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‘ChEAT With Aditi’ Takes The “Taks” To The Grocery Store

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  •  November 23, 2015


You remember in phase one of our campaign ChEAT with Aditi, we visited The Taks who discussed their daily diet with us and dietician Aditi Mehrotra?

Well, it’s phase two of our campaign now; and this time we went grocery shopping with the Taks! To determine a diet plan, of course, we need to know what goes into their kitchen!


We tagged along with Ruhi, her mother-in-law, and Ruhi’s daughter Hemashree to the “Quality King”.


While Ruhi and her mother-in-law were picking out the grocery items, Hemashree and I were playing hide- and seek downstairs in the storage.

Hemashree grabbed a hand-sanitizer and a Barbie Colgate toothpaste and hid her face behind it!


Ruhi shopped for lots of dals, tomato ketchup, rice, chickpea, beans, etc. Even looking at it was making me hungry!


We made our way to the vegetable market next, where Hemashree decided to continue playing hide-and-seek!

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Photographer Pallav was staying with the Taks, while I and Hemashree were bonding.


Aditi did a quick analysis of their purchase, and here’s what she has to say!
“I have always felt a great urge to peek- a- boo into the shopping lists of foodies. Now that I have the privilege to do so and assess it too, I feel this family really cooks variety at home. Given that from the grains-legumes and pulse section; more than ten different varieties of Daals were stashed into the cart, a big thumbs up for that. I have this impression that there would be mixed daals happening, sprout bowls being eaten, rajmah rice could be another option. I also see brown rice, oats and green tea in the billing list. Again, healthier options seem to have made inroads into their kitchen. They tried their best to hunt down packs of Maggi since the time it has made a comeback. But much to my relief they did not find. So the Taks seem to give in to junk food indulgence. There was only one type of oil that was picked. It indicates that they use more of homemade desi ghee as a cooking medium, which in turns points out that heavy full cream milk comes into the house! Now the excitement is to see what they really cook and do they eat to live or live to eat. From the list of vegetables, I can say that there were no greens purchased. Purchase of English vegetables shows that the family is on the road to conscious eating for better health”  

Aditi then gave us a fair idea on how to select your grocery items:

Family Health by far ranks and should rank the highest on our priority list. Whether you are a home maker or work part-time, an entrepreneur or work in a high position with huge responsibility, your organizational skills in the kitchen will be directly proportional to the health of family members. A well-planned meal will decide the number of visits to the doctor. There is no hardcore rocket science attached to planning of a balanced diet for the family. Just seat yourself down on a day and write down the menu for the entire week. This will help you to have a well planned grocery list. There are 3 advantages of this: 1. You do not miss out on any important ingredient 2. You do not end up buying impulsively. 3. Your budget is in place too. 

Here’s how you can go about with your grocery shopping! Organize it according to food groups:

List all food groups such as Cereals and Breakfast Cereals under which you put atta, oats, maida, sooji, muesli, quakers oats, quinoa etc.

Pulses and Legumes: List out all daals and pulses elaborately so that you do not end up eating the same 3 to 4 types. I recommend sabut moong, sabut moth, kala chana for sprouting every alternate day, make mixed daal cheela’s every third day to push in a variety of daals, make mixed daals, keep a separate Rajmah day, a chole kulche day, do a dry matraa kulcha meal.

Veggies: Further divide them into Greens – methi, palak, bathua, mint, coriander and circulate the first 3 in 3 days, while the coriander and mint chutney you should eat daily. Roots and Tubers: Do all veggies under this group within a week’s time. Onions are both for gravy and can be eaten as a salad as well. Carrot, radish, beets etc. can be part of salad everyday while the rest such as turnips, potatoes, yam, sweet potatoes can be spread out throughout the week.

Others: The rest of the veggies fall in this category. Try to push in minimum 3 types of this category in every meal.

Fruit: Create a rainbow on your plate with all colours of fruit to be consumed in a week. Take a pick on the seasonal fruit. The perennial ones such as banana, papaya, pomegranate, pineapple can make for a great source of nourishment for the family. Feed the family fruits in a fruit bowl with minimum 4 varieties of fruit. 

Dairy: Go for low fat milk on a daily basis but in a good enough quantity so that you can curdle it for paneer or set curd at home apart from the regular milk intake. Make chaach and lassies out of the same. Homemade paneer made with low fat milk will be light and full of protein and calcium. There will be very little or no fat to add on to your family’s calorie consumption.

Cooking Oils: A mix of 3 different types of cooking medium must be used for a safe and a healthy heart. Rice bran oil, any oryzanol or omega3 rich oil and Mustard oil should be used. Be careful with the type of olive oil. Read instructions carefully whether the oil is good for cooking or is only meant for dressing salads.

Sugar: Include demerara as well or the sulphur free brown sugar, add jaggery into this list, use honey as a sugar source. 

Cheese, Butter: Can use fresh homemade white butter, coat it with garlic and this becomes a healthier source of a bread spread. Use cheese spread for lighter cheesy feel. 

Purees, pickles, papads, jams and jellies and all other packaged foods are processed and careful selection needs to be done for the same. Limit them on the list. 

For the Nonvegetarians: Try to buy less frozen meats, the packaged and processed meats contain preservatives high in nitrites that are harmful. You may even do a batch of kebabs for the entire week and freeze them. Home-made kebabs are far safer.


 It is as simple as that!”

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Photo Courtesy – Pallav Bhargava

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