I thought some people might want to know or see what shopping for groceries is like in New Delhi. Shopping for groceries in India is a bit different than shopping for groceries in the USA, and I actually like it quite a bit!
For produce, we usually go to our local markets, which open up on the eve of Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, in different locations nearby. The markets start setting up around evening, and go on until well after 9 PM, where it starts slowly closing down. Salesmen and women line the streets, in sometimes commercial and sometimes residential areas. Some will lay down a giant rug and lay their produce on top, while others will set up their produce carts. In crowded markets, it’s frowned upon to take your produce cart for a stroll, so they are usually stationary.
Customers are free to stop anywhere and buy their produce. Salesmen and women usually call out the prices for their products every few minutes. We look for a combination of price and quality, although usually we don’t come across any produce that is bad quality. It occasionally happens, and we are now very aware of what to look for.
When a customer selects what they want, either by sorting it in a basket or asking the salesman to do it, the salesman will then weigh the produce, pack it in a bag, accepts the customers payment, and the customer leaves with their produce.
Not just produce is sold, but sometimes pasta, chips and snacks, and sometimes non-food items like kitchen supplies, make-up, clothing, curtains and more. This depends on the market, though. Some markets have more shopping options than others.
We used to go to our local grocery store once a month, on pay day. It was far from us, so it wasn’t convenient. Which made getting supplies for American food quite tricky. We had a closer store – sort of a convenience store – but customers waited at the counter while the employees brought their items. Perhaps even less convenient, as there was always a large crowd of people waiting.
Luckily, a grocery store just opened near our Wednesday market! We are thrilled, and even more thrilled that they carry everything we buy at the other grocery store, so there is no longer a need to make that trip.
Ah, but enough talking about it. I’ll just show you the video I made. 🙂