR Acharia at Crawford, All the Bombay Store outlets, All Godrej Natures basket outlets, Roman stores, Regalia Plus and Modern stores at Pali Naka.
    In fact after reading your blog i called Arife, but they dont seem to have heard about Vanilla Beans!! Am sending them a mail now.
    Will keep reading your blog…keep going!

  • Reply Rufina August 10, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    hi Shaheen

    Can you tell me where to find Cider Vinegar?

  • Reply Rufina August 10, 2010 at 2:57 PM


    I need to find Cider Vinegar in Mumbai. Can you please advise where to find them

    • Reply hungryformore August 14, 2010 at 5:26 PM

      Try Quality Picnic stores on Linking Road, hard to miss it, just the building next to Metro/Lord shoes

  • Reply kitchen equipment August 24, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    A lengthy, but insightful post! This must’ve taken you ages.
    I hear alot about the KitchenAid and I’m considering getting one myself, just not from the USA. Thanks for the buying tips, they should come in handy. Thanks for sharing!


  • Reply Shok Keng August 26, 2010 at 12:03 PM


    I am so glad I chance upon this blog. Am new to Bombay. Just arrived a month ago. Would like to do some baking in the house. Can you advise where to find shortening and ammonia? Also are there any brands of butter that offer unsalted ones? Thanks.

    • Reply The Purple Foodie September 17, 2010 at 10:42 PM

      Shortening: Try Alfa. Ammonia: Tough luck! Will update you if I do find it. What do you need it for?

      Unalted butters: President and Elle & Vire.

    • Reply Varun (1 Tablespoon Gourmet Catering) September 17, 2010 at 11:02 PM

      Hey Shok,

      You could use Vanaspati in place of shortening. This is found in most grocery stores. Regarding Ammonia I don’t think it is commonly used anymore and can be substituted with baking powder and baking soda, perhaps a combination of the two depending on your recipe.


    • Reply wecd January 16, 2011 at 1:59 PM

      Punjab Sind Dairies (all over bombay) carry ‘White Butter’ which i believe to be ‘Unsalted Butter’

  • Reply sonal August 27, 2010 at 6:15 PM

    hi shaheen,
    read abt u in mid day n hence saw ur blog
    i need to know where can i get fresh yeast in n around vileparle

    • Reply The Purple Foodie September 17, 2010 at 10:43 PM

      Check with your local bakery.

    • Reply Yasmin October 23, 2010 at 6:36 PM

      You can get fresh yeast at Tiffanys , a shop close to Alfa at Irla

  • Reply Yasmin August 28, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    pl. do tell where I can get a jam thermometer
    Also can u not give recipe for tahini paste

    • Reply The Purple Foodie September 17, 2010 at 10:43 PM

      Jam thermometer – don’t know of a local place. Will update when I get to know…

  • Reply suma September 8, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    Hi Shaheen!! So glad to come across your beautiful blog!! Am from Bangalore and found it really tough to figure out where we get baking stuff here. I have a similar section in my blog too. So good to know about baking stuff in Mumbai, and in Bangalore too. Now I have to, have to make a visit to Mumbai:-)).

  • Reply Aditi Kothiyal September 27, 2010 at 11:28 PM

    Hi Shaheen,

    Thanks for this list. I just moved to Bombay from the US and love baking so this website is just what I was looking for :) Do you know where I can get almond extract ( I love using it in my baking)? Also I carried back from Kitchen Aid mixer (well not literally :) and am hoping to be able to use it with a transformer. Will keep you updated on how it goes!


    • Reply GK December 11, 2010 at 2:51 PM

      I have been using an American Kitchen Aid for over 15 yrs with a transformer – No problems with it so far!

  • Reply Kanan September 29, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Hi Shaheen,
    Great post. I love baking but since moving to Bombay from the U.S. last October, I haven’t done much bec I find it incredibly hard to get the right ingredients. Does AP flour exist in India?? I end up using regular flour and for banana nut bread, it turned out just fine but I’m worried what the consistency will be like in cookies and cupcakes. What about confectioner’s sugar for icing? And do you get Callebaut and Valrhona in Bombay? My parents frequent Crawford Market a lot but I have yet to go! Thanks for the all the recommendations – will check out Alfa and Arife soon.

    • Reply The Purple Foodie October 4, 2010 at 9:04 AM

      Hey Kanan,
      The regular maida is what I use as AP flour. For a lighter texture you could sub a tbsp of flour with cornflour and make it cake flour-like.
      Confectioner’s sugar: bluebird
      We get Callebaut quite easily, but not Valrhona.

  • Reply Aruna Mahesh October 6, 2010 at 3:31 PM

    We do not have AP flour here. just go thro the maida packs in supermarkets. just found that ‘madam’ brand maida has protien of 11.5% thats as close to AP. so i assume it is unbleached while the local ones
    are 6.5% close to cake flour and bleached. also you can see a diff in color. the bleached maida is very white.
    Shaheen, where can i seriously get wheat gluten? is there a local name for it?

    • Reply The Purple Foodie October 6, 2010 at 7:46 PM

      You can buy wheat gluten from Crawford Market. Continental Stores in the Crawford Market Map above.

      Thanks for sharing that piece of information.

      • Reply Aruna Mahesh October 8, 2010 at 2:14 PM

        one of these days i need to drag myself to crawford market.

  • Reply Archana October 20, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    Nice blog and great info.
    Could you please tell me where can i get pickeled cucumbers, peppercinis,sweet Onion Sauce in mumbai?


    • Reply The Purple Foodie October 20, 2010 at 3:24 PM

      Hey Archana,

      You can find pickled cucumber and peppers at any super market. Not sure about the onion sauce though.


    • Reply pooja November 25, 2010 at 12:43 AM

      hey.. m looking for sweet onion sauce myself… made an entire day trip to crawfard searching for it… nobody had it… so dont go there.. it will jus b a waste of time… if crawfard market doesnt hav it , i dont know who will
      anywys do let me know if u find it…!!

  • Reply Maya November 11, 2010 at 7:53 PM

    Ur website rocks.. i love baking and was going nuts trying to figure out whr to get all my stuff from.. m gllad i stumbled upon this site…Thanks :-)

  • Reply Priya November 12, 2010 at 8:25 AM

    Hi Shaheen,
    Need some help in buying an oven: am just starting to bake.. though have been reading recipies since i could read.
    Is samsung smart oven a good idea or morpy richard 28 lit okay?
    Any other suggestion?
    Priya Bhardwaj

  • Reply Aparna November 12, 2010 at 10:35 PM

    Shaheen, you can grow mint in pots. Just buy a bunch from the market and make sure some of the stalks have roots or beginnings of roots. Cut of the leaves from the top and plant the bottom bits in a pot and see they’re in the shade.
    My mint is thriving as I write.

    • Reply The Purple Foodie November 12, 2010 at 11:06 PM

      What a coincidence! I just did that this morning :D

      • Reply GK December 11, 2010 at 2:52 PM

        do they start spreading?

  • Reply Anon November 12, 2010 at 10:42 PM

    I bought molasses (a small bottle) for Rs.70 and loose brown sugar (500 gms for Rs.40) from Victory Stores (Crawford market, shop no. 448/449). Also, Arife (I went to the one in Bandra) sells a silicon baking sheet – it’s the flexible sort for around Rs.200. And in case any one wants a bread machine, you can buy one from from Musafirkhana for Rs.3200 (the shop was called ‘Apple’ or something, the brand was ‘Alaska’).

    • Reply The Purple Foodie November 12, 2010 at 11:10 PM

      Thank you for this information! I did see maple syrup and molasses at Victory stores, but since their origin was questionable (the unlabeled bottles scared me, although I do understand that it might be to enable people to buy smaller quantities).

      You get Grandma’s molasses at Eram’s as well as Biscuitwala at Crawford Market.

      Thanks for all the other tips too!

  • Reply Anon November 12, 2010 at 10:57 PM

    And I forgot to ask, do you know where to get rennet and puff pastry sheets? Thanks.

    • Reply The Purple Foodie November 12, 2010 at 11:18 PM

      Puff pastry! Tough luck – I made my own all butter puff pastry. However, you could ask your local baker to give you some of his pastry dough for khari biscuit if you want to experiment with that.

      Rennet: A friend of mine was kind enough to share some capsules with me (I so need to use them ASAP!!)

  • Reply mariam kapadia November 15, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    it was gr8 going thru ur blog…thnkx for all info regarding procuring materials in mumbai. what i would like to know if where do u get vegetable fat (Crisco or any other brand) in mumbai as we need vegetable fat 2 make buttercream icing. if you have an alternate recipe for buttercream icing please do post.


  • Reply pooja November 25, 2010 at 1:02 AM

    hi shaheen…
    i hav to thank u… u hav been such a great help wid all this information…! i had written to u a while bak asking abut baking courses.. n of course i did not find what i was looking for and i hav finally stepped into self teaching… trying and experimenting.. wish me luck…!!
    anywys made a fullfilling trip to crawfard market n got all my tools n ingredients and i went to all the places u hav written abut… it made my trip soooo much more easier… thank u…!!

    i did ask abut for callebaut chocolate at arife and the likes and was told they do not stock it.. so can u plz tel me where u get urs frm…??

    also i am looking for peppermint extract where can i find it…??
    can peppermint oil be used in icing or in cake batters…??

    and when u say rolled fondant at natures basket which area would u be talking abut…?? is there another shop u recommend…?? m having the hardest time getting fondant.. rolled and liquid….!!

    do reply… thanks again….!!

    • Reply pooja November 25, 2010 at 1:14 AM

      hi sry i forgot to ask… where can i get white chocolate…?? also in a recipe dat asks for white chocolate can i use white chocolate chips instead…??

    • Reply mariam kapadia November 25, 2010 at 9:56 AM

      natures basket outlets

  • Reply Medha November 25, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    hi shaheen,
    where will i get cream of tartar? I am planning to make the fluffy cream cheesecake which requires cream of tartar to stabilize the egg whites. I once made the cheesecake without it and the cake sank:(

    • Reply The Purple Foodie December 20, 2010 at 10:49 PM

      I’d spotted it at Sante’s a while ago.

      But I never use it in my cheesecakes and they don’t sink.

      • Reply Anonymous December 21, 2010 at 11:18 AM

        oh.. i found it y’day @victory stores in crawford.

        • Reply Kiara January 27, 2011 at 5:10 PM

          any idea as to where can i get cream of tartar anywhere near malad???or can i possibly get it in hypercity?
          if not, is crawford the only place??

          Kiara =)

  • Reply rajasree November 28, 2010 at 2:29 AM

    Hi Shaheen,

    Can i get Oxo mandoline slicer @ Home Stop? Please let me know.

  • Reply Sheetal November 30, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    Hi There…
    A real pleasure to read your blog and posts. I am an avid baker. Self taught and constantly experimenting

    I read that you use Callebaut chocolate. Where is it available? will be great if you can share that info


  • Reply rooposree sohal December 7, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    trying without luck to find cupcake liners or cookie tray liners in delhi…pls help!…my kids would sure appreciate this…AND ME TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Diana December 8, 2010 at 3:33 PM

    Dear Purplefoodie,
    Must thank you for wealth of information you’ve provided in various blogs. Also you are blessed to be in Mumbai where things are available. Any idea where one can get mixed spice or particularly allspice (internet translation for kebab cheeni)? Its ones ingredient for a christmas cake that I could not find in Pune.
    Muchas gracias,

    • Reply Ruhi December 16, 2010 at 10:45 PM

      Hey Diana,
      Did you get all spice?

      • Reply Diana December 17, 2010 at 5:37 PM

        Hi Ruhi,
        My sister got me Mixed spice powder from Crawford market. I think she got it from Royal foods. A tsp of mixed spice powder costs 10 bucks. Tasted more like garam masala Heheh ;). In the meanwhile I made the powder except for allspice in it. Checkout the recipes for mixed spice.


        • Reply The Purple Foodie December 21, 2010 at 11:33 AM

          You can also find allspice at Victory Stores in Crawford Market as well as Lalbaugh spice market.

  • Reply Rufina December 8, 2010 at 4:26 PM


    What is sour cream and where can i find it…

  • Reply Diana December 10, 2010 at 10:42 PM

    My sis went shopping for baking equipment for me at Crawford today. She knows Crawford market well, but never needed to go to this part of the market. Thanks to this article, I was able to give specific instructions on the shop names, numbers and items I needed on telephone sitting in Pune and referring to this article. In a matter of an hour all shopping is done. I should have the parcel in a day or two. :)

  • Reply Neha December 12, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    Hi Shaheen,

    I made your chocolate chip cookies and they were an instant hit with my family! My aunt just asked me to bake a whole bunch for a lunch party she’s having at her place. So thank you! :)

    I had a quick question though. Like many others before me, I was wondering where to get Callebaut baking chocolate from??

    Also, someone mentioned having an eggless dessert section. If you could do that, it would be awesome!

  • Reply Priya December 13, 2010 at 11:10 AM

    Dear Shaheen,

    Any idea where to get risotto rice in mumbai?


    • Reply Archana December 13, 2010 at 1:11 PM

      you can get it at any big super mkt.
      Last week i saw it at hypercity.

  • Reply Ridhima December 13, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    hi, if you could help me out..where in mumbai can i find almond flour?? or if i have to make almond flour then with skin or without skin is how i should grind it?

    • Reply The Purple Foodie December 21, 2010 at 11:35 AM

      I make my own. That way I know it’s fresh without any additives. I keep the skin on – it’s a lot less cumbersome.

      • Reply Aarti February 10, 2011 at 2:15 PM

        Hi.. I was wondering how you make your own almond flour? i need to make tpt for macaroons, and in the USA you get the sliced blanched almonds that one can make tpt with powcered sugar in a mixer. But in bombay what should we do about that ?

        • Reply Brenda February 12, 2011 at 10:35 PM

          Blanch the almonds in hot water for approx. 5 minutes. Drain and put on a towel and cover with another towel. After a few minutes, rub between two towels to remove the skin. Leave almonds out to dry at room temperature for 5 – 6 hours. (do not put in the oven to dry as this will discolour the flour and change the taste) Powder in a mixer adding a little cornstarch and icing sugar to absorb the moisture so that the powder does not form balls. (For 100 gms of almonds, add 10 gms of cornstarch and 10 gms icing sugar). If powder is still forming balls, you have not dried the almonds enough. If you do not mind the almond skin in the powder (i.e. brownish flour), then you can skip the blanching/drying step, but you will still need to add the cornstarch and icing sugar when powdering inthe mixer. T0 enhance the flavour of your flour you can use almonds and cashew in a 70:30 or 60:40 ratio.

          • Brenda February 12, 2011 at 10:37 PM

            To clarify on the cashew note above, use white cashew (without skin)

  • Reply hema December 20, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    Dear Shaheen,
    I came to know about ur blog in newspaper … i loved ur ur cakes … do u knw wher to find diff types chesse in chennai… and i want to grow herbs in my garden can u tell wer to get the seeds from for basil, lemongrass…
    regds hema

  • Reply asma January 6, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    I’m sure hyoermarkets in Chennai have different cheeses. They have to. I would be shocked if Chennai didn’t have a supply. There are a few kinds of cheese you can make at home – like ricotta, cream cheese, curd cheese etc. For seeds and plants, there’s Ooty where you can find all these plants and seeds.

    • Reply Sudha April 7, 2011 at 3:10 PM


      For all kinds of cheese you should head to Amma naan oppsite ITS Park. And for herbs seeds you can try the State Horticulture nursery behind the US VIsa embassy. You can try there.

      T & R,

  • Reply padmaja January 7, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    Great blog and a fabulous job on lovely I know all about food shopping in Mumbai, Thanks!

  • Reply char January 14, 2011 at 11:52 PM

    Hi Shaheen,
    Its awesome the way youve updated the stuff.

    Can you please tell me where we get vital wheat gluten in,…well, the western suburbs,if i maybe choosy??!!!!!

  • Reply mariam kapadia January 16, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    hi shaheen!

    can u please tell me where can i get corn syrup? id be glad to know..its used to make modelling chocolate.


    • Reply pooja January 20, 2011 at 3:53 PM

      hi mariam, u can get corn syrup light and dark at victory stores , crawford market… !!

      • Reply mariam kapadia January 20, 2011 at 6:00 PM

        thank u pooja

  • Reply char January 18, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    youll get corn syrup at arife in bandra

    • Reply mariam kapadia January 20, 2011 at 6:00 PM

      tjanku char

  • Reply Brenda January 28, 2011 at 2:47 AM


    Does anybody know where you can get instant Pancake mix in Bombay?


    • Reply The Purple Foodie February 11, 2011 at 12:39 AM

      All supermarkets.

      • Reply Brenda February 11, 2011 at 7:26 PM

        Thanks for replying :-) Can you please let me know what brands are available in the regular supermarkets (I ‘m not in Bombay but trying to find it for my parents) – also, do you know where the ‘Aunt Jemina’ brand is available; looking for the ‘only add water’ type of mix.


        • Reply The Purple Foodie February 11, 2011 at 9:56 PM

          Aaah, I see. :) Okay then, depending on where they are they could go to Food Bazaar, Big Bazaar, Godrej Nature’s Basket or Star Bazaar. Betty Crocker is the brand that’s the easiest to access… In fact, even the tiny shop next to their house will be stocking it. Not heard of the Aunt Jemina brand here…

          • Brenda February 12, 2011 at 10:22 PM

            Thanks a milllion :-)

  • Reply Kiara January 30, 2011 at 12:14 AM

    any idea as to where can i get cream of tartar anywhere near malad???or can i possibly get it in hypercity?
    if not, is crawford the only place??
    i tried it in many general stores and even bakery, but couldn’t get it.
    pleasee lemme know.quite in a hurry to get it!!

    Kiara =)

    • Reply mariam kapadia January 30, 2011 at 9:16 AM

      hi kiara!
      cream of tartar is difficult 2 get in india. we can replace it by using baking powder in the same quantity. hope that helps

      • Reply Kiara February 1, 2011 at 2:22 AM

        thanks, but i need cream of tartar.
        Will try in hypercity first if i dont get it there then left with no other option i will have to go to crawford!

        Kiara =]

    • Reply Medha January 30, 2011 at 11:53 AM

      crawford is the only place kiara, i had looked around a lot but never found it anywhere else. U will get it @victory stores in crawford. If u need it for meringues try substituting it for vinergar/lemon juice. Hope this was helpful..

      • Reply Kiara February 1, 2011 at 2:21 AM

        thanks but i need cream of tartar no other substitute would work for me!
        Anyways i will try going to crawford, its quite far away from where i live thats why i wanted to know if i could get it anywhere near malad!
        Could i possibly get it it in hypercity?

      • Reply Kiara February 7, 2011 at 1:51 PM

        Any idea as to how much will cream of tartar cost me?

        • Reply Hemal February 17, 2011 at 11:57 PM

          Cream of tartar is also called as potassium bitartrate which you will easily get at dava bazaar in princess street, mumbai. It comes in 500 gms pack and will cost around Rs 250

  • Reply char January 31, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    vital wheat gluten anyone??……in western suburbs

    • Reply The Purple Foodie February 12, 2011 at 10:40 PM

      At Continental Stores at Crawford Market. Not sure where you will find it in the suburbs.

  • Reply Meg February 10, 2011 at 1:19 AM

    Great Blog Purple Foodie! Have recently moved to Navi Mumbai from Australia with multi allergic daughter. Have you come across any shops with a good range of gluten free, diary free, egg free, soy free products? I have checked out Natures Basket at Powai so far. Specifically on the hunt for non-diary/soy butter or shortening to use in baking.
    Many Thanks!

    • Reply The Purple Foodie February 12, 2011 at 10:46 PM

      Hey Meg, it’s not easy being multi-allergic and living in Bombay, where communicating idea like gluten free and dairy free products to local shop keepers can be a task in itself, given that it’s a relatively new concept here. Having said that, I have seen gluten free products at Nature’s Basket and Hypercity(Malad), but can’t remember anything specific about them right now. Unfortunately, getting your hands on soy butter is gooing to be quite a task. As for shortening, that should be easier – Alfa (Irla, Vile Parle) stocks it, and so do a few local sweet shops – ask them for margarine. Hope this helps.

  • Reply Kiara February 17, 2011 at 12:55 AM

    Hey Shaheen,
    How much did you get cream of tartar for, at sante’s?

    • Reply The Purple Foodie February 17, 2011 at 9:30 AM

      Sorry, didn’t buy it from there.

      • Reply Kiara February 19, 2011 at 3:15 PM

        Haven’t you mentioned about spotting cream of tartar at sante’s.
        Anyways, do you have any idea as to much will i get cream fo tartar for?

  • Reply megh February 21, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    Hi shaheen!
    Simply luv ur blog!!! and its an amazing effort to come up with great details of all the baking material! Am coming down to Mumbai soon ..can u pls let me know where i can buy particularly ‘Callebaut chocolate’? I have tried making the cakes/cookies with hersheys and other brands of baking chocolate but none tasted as ‘chocolatey’ as i wanted it to be! ;-)
    Hope u can help! thanks!! :)

  • Reply Kanan February 27, 2011 at 10:05 PM

    Hi Shaheen,

    Loved all the stuff on your blog! I’m in foodie paradise :) My favourite dessert is Baked Cheesecake (which is rare in Bombay, and I hate the colourful, gelatinous ones!) – three that served it like it should be were…Theobroma, Indigo Deli and Out of the Blue….
    Do you have any recipes for baked cheesecakes? I don’t know where one can find cream cheese, short cake, etc. to make some either…please suggest :)

    • Reply The Purple Foodie February 28, 2011 at 7:17 AM

      Hi Kanan, I do have a cheesecake recipe. Please refer to the recipe list for that. You can find Philadelphia cream cheese at most of the large super markets as well as Alfa, Irla.

  • Reply DouxProject March 6, 2011 at 12:51 AM

    If you’re ever in Bandra, check Danai (I think they run the same bookstore in JW Mariott). They have a few rare cookbooks.

  • Reply Cutting Kahlua March 19, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    Thankyou for the tahini info, I love hummus, but finding the tahini part has been hard for me. So thankyou!!! I will go check Crawford Market.

  • Reply Cutting Kahlua March 19, 2011 at 9:11 PM

    I have looked all over Bombay for celery, I don’t know what its called in Hindi. And I haven’t found it anywhere. Any idea?

    • Reply The Purple Foodie March 20, 2011 at 1:22 AM

      I’m not sure what the Hindi name for it is, but it’s quite easily available. My mom got it from her local bhaji-wala today!

      • Reply The Purple Foodie March 20, 2011 at 1:47 AM

        Hi, a reader was kind enough to mail the following on noticing the discussion. Hope this helps.
        Google says “Ajmud”. The vegetable vendor will probably hand it over to you if you call it “shaleri” , or “Randhuni” though.

        • Reply Shweta Bhatt May 22, 2011 at 1:38 AM

          most of the vegetable vendors sell it as ‘celery’ so shudnt be a problem to get 1.

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  • Reply Rajasree April 26, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    Hi Shaheen,

    Do u know where can i get Wilton & La Crueset products in bangalore? Pls help me in that.

    • Reply Tarun July 3, 2011 at 10:47 AM


      La Crueset products are available in Home Town on Outer Ring Road near the Marathahalli Junction in Bangalore. I can’t remember where else I have seen them – Probably Home Shop. Also Adams, near Russell Market in Shivajinagar, is THE place to go for any kind of kitchen equipment you need ever. Hope this helps.

  • Reply dez May 14, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    where can i get gelatin ‘sheets’ ?
    ps: for all mushroom lovers, weikfield – pune now has fresh portabello mushrooms… Godrej Nature’s basket…. enjoi

    • Reply The Purple Foodie May 15, 2011 at 12:27 PM

      Sorry, I don’t know where you can buy the sheets I hope the Bombay NB also has portobello mushrooms.

  • Reply Dela May 16, 2011 at 2:08 PM


    i am totally in love with your site.

    if you could please help me where i can learn good sugarcrafting

    also where can i get colourful cupcake liners . the ones at arif are very limited

    looking forward to a positive reply



  • Reply Karisma May 18, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    O.M.G !!!!

    I just loooove your site!!!!!!
    I love how you’ve formatted it… its sooo girlishly cute and kitsch at the same time.
    I’m from Bahrain but go to Bombay every year and live quite close to the Crawford market. Lol.. we always bring all kinds of food items with us when ever we come so that the family does not have to pay extra at Crawford.

    I am going to try your garlic butter mushroom this weekend for sure.

    Once again love your website. The food and photography is simply stunning.

  • Reply Shuchita May 31, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Thank you so much for all this info under one roof.
    SO helpful !!!!!

  • Reply char May 31, 2011 at 11:46 PM

    can someone pl help me where can i get balsamic vinegar in mumbai in the western suburbs pl……….and what brand do i pick up

    • Reply Cooking Foodie June 10, 2011 at 3:33 PM

      Hypercity has balsamic vinegar…
      I am price sensitive customer so i usaually go for the cheapest bottle which is aged a little. Fresh BV is the cheaper and the price goes higher as you go for aged ones…
      Try a few types till you find the one tht you like…

  • Reply Char June 1, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    n vital wheat gluten plllll

  • Reply jaded June 21, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    Any idea where I can get good couscous? Natures Basket sells only the instant flavoured one

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  • Reply GK July 3, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    Where can I get Le Crueset products in Delhi?

  • Reply Sasha July 4, 2011 at 12:04 AM

    What a great list!

    I will be spending the fall in Bombay and am currently in the planning/super excited stage. I am certain that this list will come in handy.

  • Reply Rufina July 4, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    hi Shaheen

    I am looking to invest in a oven for commercial baking from my home. Can you please suggest an oven which would allow me to bake atelast 2 cakes at one go.

    I am curently using my Electrulux Convection Microwave which works very well. However dosent allow me to use Muffins trays, cookie trays etc. And obviously 2 cake pans.

    Also where can i pick up the Kitchen Aid in Mumbai

  • Reply anuj juneja July 10, 2011 at 11:06 PM

    where can i find kale in mumbai?

    • Reply The Purple Foodie July 11, 2011 at 8:43 AM

      I spotted Chinese Kale at the Trikaya shop at Crawford Market last week.

  • Reply Aruna Mahesh July 11, 2011 at 9:36 PM

    hi Saheen,
    where can i find lecithin powder or liquid (either veg or egg) in mumbai?
    this post was very helpful for my visits to crawford. thanx a lot.

  • Reply Alpana July 13, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    Hi Shaheen,

    I am new to the world of blog although I have been cooking & baking for years. I came across your blog recently & luv the way u present things. Above u have mentioned that u absolutely detest using food colours….same is with me…..I just try to avoid using food colours….& as far as red colour is used for red velvet cup cakes or pink for frosting etc. I would suggest using the juice of a fresh beetroot for red colour & using just 2-4 drops for a pink frosting, this would be absolutely natural & nourishing as Beet has a very rich nutritional value.
    Do visit my very young blog : & your suggestions & comments will be appreciated.
    Keep Blogging:

    Alpana Rana

  • Reply Amanda July 14, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    hi, where can you buy callebaut chocolate in mumbai? ive bin using selbourne and lindt bitter for dark! but find it really expensive1 please help! thanks!

  • Reply Aarti July 26, 2011 at 5:03 PM


    Your website is amazing….Its an inspiration for people like me who have recently started making birthday cakes. And getting ingredients for the same has been a tough task for me. I am living in Salem, Tamil Nadu. Having difficulty in getting products like Philadelphia cream cheese, ready made cake mixes etc
    I will be grateful if you can let me know of a wholesaler who can provide me the ingredients.
    Please have peep into my facebook account ‘Creative cakes’.


  • Reply Rintu July 28, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Looking for merri white powder (dried egg white powder- for royal icing) desperately. Any idea?

    • Reply mariam July 28, 2011 at 2:27 PM

      U can make royal icing with fresh egg whites also. U dont specifically need egg white powder.:-)

  • Reply Aanchal July 30, 2011 at 1:23 AM

    ur website is a real help to all those who are passionate about cooking.
    could u please let me know where can i buy callebaut in mumbai? i have been searching for it since long.


    • Reply yasmin July 30, 2011 at 2:50 PM

      Hi Aanchal
      For callebaut choc yr best bet would be crawford market–recently I had been to Pune & got caalebut frm Dorabjees

  • Reply Aanchal July 30, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    Thx but ariffe has selbourne by callebaut. Not the original Barry callebaut. Also if u cud help me where to buy a good quality vanilla essence as I need one soon. Have made my own which will take time. Thanks a ton.

  • Reply hema August 1, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    can we make cream cheese at home??? how to make it???

  • Reply Neeta August 6, 2011 at 10:34 PM

    Hi Shaheen,
    could you pl tell me if Arife has cup cake liners–I don’t mean the silicone ones–I want the paper ones in different colours and designs-like u get abroad

  • Reply Ali August 9, 2011 at 12:04 AM

    Hi Shaheen,

    I love your website. The research and effort that has gone into preparing it is absolutely phenomenal.

    Here is some useful information for your bakeware section. There is this great place i know of in Mumbai, which is a one stop shop for all your bakeware needs. They also have a large range of bread baking pans along with cake pans if your into baking your very own home made bread. They can also customize the pans to best suit your needs. You could visit their website @ Hope this helps :)

    For the aroma of something being baked in all its exquisiteness, wish you all the very best… Ali

  • Reply Niharika Jolly August 17, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    Hi Shaheen,
    I follow your instructions whenever I need to buy ingredients. Needed rolling fondant urgently. Tried Nature’s Basket and various other places. Unsuccessful!!! After all that, discovered there’s an Arife in Bandra Linking Rd, opposite shopper’s stop and they are a baker’s paradise as you’ve mentioned. Well they have rolling fondant for Rs.420 for 750 gm.

    • Reply mariam August 17, 2011 at 7:19 PM

      Hi niharikka,
      U can make ur own fondant at home n its far cheaper

      • Reply Susan November 11, 2011 at 11:30 AM

        Marium, can you please let me know how to make fondant at home?

  • Reply aliasgar August 24, 2011 at 1:24 AM

    hi shaheen
    this site is a gr8 job .
    dont really think any one knows where to get stuff related to baking and cooking .
    i also sugesst that every body checks out saria stove depot as we have now extended our product line way past just dick knives and ramikens .
    we also have a new line of italian ccokware and three more brands of professional knives and have also started stocking storage glass jars from italy .
    we are also expecting our new stock of baking accesories and moulds soon so hope u could come by and check that out before you leave .
    best of luck and regards

  • Reply aliasgar August 24, 2011 at 2:53 AM

    that was suppossed to be places like u do as u know most of the places they also happen to be the places where u get the best quality also

  • Reply Medha August 27, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Hey i just found out a place to buy candy and cooking thermometers in mumbai. Their website is, and the owner Mr Hemal Dewda(phone numbers: 022 27666033 / 27664080, 9820075120) is a very helpful person. He guides you well on various uses of different thermometers. There is a vast variety to choose from. The office is located in vashi, navi mumbai, but they do give home delivery as well.

  • Reply Jessica Lewis August 27, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    It was great to find your website. A lot of my quesions about baking have already been answered. However, I would really like to know if theres any shop in Delhi as well.

  • Reply Shana September 3, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Love your website, have been trying out your wonderful recipes for some time.
    I am looking for edible paper / icing sheets to print on with edible ink. any idea where I can get this in Mumbai?

    • Reply khan September 21, 2011 at 12:13 PM

      hey any luck with the edible frosting sheets or any similar options? also where can i get them printed? i need to make a gift for my frnds birthday…..pls help.!!

      • Reply mariam September 21, 2011 at 1:11 PM

        from what i know about edible paper is that you dont get them loose. if you want to print some photo and put in on the cake you can call and ask local cake shops like monginis, celejor, etc and ask if they can print one sheet for you. they will charge you for that print ofcourse but do check with them if the colours will come same as the picture.

        hope this helps

  • Reply hungryformore September 4, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Hi Shaheen,
    Where would I get some whole wheat flour/multigrain flour, stores normally hand over the pilsbury brand etc. Also if you could tell me where I could get some of the whole grains (linseed, rye etc) wheatgerm, rolled oats? Would appreciate your help.

    • Reply The Doux Project November 17, 2011 at 10:42 AM


      You should check Neelam’s in Khar, Bandra. He stocks all kinds of flour.

  • Reply Archana September 21, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Nice list

  • Reply ESTHER September 23, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Just bumped into this one..being a food stylist myself…it was pretty neat to go through ur blog..beautiful pics..and a whole lot of info..Keep at it…:)

  • Reply Kaushali October 21, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Hi Shaheen, I think this is a very handy list. where do I find the “Barry Callebeaut” chocolate in Mumbai.


  • Reply aneeta October 21, 2011 at 11:13 PM

    hey shaheen…. actually im looking for fresh ricotta n cream cheese…. i want to bake cheese cake!! and these are like the main ingredient…. can u suggest me where shd i buy??kindly help.. :)

  • Reply Rashmi October 25, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    Hi….love your site…it helped me a lot when i went to crawford market. Knew excatly where the shops were and was out of there in a jiffy! :)
    I’d like to know where we can get unsalted butter (looked for amul unsalted…seems like it doesnt exist!!) I know we get lurpak now a days but its just too expensive. Any suggestions? Recipes like shortbread cookies insist on unsalted butter.
    Also, how do we make whipped cream? I used a ready made one (Pillsbury), whipped it up but it wasnt good. Thanks.

    • Reply The Doux Project November 17, 2011 at 10:46 AM

      Hi Rashmi,

      Unsalted Amul butter doesn’t exist! I wish it did. You could try using margarine I suppose but it wont be as rich. You should buy whipped cream from any milk centre. You also get double cream by the litre at Arife in Bandra opposite Shoppers Stop by the name of Tropolite.

  • Reply Swati October 30, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    Hi Shaheen…I am totally inspired by your blog and even i m planning to pen down my culinary experiments onto a blog…..i m stuck with a few things and i really need your help……first which word press theme do you use?? i previewed a few but i am not satisfied :( ….. i am even confused about the widgets to use…

    Secondly do you have any idea about finding the baking ingredients in Delhi/NCR. I am totally stuck with finding them. Though I have managed to convince a few ppl to get stuff for me from various places like vanilla pods from banglore etc etc…but things like lavender … blueberries…I would really appreciate if you could help me out with this..

    Just one thing — your link to mesure correctly does not work…please do check that out…

    waiting in anticipation… :)

    • Reply The Purple Foodie November 2, 2011 at 1:10 AM

      I use Thesis. Figuring out WordPress takes a little while, but once you play around you’ll get more comfy. Sorry, can’t help with Delhi. Will fix the measure correctly link – thanks!

  • Reply Momchef November 1, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    hi.. this is indeed a treasure trove of info for Mumbaikars.. Checked out Arife in Crawford market.. but he didnt seem to have most things I needed at that point (candy thermometer, ramekins, etc).. Even Shoppers stop/ hypercity seems to be on low supply of baking stuff. any info on this wud be greatly appreciated!


  • Reply CC November 4, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Hi Shaheen,
    Love your website… I’ve been going nuts trying to source out carob powder and chips in Mumbai. Any leads?

  • Reply Donna Kent November 8, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    I am trying to find the cupcake boxes with the cut outs on top or even ones that are 4 inches tall…any recommondations?

  • Reply OrchidVN November 11, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Thanks for all of this information! So helpful. I live in Bandra. I am not much of a foodie, so a lot of what I’m looking for is the American pre-made, ready-to-eat kind of stuff that was readily available in Bangkok, where I was just living, but seems harder to get here. I hate to add more questions, but….do you know where I can get:

    -canned or fresh pumpkin to make a pie (or orange sweet potatoes)
    -Chicken/veggie/beef stock in boxes or cans, like Swanson’s or Campbell’s (yes, I know I can also make it!)
    -graham cracker crust
    -Nilla wafers
    -vegetable shortening, such as Crisco
    -spicy or mild Italian sausage links, like Johnsonville, to put in lasagna (frozen)
    -frozen whipped topping or canned whipped cream

    Thanks in advance:)

  • Reply char November 11, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    HI ,where can i get phyllo sheets in mumbai…pl help!!
    u can get sausages at natures basket, actually that would be your best bet for most things,on hill road….
    you should look around for someone who can supply you stock on a regular basis,you know many home suppliers

  • Reply nandini November 15, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    i love your blog! it is so refreshing to finally find a really sumptuous indian food blog. the ingredients are gettable! thank you for this extensive list of ingredient sources. now all i need is a trip to bombay :)


  • Reply Meenal November 18, 2011 at 8:35 AM

    Hey Shaheen…where exactly are these places…Modern…Regal & Big Sam’s Seafood???…Thanks in advance :D…

  • Reply tarini November 21, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    thanx for all the info! any idea of where to get cranberries in mumbai?? i cant seem to find them. also, how do you make fondant?

    • Reply The Purple Foodie November 21, 2011 at 10:16 PM

      From magfer_67:
      If from Bandra-Nature’s Basket on Hill Rd, If from Santacruz (west)-Society stores, off S.V. Rd, opp PH medical, if from Vile Parle-Ruchi & all other dry fruit stores. Arife Andheri SV Rd also stocks it

  • Reply Rufina November 24, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    I am looking to invest in a oven for commercial baking from my home. Which would be better a Built in Oven or a cooking range. Any suggestions?
    I am curently using my Electrulux Convection Microwave which works very well. However dosent allow me to use Muffins trays, cookie trays etc. And obviously 2 cake pans.

    Also where can i pick up the Kitchen Aid in Mumbai

  • Reply Amatuer November 25, 2011 at 7:34 AM

    I am new to baking and new to mumbai :) Can you suggest which chocolate chips to use…and where to buy them .

  • Reply Monika November 26, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Hi shaheen,

    I was looking through the list of stores and noticed that you’ve added a note on Natures Basket stores saying the vanilla beans are not pulpy so dont buy!!! I supply under the brand Very Vanilla, selling for the last 6 years: it is highest quality, export A grade Vanilla beans, stored in glass tubes to preserve its quality. I would request you to please check it out again for the quality. It is also the same one that you mentioned you picked up in Bangalore at Maison des Gourmets

    • Reply Gracy March 14, 2012 at 6:20 AM

      Hello Shaheen,
      What a wealth of information. Appreicate your hard work.
      Re vanilla beans “Very Vanilla” supplied by Monika, r they available online. If so may i have the address, tel. nos. etc.

      Thank u and Regards


      • Reply Monika March 16, 2012 at 10:01 AM

        I don’t sell vanilla online, but do tell me where you are and i’ll see if i can direct you. My id is
        Ph: +91 98450 40244
        Do get in touch,

  • Reply Anandi November 28, 2011 at 3:01 AM

    Muuaaaahhh:* for all the info. I am going to visit these places and stock up my pantry…thankyou so so much. will get back to you with my cooking now:D

  • Reply Aalima November 28, 2011 at 1:33 PM


    I just wanted to say thank you for the list with shops regarding bakingsupplies. Im from holland and things here get quite expensive. But how fortunate am I that my parents planned a trip to Mumbai, and now i can give them my shoppinglist and tell them where they can get it!



  • Reply ninad November 29, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    hi, kudos on a terrific blog.
    i’d be forever indebted to you if u could tell me where i could score some Rennet in mumbai/india.

    • Reply Brenda November 30, 2011 at 9:07 PM

      Found this on the internet…hope this helps:


      M/s. Arun & Co.,

      2C, Kitab Mahal 1st Floor,

      192, Dr. D.N. Road,

      Bombay – 400001.

      Phones : 2044026, 2047224, 2047928.

      • Reply Dez December 27, 2011 at 8:01 AM

        Wrong telephone numbers…. Was so excited when I saw this post, do u think you could source out the correct tel.nos.? Thanx

        • Reply Brenda January 21, 2012 at 6:53 PM

          Maybe those number are from when Bombay’s phone numbers were 7 digits. Most numbers just had a 2 tacked on a the beginning……eg. 2204-4026. You could try that. Though, I did a search for Arun & Co. in Mumbai and found this website : Don’t know if it is the same one, but they do make enzymes. Not sure if they sell to a retail customer.

  • Reply shuchita December 1, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    thanks shaheen for the latest updates ;)
    u r an angel !

  • Reply delicia December 1, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    super duper… you are a god-send

  • Reply Anandi December 3, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    hi Shaheen, Any idea where I can buy cooking chocolate? Many recipes mention cooking chocolate and I have no idea where to buy them!

    • Reply abhilasha bajpai January 16, 2012 at 9:24 AM

      Hi Anandi, You can buy callebaut from Deltanutritives their contact details are:
      Smita Dandekar
      Delta Nutritives Pvt. Ltd.
      Ph NO : 022- 67357707
      They will even home deliver it for you.

      • Reply anandi February 25, 2012 at 2:45 PM

        Thankyou so much.

  • Reply manisha December 7, 2011 at 8:13 AM


    Thnx for all the valuable advise for bakers in mumbai….i am desperately looking for a good stand mixer in mumbai would you know any place in mumbai from where i can buy one…have tried all kinds of websites who supply to hotels but all in vain…..had seen some at US this summer but as u said that lugging it all the way and then uncertainity of where to get it serviced from (if needed) kept me away from all the effort….

    Please help????


    • Reply Medha December 7, 2011 at 9:54 AM

      Hey Manisha…i too was looking for a good stand mixer…after a lot of thinking i am buying the Kenwood Titanium Chef. It comes with a couple of attachments like liquidiser/food processor etc. I am buying one from UK next week, since i am travelling there, but you can get the same one here in Mumbai @matrix distributors. I am buying the main machine in uk and the rest of the attachments in mumbai. These guys take care of the servicing part too. Here are the details:
      Umesh Sathe –
      Matrix Distributor (P) Ltd,
      16 Anand Estate,
      189-A Sane Guruji Marg,
      Chinchpokli Mumbai-400011
      Tel No: 022-3004061
      Mob: 09702027675

      Hope that helped :)

  • Reply Charul Ajmera December 7, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    U have no idea how glad am I to see this post! Was looking for bake supplies in Mumbai and came to your blog.. this is the first post that I am reading.. and I already love you! Thanks so very much for the detailed info!
    I am a new to Mumbai, beginner at baking for whom you have made things very easy! Thanks again.

  • Reply Shalini Jain December 12, 2011 at 7:08 AM

    Thanks a lot. The information has been really really hellpful.

  • Reply Gracy Machado December 12, 2011 at 8:12 AM

    Thank u for all the info. A query though, is wheat gluten available in Mumbai

    • Reply Hemal Sawant December 12, 2011 at 9:05 AM

      wheat gluten available at crawford market, at continental..the same store where you get the instant yeast

      • Reply SUSHMA March 26, 2012 at 3:33 PM

        is it d same flour used for seitan

  • Reply Pradeep December 14, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    I am offering Selbourne Dark Compound at Vashi Navi Mumbai

  • Reply Blessy December 15, 2011 at 7:37 AM

    Thank you soooo much Shaheen for sharing this information.. I love baking cakes but I have been really struggling to find baking supplies in Mumbai. Thanks to you I now know where to go and pick up stuff.. Thank you :)

  • Reply Vivek Dumbre December 16, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    Wow!!!! The update is terrific,almost all ingredients are listed,THNX:)

  • Reply tia December 19, 2011 at 7:58 AM

    hello in process of setting up my own cookies and chocolate export unit in mumbai…looking for places where i can buy cardboard boxes, butter paper, packaging materials etc in wholesale for the same…please help me in case anyone has information regarding the same…thanks

    • Reply Pitsy January 14, 2012 at 7:46 PM

      Hello Tia,
      You could try Arife at Andheri West, its almost next to the station. They sold cardboard boxes and the works in wholesale the last time i checked.
      Hope this helps. :)

      • Reply Amar January 20, 2012 at 2:11 PM

        Arife Bandra too sells boxes and packing materials.

  • Reply pritam December 20, 2011 at 4:09 AM

    plz advise me on where to get breadcrumbs in mumbai?

    • Reply Sweta February 25, 2012 at 2:31 PM

      A store at dadar “Highlight” Near Gokhale Road South end has started keeping it nowadays.

  • Reply pooja December 20, 2011 at 9:04 PM

    love the latest update. thanks a ton :D

  • Reply Garvit December 26, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Went to Alfa the other day to get chocolate and what the guy gave me was Morde Chocolate Compound. Can anyone please guide me on what kind of chocolate substitute is it and should I be using it ? Thanks…

  • Reply Madhu December 27, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Checking in from Kochi … what we get is chocolate crap, the morde brand and something else. Unfortunately the ingredient lists begin with sugar, hydrogenated fats/palmolein, THEN cocoa solids…. The difference in flavor is palpable if you’ve had foreign chocolates. I use it in my cooking classes as I have to use locally available materials. But am hoping to source better chocolate soon…
    The compound is a block right? You can use it melted or grated etc but it doesn’t have a good finish or flavor. There’s a paste compound too which I’m not sure how one uses.. maybe a filling? Hope this helps ?

    • Reply Garvit January 21, 2012 at 2:29 PM

      Thanks Madhu

  • Reply Revati January 3, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Ok, so I’m posting here hoping I’ll find an answer. I just bought a blow torch (got it real cheap too!) from Paris (Yes, I just read that you get it at Lohar Chawl now, hmpf). So the instructions on it, say I’m to use Butane Gas to fill it. Where on earth can I get this? HELP.

    • Reply The Purple Foodie January 3, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      Depending on the type of torch you have you can buy gas cans to refill from Lohar Chawl. Ali of Saria Steel tells me I can fill it up at a paanwala as well (same gas that’s used for lighters) – haven’t tried it, but if you do let us all know!

  • Reply Khyati January 6, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    hi am looking for pooh bear pan of Wilton. any blue where can i get in Mumbai

    • Reply The Doux Project January 16, 2012 at 9:04 AM

      Hey Khyati,

      I’ve seen several cartoon cake pans at Arife in Bandra. You should definitely look there.

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  • Reply abhilasha bajpai January 16, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Hi Shaheen,
    Thanks a ton for this post and update….this is super helpful :)
    In case you would like to add to your update there is this another shop on the Khar Link road by the name of Quality Picnic where you can find most of the following things:
    – most dry fruits including pine nuts, pecans, dried cranberries & blueberries
    – almost all kinds of dried mushrooms like portobello, shiitake, porcini, (he even stocks the Rs. 20000 a kg kind of mushrooms)
    – all kind of cheeses like Philadelphia cream cheese, mascarpone, mozzarella, gouda etc and at much better rates than even crawford.
    – frozen phyllo sheets, wonton sheets, samosa patty sheets, spring roll sheets etc
    – Canned berries or pie fillings (american garden and mother’s maid)
    – Chinese sauces including Chinese cooking wine
    – morde, selbourne chocolates and compounds, cake decorators like sprinkles etc
    and a lot more….

  • Reply abhilasha bajpai January 16, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    hey wanted to clarify that i am not marketing for them, just that i had a lot of problem sourcing good chocolate when i started baking so thought this may be of help to you.. :)

  • Reply Amar January 16, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Any idea where I can get ingredients for making Fondant or even pre-made Fondant in Mumbai. Your kind advice will be appreciated.

  • Reply delicia January 16, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    you can get 1kg fondant packs from arife – bandra/andheri if you are in bombay

    • Reply SUSHMA March 26, 2012 at 3:37 PM

      cooooooool andheri where exactly?

  • Reply Kalyani January 16, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    wonderful updates… Thanks to Abhilasha too for the updates.. Am also looking for good quality tutti frutti (candied peel – not covered with crstallised sugar), puff pastry sheets and sheets to make spring rolls..
    any info on this would be highly appreciated…

    • Reply abhilasha bajpai January 17, 2012 at 5:16 AM

      Hey Kaylani, you can get candied Orange & Lemon peel (not covered with crystallized sugar) at Arife and sheets for Spring rolls at Quality Picnic on Khar Link rd. no. 022-26465335. Haven’t been able to find puff pastry anywhere yet…(btw making candied peel is extremely easy in case you would like to try it at home..i always make them)

  • Reply Shikha January 18, 2012 at 6:10 AM

    Hi ,

    I am very much interested in learning professional baking and cake decorations with fondant and Chocolate. I am trying to find classes for the same but I am unable to find any professional one. I found one but they have the classes in Delhi, and they have like a months course. I am a banker and looking for weekend classes. Can anyone please help me with it


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  • Reply Medha January 19, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Hello…for all those looking for baking supplies in Navi Mumbai…i just found out an amazing place…here are the details…I am not marketing for them…its just that i was happy to find something nearby…don’t have to travel to crawford or bandra anymore…they also have parchment paper…
    Heera Mani Packaging
    Shop no. 1 & 38, Merchant Chamber, Sector 19, APMC market, Vashi
    Phone no. : 022 27880007
    I think they do home deliver as well…
    Hope this helps :)

  • Reply rajkumar Indore January 19, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    hi friends if u r in Indore MP go & get most of the above items @ daddys kitchen new palasia.!!!

  • Reply Anurag January 20, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Hi Guys, I have heard some people talk about getting these fantastic baking products like puff pasty from Modern in Mumbai. Could someone please share where this shop is in Mumbai?


    • Reply Amar January 20, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      Modern Chemist
      Also sells bakery stuffs and what not.

      Address :
      Dhiraj Arcade, Pali Naka, Next To 5 Spice And Punjab Sweet House, Bandra West, Mumbai – 400050

      • Reply Anurag January 20, 2012 at 2:04 PM

        Thanks Amar…

        • Reply Amar January 20, 2012 at 2:07 PM

          It’s my pleasure! ;-)

  • Reply Amar January 21, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    What is Mascarpone! Any simple recipe which can be made at home or can be bought from shop in Mumbai?

    • Reply rajkumar Indore January 22, 2012 at 1:38 PM

      Mascarpone is type of cheese often used in cakes ,it comes in 500gm tub
      U may get it in hypercity malad,I call from sweet stuff(wholeseller)
      opp J W mariot hotel juhu mumbai

    • Reply The Purple Foodie January 23, 2012 at 10:06 AM

      There’s a recipe right here! Homemade Mascarpone Recipe!

      • Reply Amar January 23, 2012 at 5:11 PM

        Thanks Ma’am

      • Reply Amar January 23, 2012 at 5:12 PM

        Thanks Buddy

  • Reply Madhu January 23, 2012 at 4:52 AM

    Mascarpone can be made at home. Check out web recipes. You need fresh cream, a candy thermometer and time. I did for making tiramisu and it came out quite well. Will try to buy and compare homemade to imported one of these days..

    • Reply Amar January 23, 2012 at 5:13 PM

      Thanks Madhu

  • Reply Curious January 23, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    I wanted to find a place where I can buy the base (wafer/baked) which I can use to make a strawberry cheese tart. Is there a place to buy incase I dont want to bake it myself ?

  • Reply nidhi January 31, 2012 at 6:45 AM

    Where can I find gluten(for making breads at home) in Mumbai
    Where can I get pasta maker(atlas or imperia)in Mumbai?

  • Reply Sneha January 31, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    its soo gud to find information abt food..:)..can anyone plz heip me with gumpaste and sugarcraft classes in pune..have found some in delhi and nt in pune..plz help.

    • Reply Amar January 31, 2012 at 6:12 PM

      you said found gumpaste and sugarcraft classes in Mumbai. Can u tell me where it is in Mumbai. I found 2-3 classes in Delhi, but unable to find 1 in Mumbai as well as Pune.

      • Reply maithili April 29, 2012 at 7:25 AM

        information on gumpaste classes in mumbai plzzzzzzzzzz

    • Reply Riddhi March 29, 2012 at 10:22 AM

      Hi, for gumpaste and sugarcraft class in pune…pls contact ashwini sarabhai 9673332880….or visit her website

  • Reply Amar January 31, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Any idea how to bake cake in Microwave. I got Godrej Microwave and it has convection. But I am always unable to bake it right. I always pre-heat and bake at 170 degrees C. The top portion of the cake get cooked where as the inner portion is still uncooked. When I bake untill the inner part is cooked, the upper layer get almost burnt. I just want to know what is the problem. My proportion of Ingredients are :
    4 Eggs (200 gms),
    Maida / Wheat Flour – 200 gms.
    200 gms – Sugar
    200 gms butter
    1 tblsp – Baking powder.
    1 tblsp. – Vanilla Essence
    if the batter is thick, I add little milk
    Need your help plz.

    • Reply Anon January 31, 2012 at 7:48 PM

      This happens to me whenever I use a small baking tin. Try a baking tin with a bigger diameter, so that the layer of cake batter is thinner. I find it best to use the (baking tin) diameter that the recipe mentions. And even if the cake isn’t cooked through, when you put it back in the oven for baking, reduce the temperature the second time so that the top doesn’t get burnt.

      • Reply Amar February 1, 2012 at 10:22 AM

        That could be the reason. I used a small baking tray with a height of abt. 3-4 inches. Will have to purchase the larger.
        Thanks a ton Anon. Where you from? I am from Mumbai, India.

  • Reply Amar February 4, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Any Idea where to buy chocolate (Morde, Selborne, Marco, etc.) at wholesale price in Mumbai.

    • Reply rajkumar Indore February 5, 2012 at 2:17 PM

      morarjidevi and sons crawfard market phoe-23424450
      here u can get all morde n selborne ,I m not sure about marco

      • Reply Amar February 5, 2012 at 2:50 PM

        Thanks Mr. Rajkumar

    • Reply aaryan February 21, 2012 at 4:59 PM

      hey i have checked the price for chocolates…but the best price is offered at arife stores crawford market or at bandra

  • Reply Mehboob Sadicote February 12, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Thanks for the update and all the research Shaheen, this is now the most comprehensive guide for any cooking enthusiast, amateur or professional. I am going to print out a hard copy of this page as a reference.

  • Reply Amar February 16, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Hi !

    Any idea where I can get Gelatin and Food Color?



    • Reply abhilasha bajpai February 17, 2012 at 5:39 AM

      Hi Amar,
      You can get Gelatin and wilton food colour both at Arife Lamoulde

      • Reply amar February 18, 2012 at 6:16 PM

        Hi Abhilasha,

        Thanks for ur advice.


  • Reply asha February 16, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Thanks for this one… where can i find the fresh yeast you mentioned? the vaccum pack?
    also where can i buy ramekins?

  • Reply Rufina February 17, 2012 at 6:43 AM

    Hi Shaheen

    I am planning to start baking commercially from home and need some urgent advice on which oven to use. I need to be able to bake at 2 cakes at a time or a big batch of muffins.
    I ahve been suggested the 40 ltrs bajaj OTG, but would i be able to bake 2 cakes at the same time.
    I am confused between a OTG, Built in Oven and a cooking range

    please suggest



    • Reply Gayatri April 24, 2012 at 1:18 PM

      The 40-litre Bajaj is really bad… only one coil comes on at a time and it’s fan-assisted, but that leads to uneven baking (cakes get browner at the back much sooner).

  • Reply Suman Jung February 20, 2012 at 7:43 AM

    Hello Purple Foodie! Love your blog. Found a “Kid-in-a-candy-store-shop” in Delhi on my last visit. CCDS Bakers Warehouse is a one stop shop for everyhting—they are exclusive Wilton and KitchenAid distributors……….i ran out of money but my list did not get exhausted:) They ship all over india….website:
    Thank uyou so much for this lovely post

    • Reply Amanda February 20, 2012 at 8:23 AM

      Hi suman is it a store that you can browse at or do you need to shop online?

      • Reply Suman Jung March 6, 2012 at 5:20 PM

        Hi Amanda
        It is a proper store, they also ship if you email them.

  • Reply Sweta February 25, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Where can I find cooking butter in Mumbai? No supermarket or daily grocery or stores have it. Tried all.. any ideas please.

    • Reply anandi February 25, 2012 at 2:46 PM

      Hi Sweta,

      Cooking Butter is available at Hypercity Malad and at Spencer’s Inorbit Mall, Malad too.

      • Reply Sweta February 28, 2012 at 4:20 AM

        Thanks Anandi for the info but Malad is too far for me. :(

  • Reply maithili March 7, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    can u plz tell me where can i find unsalted butter and sour cream in mumbai???? n can i substitute margarine for unsalted butter in any recipe or there are margarine specific recipes?????

    • Reply Swati March 9, 2012 at 1:50 PM

      You’ll find unsalted butter at any Jai hind dairy outlet. There are several of those all over Mumbai. Hypercity, Malad also stocks Jai hind dairy products. You may find sour cream there.

      • Reply maithili March 13, 2012 at 7:54 PM

        thanks alot…. :)

  • Reply Archana March 9, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Could you please give me Food Spot address?

  • Reply Archana March 13, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    Hi Shaheen,
    Could you please give food spot address please?
    Thanks in advance.

  • Reply Gracy March 14, 2012 at 6:40 AM

    Hi there shaheen,
    I would very much like to buy a book on convection baking. Any idea if there are any out there. Thanks

  • Reply Gracy March 14, 2012 at 7:42 AM

    Hi Shaheen,

    Should read as cookbook on microwave/convection baking


  • Reply SUSHMA March 20, 2012 at 4:04 PM


  • Reply Blessy March 26, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Arife @ Ghatkopar… Just found out that Arife has a new branch opened at Ghatkopar East.. I was super thrilled about it cause it’s just a station away from where I stay :)

    Their address is : Unit one, Next to ICICI Direct, Opp.Vodafone Store, Patel Chowk, Ghatkopar (E) Mumbai.
    Contact No. 9819929953
    Mon-Sat -10am to 9pm
    I had gone down there today to buy a lot of things, its very close to Ghatkopar station.. They have most of the stuff like cake boxes & bases, cake pillars, cooking chocolates, chocolate boxes, chocolate moulds, Mousse cups, sizzler plates, baking pans, Essences, Cocoa powder, Fondant, Sugar gum paste, Fondant cutters, icing nozzles and piping bags, cupcake stands, Cream, unsalted butter, Edible Disney sheets, Transfer sheets, Cake mixes and a lot of other stuff…

  • Reply SUSHMA March 29, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    any place in mumbai keepin vegetarian ready made sugar fondant/gumpaste

    • Reply dhwani June 18, 2012 at 10:18 AM

      ready maade sugar fondant at arife

      • Reply Suman Jung July 12, 2012 at 9:28 AM

        CCDS in New Delhi is exclusive distributor of Satin Ice the worlds best vegetarian fondant. They ship all India.

  • Reply Anandi March 29, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Is vanilla extract different from vanilla essence?

  • Reply SUSHMA March 30, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    jus spoke to d guy at arife in ghatkopar n he says dat he has no store in bandra or andheri …………only liscensed stores r crawford,ghatkopar n mulund

    • Reply Amar April 14, 2012 at 8:28 AM

      He must be duplicate Arife. You can check their website

      • Reply sarim May 7, 2012 at 4:34 PM

        lol no…confrmd

      • Reply sudha August 23, 2012 at 7:10 PM

        i visited the arife in vashi 2 weeks back looks there is some family feud which made the bothers go separate ways ..the vashi owner said they have only 1 branch in here teh other vashi …the others are nt theirs ..the other branches said teh same thing

  • Reply Amar April 14, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    Simple stand mixer is also available at Croma (Croma Brand) for less than Rs. 2500/-

  • Reply Erica April 20, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Where’s modern?

    • Reply abhishek May 7, 2012 at 4:39 PM

      i have been to morden store….they are very expensive and rude (they sell expirie or back batch stuff plus expensive beware)….i prefer Arife is the best and cheap….)this was my experince thats y i am sharing

  • Reply Erica April 20, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Where’s modern store?

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  • Reply Gayatri April 28, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Arife doesn’t have candy thermometers anymore… I looked everywhere, and finally got one from ServeSafe ( in Vashi. I got the basic analog one, which is Rs. 1,100, but they have digital ones too. They also keep oven thermometers.

    Oh, and baking parchment is also available at Amol Papers ( in Worli.

  • Reply maithili April 29, 2012 at 7:19 AM

    where can i find chocolate vermicelli in mumbai, preferably central mumbai.

  • Reply Amar May 2, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Where can I find different size of eggs. In some recipes, they mention large eggs for making cakes

    • Reply Amar May 2, 2012 at 11:14 AM

      Where can I find different size of eggs in Mumbai. In some recipes, they mention large eggs for making cakes

      • Reply Gayatri May 2, 2012 at 11:31 AM

        The easiest thing to do is measure your eggs by weight/volume. 1 large egg is roughly 1.7 oz or 50 grams (without the shell).

    • Reply Sunita September 1, 2012 at 11:23 AM

      You can find different size eggs at Khar market.
      Otherwise do as Gayatri said.

  • Reply CHEF NILESH May 5, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    hi, recently came across a good website, providing total bakery solution. Has lots of good stuff for chocolates and cakes especially sugarcraft products. amazingly they are located in mumbai.

  • Reply Neeta May 14, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Can u pl tell me where is this Modern store located?Couldn’t find in map.

    • Reply Amar Cook May 20, 2012 at 8:25 AM


      56-B, Dheeraj Arcade, B R Ambedkar Road, Bandra West Mumbai, MH 400050
      022 26408170

  • Reply Amar Cook May 20, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    is spring form pan available here in Mumbai??? If yes, kindly let me have their address. Thanx.

    • Reply Mona May 28, 2012 at 11:45 AM

      You can get them at Arife (Crawford, Bandra opp shoppers stop, Andheri west) or any any of the lifestyle stores.

    • Reply SUSHMA June 1, 2012 at 5:40 PM

      wat is a spring form pan?

  • Reply Archana May 28, 2012 at 7:22 AM

    Hi , would you know where can i buy a pasta making machine in mumbai. Thanks

    • Reply Roshni June 1, 2012 at 11:53 AM


      You will get definitely get it at Alfa in Andheri.

      The Vanilla Bean (formerly The Doux Project)

    • Reply Sunita September 1, 2012 at 11:38 AM

      I bought mine from- The New India Electric & Trading. The contact number is +(91)-(22)-22651177
      Fax No: +(91)-(22)-22651597
      They do home delivery in Mumbai at a nominal cost.

  • Reply Mona May 28, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    What Can be used for recipes calling for single cream? Can I use Amul cream instead?

  • Reply maithili May 29, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    where can i find patterned or plain acetate paper in mumbai.

  • Reply Neha May 31, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Hey! Was wondering if you had any idea where to get ladyfingers (for tiramisu) from in Bombay? And the mezzaluna knife/chopper, used for salads. Thanks for your help!

    • Reply Roshni June 1, 2012 at 11:55 AM


      Ladyfingers are available at Food Spot in Bandra. You can call him at +91 22 26487213. He delivers within Bandra. I haven’t seen a mezzaluna here – I purchased mine from the OXO store in Dubai. Choppers are available in Croma (all outlets).

      The Vanilla Bean (formerly The Doux Project)

  • Reply Misti June 7, 2012 at 7:20 AM

    Hi All,

    Where can i get frozen puff pastry sheets in Andheri – Powai belt? Tried Godrej Powai, wasnt there…

  • Reply Disha June 7, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Where can i find cream cheese and double cream in south mumbai..??

  • Reply Pratikssa June 24, 2012 at 5:25 AM

    Hi i need help finding ‘wheat germ’ and ‘cornmeal’ i dont know what its called in hindi so i have a hard time looking for it!

  • Reply manisha June 30, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    which brand and where to get unsalted butter ?

    • Reply Amar June 30, 2012 at 6:01 PM

      if u r in mumbai, u shld be getting from punjab sindh diary or even modern dairy or parsi dairy

    • Reply anandi July 1, 2012 at 9:30 AM

      Punjab & Sind dairy. White butter is gud there. I get it from their outlet at Hypercity.

    • Reply Sunita September 1, 2012 at 11:40 AM

      You also get it at Arife Bandra

  • Reply Mona June 30, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    White butter from Punjab &. Sindhi dairy is pretty good, use it all the time. It’s available at any of their outlets & even at hypercity.

  • Reply Deintus July 2, 2012 at 4:11 AM

    Can u please tell me where I can fi d instant yeast near mulund in Bombay…??? I am fed up of baking disasters with active yeast…

  • Reply palak July 6, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Can u please let me know where i can find gluten free bread/ gluten free flours for bread. I need it asap for medical reasons….Thanks

    • Reply sushma August 18, 2012 at 8:24 AM

      palak i saw some in natures basket bandra hill road their other outlets mite hav them too

    • Reply Deepa September 9, 2012 at 7:16 AM

      I recently purchased gluten free flour for bread, samosas etc. from Foodhall at Palladium, High Street Phoenix under the brand name Zero-G.

  • Reply Espèra July 8, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Well if this isn’t interesting!

    I recently found my neighbourhood baking ingredients store stocking a teeny box of McCormick’s food colour!
    Anyway, that was for 500 bucks for that Neon set of colours. I didn’t think it was worth it, honestly. All it had that I can’t get for a cheaper price is blue food colour. Not that I use food colours much, but I’d sure like to make a rainbow cake once ;)

    That’s about Delhi, btw. If anybody is interested.

  • Reply bhavik July 16, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    can you please let me know where i can find rye flour in mumbai for making a sourdough starter . also where in mumbai can i find bread flour?

  • Reply Sheeba July 23, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Hi ,
    Could you please tell me what kind of an oven do i need to use for baking cakes and breads? I tried baking a cake in a convection microwave oven once but it did not turn out well at all.

    • Reply Sunita September 15, 2012 at 1:22 PM

      You could buy an OTG. You need a Conventional oven for baking cakes and breads.

  • Reply Amanda July 29, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    hi, i wanted to know about cake decorating classes in mumbai!!
    if anyone could help,
    i dont mind if they are in the week also!
    please let me know !

    • Reply Espèra July 29, 2012 at 2:39 PM

      I don’t know about Mumbai specifically, but there are cake decorating classes called ‘Sugarcraft Classes’ which are held all over India, on specific dates. However, I asked about the price and all, and they were terribly expensive (for me) – 16k.

      You could search for them, you’ll find a contact number online.

    • Reply Ritika July 30, 2012 at 12:02 PM

      CCDS has visiting workshops in mumbai… one is this month.
      I did it last time in Fort.

    • Reply Deepa September 9, 2012 at 7:20 AM

      Chef Fabian conducts Cake decoration and Sugarcraft classes in Andheri (W). Can get in touch him through the “Sugarcraft Community” page on Facebook.

  • Reply hasu shah August 17, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Hi. Where do i get frozen puff pastry dough in bom. Please give me the name of the shop n address. V get in uk in tesco. I wanted to know if v get it in bombay. I wanted to make cheese pie n veg pastrries frm it.
    Thank you for ur help

    • Reply sushma August 18, 2012 at 8:27 AM

      i bought some at mordern at pali naka bandra west , was good.

  • Reply pallavi August 30, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Am going nuts looks for coconut or vegetable shortening i live in thane can i find it some place in vashi or chembur

  • Reply Snehal Saraiya September 7, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    I recently came across a site which sells baking ingredients online. They are going LIVE in a couple of hours.

  • Reply Deepa September 8, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Where in Mumbai can I find readyvto use Marzipan for covering the cakes and also for making figurines?

  • Reply Deepti September 9, 2012 at 6:50 AM

    Hypercity has stopped selling strong bread flour and I don’t know where else I can buy from. Can somebody please help?

  • Reply Manisha September 9, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Can someone please tell me if 3 vanilla beans and a cup of vodka is sufficient to make vanilla extract ? How much time does it take for the extract to be ready ?

    • Reply Deepti September 10, 2012 at 12:10 PM

      Yes it is. Mine took around 4 months the first time and when you fresh vodka next time for the used vanilla beans, increase the time to atleast 6 mnths.

  • Reply Manisha September 11, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Thanks a lot, Monika and Deepti.

  • Reply Soujanya September 14, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    Hi ,
    Where can I get bread flour and cake flour specificaly ?
    Not the regular flour ?


  • Reply Pratikssa Singh September 19, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    HELP! Where can i find carob powder and chips in mumbai?????

  • Reply Poonam Jitendra Dedhia September 23, 2012 at 7:50 AM

    Hiiiiiiii…..went thorough the blog….tnx to every one for sharing..
    can any one tell me where is tressorie shop in mumbai?
    Thank you:)

    • Reply sushma September 24, 2012 at 6:10 PM

      seen one on linking road khar

  • Reply vaisshali October 8, 2012 at 6:43 AM

    hi thanks , vry nice blog plz keep updating…

    i want to know about chocolate sheets n same type molds r also thr and about chocolate printing like pic on chocolate etc ..

  • Reply Nisha October 9, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    pls tell me where will i get crisco vegetable shortening….

  • Reply pallavi October 10, 2012 at 6:56 AM

    where can i find oil based food colour checked at Arife (Mulund) but they dont have it :( need them for my chocolates

    • Reply Akhilesh October 15, 2012 at 5:03 AM

      CCDS is Wilton India. They have Wilton candy colour sets – i got mine for 500 odd. EmaiL: or 011-46323679

    • Reply yasmeen October 30, 2012 at 8:03 PM

      hi pallavi, you can get your wilton products from Arife bandra and chocolate world also ….they are cheaper then wilton’s website price…

      • Reply vips November 27, 2013 at 6:03 PM

        hey yasmeen wheres ths chcolate world ???

    • Reply Priyanka February 5, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      Hey where is arife in Mulund?

  • Reply M Fernandes October 27, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Hi,am looking out for a microwave friendly, 1 litre measuring jar, any help, where I can get one? Thanks

  • Reply Manasi October 30, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    dis is a very helpful blog loved it :) pls can someone suggest where i can find dry sherry / rice wine in mumbai. .thnx :)

  • Reply Jan November 2, 2012 at 6:55 AM

    Excellent blog!! :-)

  • Reply emeren November 9, 2012 at 8:00 AM

    Where can i get an offset spatula?

    • Reply tasneem December 10, 2012 at 8:43 AM

      its available at arife bandra..

  • Reply kimberly November 19, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    any idea where kirschwasser brandy is available in mumbai?

  • Reply Alok November 22, 2012 at 4:24 AM

    Hi there,

    a very informative piece, anybody hv any luck wth buying isomalt in mumbai?

  • Reply Fio December 6, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    This a one stop information regarding bakery.. thanks

    I would like to know about kenwood stand in mixers. Especially Looking for kenwood kitchen machine prospero. I’m looking for a range between 20-30k. could anybody guide me? thanks

  • Reply manasi December 13, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    any place i can get mason jars from?

  • Reply Shruti December 16, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Can anyone tell me where can get Fresh Raspberries? Please…..

  • Reply Shruti December 16, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Can anyone tell me where can get Fresh Raspberries? Please…..I tries searching it…but was not able to find them….

    • Reply Geetanjali February 20, 2013 at 6:42 AM

      even i have tried searching, they point out at something yellowish and call them rasberries……. will try Pali Naka, now as Shaheen suggested

      • Reply Pratiksha March 29, 2013 at 1:13 PM

        Hi Geetanjali,
        They are probably point out Cape Gooseberries, know as ‘Rasbhari’ in Hinid. Raspberries are called ‘Katsol’ in Hindi. Try asking them for katsol; someone might probably direct you to a place where you could find them.
        Hope this helps.

  • Reply tanvi December 22, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    i need red(blood red types) food colour which company and where in mumbai i can find it. south mumbai preferablly or anywhere else.

    • Reply sai December 30, 2012 at 4:43 PM

      have you tried arife at crawford market? i think you’ll get it there.

      • Reply tanvi January 1, 2013 at 2:57 PM

        thanks will check there :)

  • Reply Mita December 27, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Send me updates

  • Reply sai kopade December 30, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    do you know where i can get rennet tablets in mumbai? wanna make some cheese.

  • Reply Anahita December 30, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Absolutely loved your article on Baking in Bombay!!
    For a first timer baker like me it was a God sent page….the information is so user friendly. I managed to locate the shops and got precisely what was required by the recipe i had in mind. I have been putting off baking since a long time for the lack of info as to where i can pick my stuff!
    Now it’s party time!! Thanks a lot! :)

  • Reply sai December 30, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    where can i get rennet in mumbai? wanna make parmesan cheese?

  • Reply kalpita wagh January 1, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    you really have a wonderful blog.just love it.
    came across your various posts. and also that u make use of Callebaut and Ghiradelli chocolates as also Valrhona.
    can you please tell where you can get these. please. arife at crawford doesnt stock these.

    • Reply rahma January 1, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      yah pls do rply to this post above :) thank u

  • Reply tanvi January 2, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    hey frndz can u tell me abt gelatin. is it veg or non veg??
    and is veg gelatin available in market??? i m pure veg so was bit doubtful about it ??

    • Reply Thea February 20, 2013 at 7:17 AM

      Im also looking for gelatine!

    • Reply Pratiksha February 24, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      Hi Tanvi,
      Agar agar or china grass is a veg substitute for gelatin. You will find it at Crawford. Ask them for vegetarian gelatin :)

  • Reply Kajal January 4, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    I’m looking for a dealer for Wilton food colours in India. Can u help???

    • Reply tanvi January 5, 2013 at 5:38 AM

      hey ya even i plz frndz help us out….
      kajal colours of bush company are also nice but same problem lookng for dealer in mumbai :(:(:(

  • Reply Riya January 5, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Hi, thanks for the info got in touch with most of them the herb guy, the sanctum store for a much hunted microplane zester , still to visit modern , but very informative ,

  • Reply Roma January 11, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Hey i want to know where is modern store from where u get 200gms rich whipping cream?

    • Reply ali January 12, 2013 at 8:13 AM

      u cant get rich cream of 200gms anywhere

      • Reply juhi May 6, 2013 at 3:49 PM

        modern is located at pali naka at bandra west

  • Reply Richa January 11, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Can you tell me where modern store is? I need to buy the rich 200gm pack

  • Reply Saleha surat January 18, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Hi,thanx fr such a nice info. But i wpuld like to tell dat in surat v get cream like rich company at surat railway station opposite side at sunrise restaurants ,51rainbow ice creams its really tastes amazing n lot cheaper than rich comp,it is jus 60rs for 500 gms n 110 rs fr 1 kg pack;))try it

    • Reply Rinaa April 14, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      Hi Saleha, I’m shifting to Surat from Chennai in a month and have heard that u do not get even unsalted amul butter in Surat, have u had any luck finding any baking supplies in surat? could u plz help me with any information? Thank u so much.

      • Reply Vaisshali April 14, 2013 at 12:09 PM

        Hi Saleha,

        You will get most of baking supplies @ Maheshwari Store , Parle point. If you want in wholesale than go to Gujarat Essence Store at Bhaga talao area .

  • Reply Saleha surat January 18, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Hey guys can anyone tell me whr i get dust colors n gel colors or water colors gold silver etc in surat or mumbai for cake decoration at wholesale rate ,m running cooking class plz reply

  • Reply amy January 20, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    The info u provided was awesum can u plz tell me where do I find Organic Chicken and organic eggs? plz mail me at


  • Reply amy January 20, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    The info u provided here is awesum .very helpful! can u plz help me with where can I find ORGANIC EGGS and ORGANIC CHICKEN ??
    plz mail me at
    any help is much appreciated !


    • Reply Shruti January 23, 2013 at 11:52 AM

      You will get organic eggs in any Godrej Nature’s Basket store…also u may find them in Star Bazaar or Hyper Super market…But i m 100% sure about Godrej Nature’s Basket…
      Hope u find this info useful.

  • Reply Geetanjali January 24, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Thanks for this information, Shaheen. I had been Continental Stores today to purchase instant yeast and gluten. I saw two more products Cake improver and bread improver (both products are from Tower). What are these used for? Have you used any of these?

    • Reply tanvi January 26, 2013 at 6:11 AM

      hey cake improver is a type of cake gel which is added to the cake helps the cake to be spongy, fluffy and also enhance its sponge’s whiteness.tower is one of the bst company for it. and ha sorry have no idea about bread improver.

      • Reply Geetanjali January 28, 2013 at 4:18 AM

        Thanks Tanvi for the information.

      • Reply Geetanjali February 20, 2013 at 7:01 AM

        hey Tanvi, is cake improver same as emgel ? or is it gelatine…i have heard tat both are used in sponge cakes…….

        • Reply tanvi March 27, 2013 at 2:15 PM

          hv no idea abt emgel but ya its not at all like gelatine.

          • Pranisha Prasad April 20, 2013 at 2:16 PM

            Hi Ladies!!

            Could u tel me where is Continental Stores Geetanjali?
            I Stay in Chembur!

          • Geetanjali April 21, 2013 at 3:59 PM

            Continental stores is at crawford market. Check the crawford map on the site for the exact location.

  • Reply nilu January 27, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Hi, could u let me know where i can find edible luster dusts for flowers…Thankyou for all the wonderful information!

    • Reply Pratiksha February 24, 2013 at 4:15 PM

      Hi Nilu,
      You might find edible luster dust at any of the Arife outlets. Please enquire before you make a trip though.

  • Reply Diana January 30, 2013 at 6:58 AM

    Where is Modern located? I am trying hard to find ready-to-use pastry sheets but haven’t found them yet. Please reply.

    • Reply Anon January 30, 2013 at 8:43 PM

      Go on the main Pali Hill Road, you’ll see the 5 Spice Restaurant, go a bit ahead from that. Modern Stores is right opposite the road from Jude Cold Storage and Snack Shack. Or, ask for directions when you’re near any of these landmarks.

  • Reply Lejna February 5, 2013 at 5:03 AM

    Can anyone guide me on where to find Almond Meal? Please do help!

    • Reply Butterchicken February 20, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      Lena, most dry fruit stores in crawford market now carry almond flour…. I get mine from Royal dry fruit. It’s a bit coarse, and you need to pulse it in the grinder and dry it out in a slow oven, but it’s better than blanching, peeling and powdering whole almonds! :D

    • Reply Butterchicken February 20, 2013 at 4:23 PM

      Lejna, most dry fruit stores in crawford market now carry almond flour…. I get mine from Royal dry fruit. It’s a bit coarse, and you need to pulse it in the grinder and dry it out in a slow oven, but it’s better than blanching, peeling and powdering whole almonds! :D

  • Reply amy February 13, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Hey Shruti ,
    Thanx for the info regarding organic eggs . I got it at natures basket bandra :). sorry for the super late reply . thanx again!

  • Reply Thea February 14, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Thanks a lot for life saving page. From where I can find zelatin?

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  • Reply karunisha February 25, 2013 at 5:22 AM

    can u tell me where do i get cannelini beans?

  • Reply Priyanka February 25, 2013 at 9:18 AM


    could you guys help me with the vendors for edible flowers (rose petals / marigold) etc…


  • Reply Elizabeth February 27, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    Hi Shaheen,
    Please tell me where I can get unsalted cheese.

  • Reply Elizabeth March 3, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Can any one tell me where I can find unsalted cheese in Mumbai

  • Reply vipsy March 5, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    hey can u plz tell me wht to add in compound slabs fr better taste n shine?can we add butter into it?
    or to use chocolates?i m planning to start my small homemade chco business but nt mch idea wht to use?
    i gt morde compounds n selbourne too..but tastes nt tht original chcolates..plz help..

  • Reply Neelu March 6, 2013 at 5:20 AM

    You mentioned that you use Amul butter.But i wanted to ask whther we may use Amul butter (which is salted) for cakes calling in for butter ? or unsalted butter is required? This has been my confusion for long!!!

    • Reply Pratiksha March 29, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      Hi Nilu,
      You can use salted butter for cakes too. All you need to do is NOT add salt (often mentioned in recipes), the salt in the butter will suffice.

  • Reply vipsy March 6, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    hi ,if any1 canplz help me,whthr i can add butter to d compounds,to make smooth chcolates?or wh brand to use for d shiny chcolatemaking..i hv gt morde compounds but not tht good to taste..

    • Reply Pratiksha March 29, 2013 at 1:29 PM

      Hi Vipsy,
      You can add butter to the compounds. Callebaut is a better quality cooking chocolate. However, to improve the taste of the humble Morde compounds, maybe a little cocoa or coffee powder would help enhance the taste. I’ve never tried this myself but it just might work!
      Hope this helps :)

      • Reply vipsy April 17, 2013 at 11:58 AM

        thanks pratiksha..but adding butter will nt make chocolate sizzle???

  • Reply Aasifa March 8, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Hi shaheen,

    U mentioned that “Corn Syrup” can be sourced from Alfa. Were u referring to the Alfa market in andheri? Awaiting ur reply,

    • Reply Pratiksha March 29, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      Hi Aasifa,
      Corn syrup is available at Alfa. Failing that you will find it at Crawford.

  • Reply Elizabeth Jaitu March 12, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Cld u pls let me know where tressorie is, am looking out for oven thermometer, thank you for all your useful and informative info, it’s a one stop for most of baking and ingredients related issue that one might face. God bless u.

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  • Reply Iona March 28, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Where can I find gel colours? Please reply!!

  • Reply Nita March 29, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    Not everyone bakes, so they have to buy but with all the hoopla about the dangers of transfats, I wonder if you can tell me where to buy baked goods (I love cakes, pastries, cheesecakes etc) which are made with butter, and not margarine. I do not want to buy anything with margarine or vegetable fats.

  • Reply Riya March 31, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Can any one tell me as to where I can get cheese powder ,tomato powder, sundried tomatoes ,and dry whole lemons that is use in Iranian recipes? Pls .

    • Reply Anon April 1, 2013 at 1:25 AM

      Try Victory Stores – Crawford Market, 2nd Lane, Shop No 448/449 – they should keep the cheese powder and the tomato powder.

  • Reply vipsy April 17, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    hi akhtar .do share ur email id plz..

  • Reply Pranisha Prasad April 20, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Hi everyone,

    I never realised there was a wonderful site like this until now!! oki can anyone tell me where I could buy Cake Gel in Mumbai. I stay in Chembur but also aware of places in bandra. could someone pls pls let me know where i could buy the cake gel??? BTW some of you had asked if cake gel is similar to gelatine…. ITS Not! cake gel is a emulsifier and helps improve your cake texture and crumbs…

  • Reply Shresht Poddar April 25, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Hi, can someone tell me where I could pick up cornstarch in the suburbs?

    • Reply Anon April 26, 2013 at 12:30 AM

      If you mean cornflour (not yellowish makai ka atta, but the white powder used for thickening), then you can get it at any local grocery store.

  • Reply Gayatri April 29, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    This is a great help! Thank you for doing this! Just one question, where can I get sour cream in the city? Food Hall/Nature’s Basket didn’t seem to stock it.

  • Reply Thea April 29, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    In Natures basket they don’t have all the time, but in haiko ( in Hiranandani ) they have stock time to time. But have to warn you it’s not a sour cream what other countries are selling if you are coming from abroad. Very different I was very disappointed!

    • Reply Thea April 29, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      In Natures basket they don’t have all the time, but in haiko ( in Hiranandani ) they have stock time to time. But have to warn you it’s not a sour cream what other countries are selling if you are coming from abroad. Very different I was very disappointed!

  • Reply Purnima May 1, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    Shaheen, tks for this wonderful compilation! Love ur blog..hv to try many baked goodies!!

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  • Reply Riya May 4, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Hi need to know where can I buy a potato ricer as well as instant rissoto, i

  • Reply Riya May 4, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Potato ricer, and instant rissoto, if any one knows pls let me know.

  • Reply juhi May 6, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Hi, can someone tell me where you can find cocoa butter and Pectine in mumbai?

  • Reply Kari J May 7, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Hi, I have been searching all over the internet but couldnt find any information, I am searching to buy vegetable glycerin and flavourings like apple and strawberry for baking products. Please guide me on where i can find any of these products in mumbai.

  • Reply Seema May 9, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Hey there…
    Thanks a ton for writing all this…was wondering were would i find all the stuff for baking, which i easily get here in US. One more thing..where could i find Cake flour in Mumbai?
    Thanks again :)

  • Reply Deeksha May 16, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Hey, I stumbled across you blog while trying to locate pastry sheets in Mumbai. This post is awesome. You rock!

  • Reply maithili May 21, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    hey has anyone anyone made buttercream frosting??? i have been through various recipes on internet but would like if anyone can guide me to make one with ingredients that are available in mumbai.

  • Reply akshita June 7, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    any suggestions as to where will i find cream of tartar in bombay???

    • Reply Maya June 28, 2013 at 9:20 AM

      HI Akshita
      you will find cream of tartar at crawwford market. Only make sure to check the best before date before u buy the product.
      Hope this helps.

  • Reply Bhairavi June 24, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Hi, does anyone know about a good baking class around vile parle- santacruz- andheri areas…I am looking for a reasonably priced course which focuses on techniques of baking desserts. Thanks

  • Reply Kalyani June 26, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    hi.. Need a reliable source where I can pick up phyllo sheets / puff pastry, Instant yeast, Cake flour etc ONLINE. with home delivery in Mumbai… any idea ? please pass me the URLs.. thanks :)

  • Reply Harshe July 8, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Does anyone have the phone no for Modern stores? Want to call and find if they have everything in stock.. Thanks

    • Reply Anon July 8, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      Why didn’t you just check Modern Stores phone numbers from Justdial: (022) 26400590, 26402928, 32451591, 65001591.

  • Reply anandi July 10, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Where can I buy a kitchen weighing scale?

    • Reply Madhu July 10, 2013 at 7:39 PM

      hey u can do so in Alfa that’s in Irla in Khar. they have a wide range to choose from.

      • Reply Anandi July 11, 2013 at 3:26 AM

        Thanks Madhu.

  • Reply anandi July 10, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Where can I buy a kitchen weighing scale in Mumbai?

    • Reply maithili July 22, 2013 at 6:43 PM

      Arife stores, they are located at Crawford, andheri station and near mulund station.

      • Reply harshal March 30, 2014 at 2:57 PM

        where is this arfie store in mulund ??

  • Reply Gayatri July 10, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Hi, would anyone happen to know where I can find Hershey’s Chocolate Chips in Mumbai? The semi-sweet or dark kind? I find those to be the best to use in cookies!

  • Reply Sonal July 14, 2013 at 8:20 PM


    Where can I buy good sour cream in mumbai in suburbs ( santacruz / Bandra / juhu ) ??

  • Reply Altainta July 15, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Can you please tell me where to find Molasses ? in mumbai (anywhere)

    • Reply Gayatri July 15, 2013 at 8:59 PM

      Natures basket at worli has it

      • Reply anandi July 20, 2013 at 5:03 AM

        I had gone to Food Hall at Phoenix Mills. They also have molasses n Holden corn syrup.

    • Reply vips September 17, 2013 at 1:36 PM

      how to use ths molasssses????

      • Reply anandi September 26, 2013 at 4:32 AM

        its used in baking cookies etc. check the recipe for the quantity

        • Reply vips November 10, 2013 at 6:46 AM

          ok thanks anandi

  • Reply Altainta July 20, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    Thank you gayatri
    Do you know how much it cost (molasses) lowest of lowest qty ?

  • Reply Sheetal July 22, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Hi,where can i get potassium sorbate for my ganache in mambai or navi mumbai?Plz help…

  • Reply Ankita July 22, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Your posts are just awesome ! its soo much funn reading them ! i wanted to know about any substitute product for eggs especially in cake & where can i find that in bbay..

  • Reply Ashmita July 23, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    I am looking for a stand mixer.. Does anyone know where can i get it from in mumbai?

  • Reply mich August 3, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    where is this Modern place where i can find the shortening….thanks

  • Reply Gayatri August 6, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Does anyone know where I can find food-grade beeswax in Mumbai?

  • Reply mich August 6, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    could someone please tel me where is the store called modern thats mentioned in the blog…..thanks

  • Reply Manju Joseph August 14, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Phyllo Sheets are now available@ Hypercity.

    • Reply thea tammeleht August 14, 2013 at 6:03 PM

      Hypercity should have more western food like salmon, different cuts of meat, chocolate chips also dairy products. its so big store but variety is not the best for foreigner!

  • Reply Nishant August 25, 2013 at 9:54 PM


    Where can i get plain gelatin in Mumbai? Preferably in and around Bandra or South Mumbai.
    Want to make fruit jelly at home.

    • Reply Thea August 26, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      I found plain gelatin from Hiranandani Haiko

  • Reply Hitesh s September 9, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Whr can I find callebaut chocolate in Mumbai..?

    • Reply Gayatri September 9, 2013 at 9:55 PM

      Hi hitesh, I’ve been looking for it too. I’ve heard the xxxx people sell it but haven’t had any luck the last couple of times I called them. I’ve just ordered some callebaut from, which is based in Delhi, but they charge 400 bucks shipping. Let me know if you find some local retailer.

      • Reply Hitesh September 10, 2013 at 5:34 AM

        Thanx a lot Gayatri for the info. I will definitely update u if I fine any,

    • Reply Sharat December 7, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      Delta Nutritives are the dealers for Callebaut in India.
      Here’s the link:

  • Reply Michelle September 17, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    im lookign for shortening ….and its said that it was purchased from modern….please guide me as to where this is…….please please this is urgent

    • Reply Anon September 17, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      Modern Stores: Shop No 10, Dhiraj Arcade, Near 5 Spice, Pali Naka, Bandra West, Mumbai – 400050

      Go on the main Pali Market Road, you’ll see the 5 Spice Restaurant, go a bit ahead from that. Modern Stores is right opposite the road from Jude Cold Storage and Snack Shack. Or, ask for directions when you’re near any of these landmarks.

      • Reply Michelle September 18, 2013 at 6:40 PM

        thanks sooooooooooooo much Anon…….for the detailed description on how to get there……i really appreciate it. Ive just moved back to Mumbai from Indonesia and have been struggling to find shortening here…..all suggested to use Dalda….and its just not the same thing…so this is just great….thanks again so very much…..:)

  • Reply kimmy sheorey September 18, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    you are an absolute gem , a god-send for foodys and food enthsiasts . i am so grateful for your blog !

  • Reply anandi September 24, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Where can I buy wheat gluten? any idea?

  • Reply anandi September 24, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Hi – Can anyone tell me where I can buy wheat gluten?

    • Reply Anon September 24, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      You can buy wheat gluten from Continental Stores – Shop no.537, 1st Lane, Crawford Market.

      • Reply anandi September 24, 2013 at 4:11 PM


        • Reply Anandi September 27, 2013 at 5:14 PM

          Anon – I finally managed to get not only wheat gluten but a lot more – fresh yeast, whipped cream mix, bread improver. Continental stores is a complete bakery store. So, thank you once again.

          • sushma February 19, 2014 at 7:24 PM


  • Reply anandi September 26, 2013 at 4:58 AM

    Where is sour cream available? and what is the substitute for Philadelphia cream cheese? Does Britannia work as well?

  • Reply Chandni October 3, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Hi could u please tell me where I can purchase bake ware and ingredients for reasonable rates in Bangalore. Having difficulty in finding one.

  • Reply shivashankar October 4, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    i would like to know where gluten free flour available stores in bangalore

  • Reply Ayesha October 4, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Hey! This is so exciting! Thank you for this blog. I love it. It’s so helpful.

    I really need to find some candied orange peel for a cake I need to make. Preferably bandra! Do you know if anyone carries it?

    Thanks a million


  • Reply anandi November 7, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Where can I buy Callebaut or Ghirardelli?

  • Reply Shubha November 23, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Is puff pastry sheet and samosa sheet one n the same?
    I am not able to find puff pastry sheet anywhere here. Samosa sheets are available.
    pls let me know if you know. Thanks! :)

    • Reply Anon November 24, 2013 at 12:27 AM

      No, they aren’t the same. Puff pastry sheets are extremely flaky after they’re baked. They are also thicker. You haven’t mentioned where you are located…If you post the name of your city, perhaps someone from there might know where to get puff pastry sheets from? You might also try your local bakery – some bakeries sell their raw puff pastry sheets.

      • Reply arpita December 12, 2013 at 7:43 PM

        will anyone let me where can I find puff pastry sheets in mumbai? thnks

  • Reply Snehal Saraiya November 25, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    I was looking for Callebaut chocolate however I found vanleer chocolate compound in airfe. They mention it is of supreme quality. It says it’s a brand of Barry Callebaut. Is that a good quality chocolate compound?

    • Reply Orangefoodie December 2, 2013 at 7:19 PM

      Not really. Chocolate compound in general is not good because….it is not chocolate.

  • Reply Rufina November 25, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Hi Where can i find all the dried fruit and ingrediants for a christmas cake in Mumbai

    • Reply Anon November 25, 2013 at 8:20 PM

      I usually buy Christmas cake ingredients from shops in Crawford Market ( Victory Stores – Shop No. 448/449, Gloria Stores, Arife, etc…just browse through most of the shops ) but I think you should be able to get most of the ingredients from your local market…The markets in Bandra and Pali Hill certainly keep everything.

  • Reply Dee November 30, 2013 at 6:11 AM

    I’ve been trying and failing to buy Dutch processed cocoa in the country for a while now. Anyone know where I can pick it up from?

    • Reply Sharat December 7, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      Try at:
      Kiran Kotak
      Shop No. 414/418, Crawford Market, M. J. Phule Market
      Mumbai – 400 001, Maharashtra, India.
      They stock different kinds of cocoa, including dutch processed or alkalized cocoa.
      The one I have used is manufactured by Jindal at their factory in Jammu. It’s quite good.

      • Reply Dee December 8, 2013 at 4:49 PM

        Thanks a million Sharat, I’ve been asking around for ages about this. I’ll hit up Crawford this week and pick it up. Thanks again!

        • Reply maya February 19, 2014 at 7:04 AM

          for wht do u use ths?if u dont mind me asking plz.. .

  • Reply bhairavi November 30, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    Where can I find candy melts in Bombay? Also I have tried in vain looking for original Wilton products such as their tips..please let me know .

  • Reply Ravi P November 30, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Where can I get phyllo pastry sheets in Mumbai / Navi Mumbai. I checked with Haiko, but they do not have it.

  • Reply tanvi December 3, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    what is the difference between liquid food colours and colour paste.
    I want food colour to colour white choclate and i was adviced to use colour paste to colour white choclate.
    What is this colour paste and where can i get it?

  • Reply Annie December 12, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    For those of you on the central lIne,there is now an Arife at Mulund west close to the station I am
    told ,also there is this shop called Magsa moulds in Jambli Naka in Kharkhar ali lane tel no 9702 961786.tis guy pretty much has all the baking stuFF

  • Reply ajay December 14, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Hi !! Where can I buy good quality of raw lasagna in mumbai
    am finding hypercity suddenly running out of it :)

  • Reply Crumbler December 26, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Am looking for a baking supplies store in Chandivali.

  • Reply AK January 8, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Hi ! This is a very informative post- thank you. I must mention that today i sent someone to Godrej Natures Basket in Bandra West & Modern in Pali Naka- Godrej does not sell puff pastry dough and Modern in Pali Naka makes their dough in house (Indian shop traders and quality dont go together fyi as you probably already know) and its made with Ghee – no brand, no quality control means that the ingredients could be low quality- i think im going to try Crawford market and if i cant get European/American puff pastry dough, im going to make it myself – rather know what i eat than buy bad quality which unfortunately is all over the Mumbai Market –

  • Reply tanu February 11, 2014 at 7:51 AM

    Can any one tell me where to buy Rennet tablets for cheese making?

  • Reply rani February 19, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Hi can any one tell me from where can i get srilankan(ceylon )cinnamom sticks to make cinnamom cake etc as i stay in kharghar navi mumbai

  • Reply Rodrigues February 26, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Please tell me a retail store in MUmbai where I can find pectin powder for making jams.

  • Reply Ash March 6, 2014 at 7:53 AM

    Hi, where to get rennet tablet or liquid for cheese making in Mumbai please!!!

  • Reply amateur! March 8, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    This is vastly helpful! Thankyou so much! Also, could anyone tell me where i could get dutch processed cocoa powder in Mumbai? Cadbury’s started selling natural cocoa. But apparently, dutch processed cocoa can give a deeper flavour. I’d appreciate the help but thanks either way :)

    • Reply Shaheen March 10, 2014 at 11:07 AM

      Hintz cocoa powder available at Alfa and other stores that stock imported goods is Dutch processed.

  • Reply Mulkeet Shah March 13, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Hi Shaheen, I’m from Modern Stores. I would like to thankyou for all the mentions! It’s good to know you find a decent variety of cooking/baking ingredients from our store. We always strive to keep new and updated products at our store at competitive prices.

    Also Great list here!

    Thanks again! Visit soon! :)

  • Reply sharada shetty March 21, 2014 at 6:57 AM

    THANK U thanku thank u sooooooooooooo much ….i dont remember last when some blog has been so helpful to me….. !! GRATITUDE!!

  • Reply Mrunal March 26, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Could ne one please tell me if neone has tried Philadelphia cream cheese and home made cream cheese (made of paneer,yogurt n heavy cream) in taste? Do they taste the same? I want to try cheesecake but lil bit skeptical to use the home made version.

  • Reply Mrunal March 26, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Could ne one please tell me if neone has tried Philadelphia cream cheese and home made cream cheese (made of paneer,yogurt n heavy cream) in taste? Do they taste the same? I want to try cheesecake but lil bit skeptical to use the home made version of cheesecake.

  • Reply Crumbler April 1, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Looking for mint extract/essence and green food colour in Chandivali.

  • Reply Disha April 4, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Wowow amaizing information.thank u please could anyone help me im looking for cuisine art icecream maker which has 220 v in usa its vv cheaper but does not match to the indian voltage and none of the europe cities are willing to ship to india
    Which compnay i should buy and from where i really dnt wnt to buy softel putting ice and salt
    Is too much of work and too messy
    And i also wanted to know how much does kitchen aid come for in mumbai i checked online buy price is not mentioned

  • Reply Madhu lahoty April 5, 2014 at 6:58 AM

    I need advice on an OTG oven which is of good use for home purpose,but extensively used.
    Which brand and model ?? For Mumbai

  • Reply vips April 6, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    where can i find a chocolate printing machine in india? not too expensive…plz let me know if u hv any idea..TIA

  • Reply matty patil April 9, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    kindly let me know where can i get phyllo sheets. Is it available at nature’s basket at bandra

  • Reply Runisha Chavan April 11, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Where I can get piping bag with nozzle
    N cake decorating tools

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    You can grow sweet basil by sowing sabja/tukmaria seeds. I have them growing on my window sill :)

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    Indian brand for Ice cream maker -Softel Ice cream maker

  • Reply Rufina May 5, 2014 at 6:06 AM

    hi Pooja

    can you share you number or website . Whr are u located

  • Reply Ally June 12, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    where is modern store located.

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  • Reply Khushnaz August 19, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Frozen pastry is now available at Foodhall, Palladium, Lower Parel. They normall stock puff pastry, filo and a few other types. I also saw wanton wrappers on my last visit a couple of weeks ago.

  • Reply Khushnaz August 19, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    Frozen pastry is now available at Foodhall, Palladium, Lower Parel. They normally stock puff pastry, filo and a few other types. I also saw wanton wrappers on my last visit a couple of weeks ago.

  • Reply Bakeware August 21, 2014 at 8:10 PM

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  • Reply Rajika Basu August 25, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Hi there, where can I buy creme fraiche in mumbai?

  • Reply Abhilash Vithlani October 7, 2014 at 5:32 AM

    Sante in Bandra has Creme Fraiche. Be prepared to spend! It's Expensive

  • Reply Amruta Nair October 16, 2014 at 6:50 AM

    were would fondant be available in the suburbs????

  • Reply Ashwini Nair October 19, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Wer can i buy callebaut from??

  • Reply Shweta Bhandary November 13, 2014 at 6:31 AM

    where can i buy bread flour from? Also if i want to use whole wheat flour,how much gluten should i add

  • Reply Dipti Khambe Vartak November 25, 2014 at 6:11 AM

    for how long this Tropolite or Rich’s whipping cream 1litre packets can be stored? Is it necessary to use in specific duration once opened or it can be stored for few months ??

  • Reply Dipti November 25, 2014 at 11:45 AM


    Thanks for such a vast information. It is indeed very useful.

    i have a query about Tropolite or Rich’s whipping cream. We get it in 1kg or 2kg packets. You can’t whipped all the content at one go. So after whipping required quantity, the rest can be stored till the shelf life of 12 months right? And the unused whipped creme can be used in 15days ? Is this correct?


    • Reply Shaheen December 6, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      Hi Dipti, you can freeze the unused stuff. I say stuff, because it’s not a dairy cream but a vegetable fat based “Cream”. It also has an awkward after taste. Good news is Amul has just launched double cream so you can use the good stuff now!

  • Reply anu December 1, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    pls tell me what and where is this modern store you speak of?

  • Reply Aveka Rastogi December 14, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    where can i buy almond powder from in mumbai?

  • Reply Mohan Kodange February 19, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    buy almonds and grind them to a fine powder in your mixer grinder. Roast and cool the almonds first

  • Reply laxmi March 16, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    where is modern or neelam store located??

  • Reply Laila Jacob April 24, 2015 at 10:41 PM


    Could someone be kind enough to let me know where I can buy Sandesh / Sondesh earthware moulds from.

    Many thanks

  • Reply Zara Attar April 30, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    i couldn’t find shortening at arif’s. Please tell me where is the Modern store.
    i need to make fondant… like urgently…

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  • Reply June Shenoy May 13, 2015 at 5:03 AM

    Can you tell me where I can buy potato starch in Mumbai? Thank you

  • Reply Supreet Shah May 17, 2015 at 12:26 PM

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  • Reply sucheeta mascarenhas July 3, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    could you advice where i could buy bags of marshmellow?

  • Reply nikita September 12, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    Hi everyone,
    where can i get caitiff pastry in Mumbai? please help

  • Reply Farida September 17, 2015 at 1:11 AM

    What is the difference between Callebaut to compound chocolates like – Morde and Selbourne?

  • Reply tasleem shaikh January 9, 2016 at 12:06 PM

    is Callebaut chocolate is available in Mumbai?
    where i can find it please help.

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  • Reply juhi April 19, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    Its such a great blog Shaheen……. well done and so helpful……
    I am looking for nutritional yeast in mumbai…… not available …..tried n number of shops…..failed to get it.
    Anyone can let me know where to get it from?

  • Reply Sonal April 25, 2016 at 2:54 PM

    Hi Shaheen,

    I am more interested in baking books but, unfortunately I am not able to open amazon store link that you have shared :(

    Can you please share the list of books…especially for baking cookies?

    Thanks much

  • Reply ankita May 19, 2016 at 2:46 PM

    Hi… 😍😍😍 your blog is wayy too awesome! I mean it contains all the necessary apt and helpful info… so here’s something I wish to ask you… I hope you would acknowledge it soon… Where can I get French marble slabs etc in mumbai…. 🙇🙇🙏 for working with pies…

    • Reply Shaheen May 23, 2016 at 4:26 PM

      Hi Ankita, the marble dealers in Santacruz east might be a good place to start. you can ask them to cut it to measure.

      • Reply ankita June 1, 2016 at 2:48 AM

        Thank you so much Shaheen.! I will look out for the same, soon… as I put myself in Bombay streets from Pune, urgently! :)
        Also, you mentioned in your blog the pretty and cute table ware. I was just wondering if I could get some “white” appetizer or salad plates, individual bowls and different glasses! On crate and barrel I found so useful ones. But shipping charges :( :( Need your suggestion, if I could get some like in mumbai! Thanks :* :)
        With much love :)

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    Hi Shaheen,
    You mentioned in your blog the pretty and cute table ware. I was just wondering where I could get some “white” appetizer or salad plates, individual bowls and different glasses! On crate and barrel I found so useful ones. But shipping charges :( :( Need your suggestion🙇🙇, if I could get some like in mumbai! Thanks 💞😊
    With much love 😊

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    Hello Shaheen. I love reading your posts off and on and always come away with so much more information . I am desperately looking for a Bakery that I can hire for a few hours a week , or just to be able to get to put in a few dozen trays with the cookies I want to bake ( I have been baking cookies with sorghum , finger millet and amaranth flours. Now need to do it on a commercial level) Would be grateful for any advice you may have for me.

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