Online Grocery: Home Delivery Redefined/Top picks for Online Grocery shopping

By Harshada Sandhan




Home delivery wasn't an alien concept for most of us. I still remember, my Mom had this list of grocery items made every month and given to local grocer or Banya, who was known to the family. The items were later delivered as per the list in required quantities by the grocers staff. But that was the time when options were limited and daily use food items like wheat and rice were purchased in bulk and stored at home in huge drums. Then there was a time when grocery came on phone orders, but again the same was limited to local grocery stores. Technology changes everything,so grocery shopping got a tech touch, and ushered in a lot of options and convenience.

The success of Bigbasket,Local Banya (now unoperational),and many other online grocery sites  has revolutionized Online Grocery Shopping. With lots of start ups offering wide range of household products at discounted price,minus the ques at billing counters, and the flexibility of choosing a convenient time slot for delivery, customers are sure spoilt for choice. We have listed the more popular ones which are operational in multiple cities in India.

Bigbasket.com

Easy to navigate website, good selection of grocery and staples, and fresh fruits and vegetables, along with a selection of frozen and fresh meats, all home delivered. Impressed by the customer service and quality control. The leafy greens went limp by the time it was delivered, but one call and e mail , and the same was replaced the next day, with a cash back in the form of credit points that can be used in next order.COD and time slots are offered here as well.Express delivery within 60 mins is available on select items and orders before 12 pm are delivered same day evening atleast here in mumbai and thane.They also run discount schemes every month.They offer  Free order delivery above INR1000, and accept Accor and Sodexo food coupons. They operate in multiple cities across India. their in house grocery items are of good quality, however, the vegetables and fruits delivered arent very impressive, besides, avoid the frozen items, by the time they come for delivery , they come to room temperature. The ypgurts go sour and foamy,butters melt, imagine what might be the plight of parathas n nuggets. Hope they start using some ice packs for frozen items.

Reliancefreshdirect.com

An online venture of reliance fresh retial stores, this website ffers fresh fruits ,vegetables at great discounts and branded grocery items and household supplies. The order comes from local reliance fresh store. Most items are fresh including frozen foods too. COD and time slots available. Delivery in Thane , Navi Mumbai and South Mumbai only. Minimum order INR750 for free delivery ,else they chege minimal 25 INR towards delivery charges for lower order amounts. They also accept Sodexo and Accor Food coupons

Buy Gourmet Food and Grocery 

Amazon.in has a wide range of gourmet foods as well as regular household items. What more, they have discounts and deals too especially in first week of the month.

Ekstop.com

Great selection of packed grocery, household supplies and vegetables and fruits etc. They also offer same day delivery for select timings and products. They operate in Mumbai Thane and Navi Mumbai. Free delivery above INR400 and accept COD and Accord/Sodexo food coupons.

Aaramshop.com

Its a Hybrid Retail platform focused on daily essentials and branded grocery.Set in 48 cities across India, this website connects you to the neighborhood retailers.

Foodzu.com

The site offers all types of grocery,regular and organic and Gourmet snacks and nuts. Also offers ayurveda supplements and household items. 

NaturallyYours.in

Naturallyyours is a website offering packed organic grocery and health supplements under their own nutrition based health food brand. All modern day health items, like seeds,nuts, brown rice, organic grains and pulses are available, along with pure essential oils like need eucalyptus. They advertise a 30 days replacement guarantee too and ship orders above 499 for free.

Organicgarden.co.in

OrganicGarden, just as the nme suggests, is a none stop store to buy organic grocery, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables. It is operational in multiple cities across India, and also has retail stores

 

Express Delivery??

Grofers App

Personally, I love this concept. Who wouldn't like if someone buys all the grocery and vegetables you need from your favorite store, and also buy you cakes and donuts from your favorite neighborhood baker and get it all in a span of say 90 minutes at your doorstep? And that too at no extra cost? That's exactly what Grofers does. And  the best part is their reliability, if there's any item or brand unavailable, they ll call up and give replacement options, or at least notify. It's my emergency panic button, whenever I run out of some stuff or even otherwise.
 

BigBasket.com

Bigbasket offers express delivery in 60 mins on select items. The items are sold by bigbasket and are not sourced from neighborhood stores. It offers great convenience, when you run out of regular items like onion potato and daily grocery or detergents.

 Fresh Fruits and Vegetables,Home Delivered??

Online grocery chains like BigBasket,Grofers etc also deliver vegetables and fruits along with grocery.
Fruits and Vegetables being perishable items, there are a lot of websites catering exclusively to local market. I have listed a few popular names for Mumbai-Thane region here.

 

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Hi! I am Sonali, mom to a fast growing teenager and a homemaker.I love to cook, read and travel ( and in that order). I believe that travel keeps the cook ever so innovative. Each time I travel, I scourge the market places and eateries for some new ingredient or recipies. I believe that every type of cuisine has its own story to relate……One that’s fascinating.Being born and brought up in Mumbai which is often called “a melting pot of culinary delights” helped me explore and experiment with a wide range of cuisines.So come share with me the tang of lime, the bite of chilli, the fresh herbs, the crunch of raw veggies and experience the wide spectrum of textures and sharp flavours of different cusines.

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I’m Harshada Sandhan and welcome to NamakShamak.com..my little world of culinary adventure ,where I pour my successful kitchen experiments,rustic learnings and travelogues into systematic ,easy to follow recipes and fun to read blogs.

I hope you find my recipes helpful and my blogs as interesting as much as I ve enjoyed Cooking ,Clicking and Writing them.

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About Harshada:

Working professional turned Food Blogger, Harshada Sandhan discovered her passion towards cooking after the birth of her son. The numerous recipes, tried and tested in her kitchen soon found their way on her food blog NamakShamak.com, run by Harshada and her sister Sonali. Mumbai born Harshada is Married into a Maratha Family, and is known for her unique Khandeshi Recipes and Rustic Mumbai Vadvaali Cuisine. She was also featured in online magazines like Salt(Ezine by Food Bloggers Association of India), in editions of Pune and Mumbai Mirror (Times of India). Namakshamak.com and has also won an award for Regional Blog (Awards by the Food Blogger Association of India) in 2016.

Harshada is a self-confessed bakeaholic and enjoys baking treats for her kids and fmaily. She also retails her Baking ,Gourmet Chocolates and Confectionery under “Angel Delicacies”, a venture she started with her friend Sangeeta and Sister Sonali. Angel Delicacies currently operates in Thane and Mumbai and works with individuals and corporates on customised gifting solutions.

Harshada also likes developing fusion recipes with nutritious Indian ingredients in her kitchen.

She’s a kitchen gadget freak, and loves working with modern kitchen tools and gadgets. She’s always on a look out for online websites offering gourmet food ingredients and learning newer kitchen trends. An avid reader, Harshada also loves writing about food and culinary travel. Harshada is currently based in Thane ,Mumbai with her husband and two Sons.

 

 

 

 







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