Budget friendly Pakistani Style Food Grocery List_Things that you must have in your Pakistani Kitchen Pantry

Budget friendly Pakistani Style Food Grocery List_Things that you must have in your Pakistani Kitchen Pantry

I always go to the Grocery store with a grocery list in hand — preferably organized by sections of the store.

Grocery List is essential to help me remember what I need to buy, and also limits my time in the store, keeps me on track with my budget, and helps me prevent to buy extra or useless things beyond the budget.

You should try to shop in your familiar grocery stores when you’re tired, stressed or in a hurry. You’ll find what you need and be able to get out with what you need quickly.

First of all, Check out your left our groceries that you have in your kitchen pantry. Make grocery list according to your need and consumption.

Food Grocery shopping tips to save money::
Grocery shopping is a significant expense for most families and households, but there are ways to make it more affordable.
The one tip that will likely save you the most money when you’re grocery shopping on a budget is to plan your meals and snacks ahead of time. By planning ahead, you can make your shopping list based on what you already have, what you still need to buy and what’s on sale in your grocery store.

I have not included Frozen food and chutneys or sauces etc. in the list because this is a budget friendly list that include essential grocery items. Make your own tomato puree, mix vegetable packets for freezing, Chaat Masala, ginger garlic paste, frozen brown onion etc.

Buy less canned and packaged convenience food Items. Make your  homemade dry Masala powders to avoid more packet masalas, but they are time savers so you will have to buy some commonly used packet masalas.

Check out ,, Homemade dry Msaala powder recipes by Shireen Anwer.

Try to make homemade Desi Frozen food Items.

Check out here::

Desi Frozen Food Recipes



Super Markets in Karachi::

Karachi is the place full of Grocery stores and Super markets of various items.
You can buy your monthly groceries on cheap prices from super markets.
There are many supermarkets in Karachi like Imtiaz Supermarket, Naheed supermarket, chaseup, Bin Hashim super market, Metro, CSD, hyperstar, city center, ARY cash and carry supermarket etc.

Naheed supermarket is one the best supermarket in Karachi where customers can get every facility to shop.It is situated on shaheed-e-millat road Karachi.


Budget friendly Pakistani Style Food Grocery List

Carton of milk
Carton of eggs

Other Seasonal fruits


Green Chillies

Other Family Favourite seasonal vegetables


Bakery Items:::
Loaf of bread
Biscuits/ Crackers/ cookies

Snacks/ Nimco/ Chips



Green tea


Jam e Shireen or Rooh Afza


Soft drinks

Red chili powder
Turmeric powder
Coriander powder
Whole red chillies
Whole Garam masala
Other Desi Spices

Lentils/ Daal
Black chick peas/Kala chana
White Chick peas
Basmati Rice
Sela rice
Gram flour/ Baisan
Wheat flour
Plain flour


Clarified butter/Ghee

Things that you must have in your Pakistani Kitchen Pantry

 I always stock my pantry with wholesome staples that have a lengthy shelf life. Sticking with staple ingredients I know won’t spoil right away gives me more flexibility and prevents food waste.

Kitchen Pantry Items List:::
Cereal/ Corn Flakes
Soya sauce
Red chilli sauce

Jelly powder
Yellow food colour
Chilli garlic sauce
Pickle/ Achaar
Custard powder
Corn flour
Packet Masala powders
Vermicelli/ Siwayaan


Commonly used Baking Ingredients::
All purpose flour
Coco powder
Baking powder
Baking Soda
Castor sugar
Vanilla Essence
Cooking Chocolate
Chocolate chips

Non Food kitchen pantry Items::

Parchment paper

Aluminum foil

Silicon wrap

Zip lock bags

Trash bags

Kitchen towels

Paper towels

Canned food products for quick  and time saving recipes:

Tomato paste (Canned)

Canned Mushrooms

(Tinned )Pineapple

Fruit cocktail (canned)

How to organize Kitchen pantry:

After shopping you need to organize your Kitchen Pantry. If you are not a good organizer then your kitchen pantry would be a disaster and could spoil your budget.

First of all, clean your kitchen cabinets and separate out left over masalas in your spice rack .Try to finish them first then refill your new spices in jars.

Label all spice jars,check out my free printable desi spice labels here


Check out old grocery items in your pantry for expiry date. If they have short expiry date then store them in refrigerator. Try to use them as soon as possible.

Make use of household items to give your pantry more storage space.

Old crates, cartons, plastic baskets, space-saving racks, pencil holders, magazine racks and other household items can be a smart and inexpensive way to add even more storage to your pantry. If everything has a special place or holder, you’ll be less likely to mess it all up…


Read more pantry organization tips here

These are also good pantry organization tips from Martha stewart

If you like this article, share your grocery shopping and pantry organization tips in the comment section below.


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  1. Interesting idea to go to the supermarket when you don’t want to. When I lived in Karachi, my go-to favorite supermarkets to go to with my parents were Imtiaz Store & Metro.
    Good list of grocery items


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