Bhutanese Shopping List

This list is based on a family of four, adjust accordingly based on family size.

Aldi’s and/or another Grocery Store

  • Apples
  • Red grapes
  • Oranges
  • Strawberries
  • Bananas
  • Other seasonal fruit
  • Bagged onions
  • Turnip greens
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Spinach
  • 5-lb bag of Russet potatoes
  • Cereal
  • Cookies
  • Flat bread (without eggs)
  • Loose black tea
  • Salt
  • Hot peppers (red, thin, Thai style) dried or fresh
  • 2 packages of Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Fresh Cilantro (coriander)
  • Sugar
  • Turmeric powder
  • Curry Powder (Indian style)
  • Dried Coriander
  • Fennel
  • Homogenized Whole Milk
  • Plain Yogurt (not fat-free)
  • Apple or Orange Juice
  • Iodized Table Salt
  • Corn Oil
  • Meat (optional) (don’t buy eggs or any meat except chicken) and beans

  • Lentils (red, black, yellow – all kinds)
  • Dried green peas
  • Chicken Legs (frozen) ***this is on a case by case basis!

Asian Grocery Store

  • Rice (basmati or jasmine/Thai) 20 lb bag

Kmart or Walmart or Target

  • Rice cooker ($25 on sale – get a 16-20 cup one))

Please note:

(1) Don’t buy meat or eggs – let the family buy meat and/or eggs later if they want.

(2) Arrange for a vegetarian selection of food for families when they arrive.

Suggested food for arrival: (1) Flat bread, lentil soup (a thick soup with salt, turmeric, and a little oil), vegetable curry, and yogurt or some fruit salad, or (2) if in a hurry, fried rice with peas and vegetables (such as carrots and potatoes).


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