Ten-Second Takeaway

Bookmark the iconic Sivananda Stores as the one-stop shop for all your home needs, including fresh milled products.

Ground Goods

millet products at sivananda stores

Photo by: Devika Raman

Ever been in a fix about where to find the best milled products, perhaps to whip up some of your favourite South Indian dishes? Look no further than the iconic Sree Sivananda General Stores & Flour Mill, one of Bangalore’s oldest provision stores. In fact, the area outside the store — Sivananda Circle — has been named after it. Started in 1937 by BN Annayappa, it has been the go-to place for the home needs of almost three generations. Currently managed by BP Suresh {Annayappa’s grandson} and his wife, Savitha Suresh, the store {with the mill just below it} gets over 300 customers on a daily basis, which goes up to 600 or beyond during festivals.

What To Stock Up On

The first thing you notice on entering the old school store is the mild aroma of spices, which you can savour while you get yourself a token from the counter and wait for your turn to be served by the pleasant and courteous staff. The most in-demand products here are the flours {everything from wheat flour and rice flour to moong flour}, their puffed rice which has fans all over the city and their spices, which include not-so-easily available ones such as fresh methi powder, amla powder, cinnamon powder, sambar powder and rasam powder. Apart from their packs of dhokla mix, health mix and ragi malt, we also love that they have started stocking gluten-free products like buckwheat, quinoa and water chestnuts apart from regional favourites such as millets. What’s more, they also home deliver within a 10km radius {maximum weight – 15 kgs}.

So, We’re Thinking…

While your fancy supermarkets might stock up on trendy and pricey ingredients, old-fashioned provision stores such as Sivananda still have many takers and a loyal following to boot {just check with a local}. Plus, with regional and local food all the rage again, here’s a place to go and stock up on millets, atta, ragi malt and more.

With inputs from Raksha Hegde.

Featured image via: Devika Raman