Ten-second takeaway

Thinking of going organic? Bookmark this popular organic store in Malleswaram which stocks everything from fresh vegetables, rice and millets to herbal body washes.

Organic way of life

for organic produce and products

Source: Fermented Millet Brew (Buffalo Back)

When Vishalakshi Padmanabhan tried her hand at farming on a small plot (almost 8 years ago), it was because she wanted nutritious food options for her children. Later, she met Padmavathi K., who wanted to take the concept of organic products further, and that’s how Buffalo Back was born. While Padmavathi has left the group, the store is currently managed by Vishalakshi and her team. Sourcing all products from small-holding farmers and local groups in Karnataka (some of the products come from Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Uttar Pradesh), the folks at Buffalo Back clean and pack the goods before putting them up for sale.

The organic way

Apart from organically grown vegetables and fruits like potatoes, onions, cabbages, bananas and apples (stocked as per availability), the store has large wooden boxes holding packets of rice (choose from brown, white, red or even bamboo rice, brought in from Kerala), types of millets, dals, flours, palm sugar (a healthy alternative to white sugar) and spices. Vishalakshi recommends adding a dash of chia seeds, sunflower seeds or pomegranate seeds (available in packets) to whip up healthy smoothies.

More in store

For wholesome breakfasts, pick up their millet malt mixes and breakfast mixes which include upma, khara pongal and bisi bele bath. You can also find bottles of herbal body wash, packets of soap powder (made of reetha and shikakai), eye packs and even dishwash powder. Don’t forget to check out the oils (we spied honge oil made from the seeds of the Pongam oil tree and virgin coconut oil), honey and homemade ghee. Their stock of raw cocoa beans (grown on their own farm near the Western Ghats), freshly-made cocoa powder and cocoa peanut butter caught our attention as did their bottles of homemade apple cider vinegar. You also have the option of getting their products delivered to you by emailing them. A recent addition to the store includes apparel (simple cotton kurtas, shirts and palazzos) by the Chennai-based organic clothing brand, Tula.

Where: 64/1, 17th Cross, 4th Main, Malleshwaram

When: 9.30am-8pm

Contact: +91 9008762076, email at ranjini@buffaloback.com for home delivery

Price: INR 50 upwards

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