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21.11.2016

660, 1st Cross, Indiranagar.
 
This is the answer to the question you’ve been asking all along: where can I spend quality time with a jar of peanut butter without being judged?
 
What a spread here at HappyHealthyMe, a new organic store where the peanut butter is healthy but not without decadence! The shop is all white and wood, boasting a relaxed outdoor section and a sun-drenched room with an aesthetic that loyalists to Kynkyny will recognise. And for those of you wondering where Namu Kini was directing her energies after shuttering the gallery, this little store could well be your next happy place.
 
Flaxy Hours
 
Claiming to be the country’s first 100% certified organic food brand and grocery store, you can stop here for essentials and fancies. There’s oil, grains, pulses, ghee - we even spot amaranth flour alongside buckwheat. Most of the stock is produced under the in-house brand, and we recommend making a beeline for the nut butters – almond, coconut and peanut (crunchy, creamy, even unsweetened, thank you very much). Bring your cape for the super food aisle which stocks flax, muskmelon, and alfalfa seeds (to sprinkle on your midnight snack), alongside desi requisites like brahmi, moringa, aloe and amla. Past the tea and coffee section, choose your sweeteners – we hear liquid jaggery has been a runaway hit. Our personal favourite is miso, knockout with a lingering umami.

The shop is all white and wood, boasting a relaxed outdoor section and a sun-drenched room with an aesthetic that loyalists to Kynkyny will recognise. 

The Indian stock has your rasoi covered for chat masala, sambar powder, chana masala, kalonji and paanch phoron. If your kitchen is too cool for desi school, stop by for bird’s eye chilli, mace, bay leaf and vanilla powder.

 
Morsel Your Soul
 
For those of you that want to make some noise, empty vessels are in the home section. The clay cookware shelf is presently represented by the lone Chatti; we hope this situation improves. For Rs 750, a shiny steel tiffin box is worth the nostalgia of eating a home cooked lunch. Cast iron skillets and moulds for kuzhi paniyaram are beautiful, as is a wooden mortar and pestle, displaying a keen design sensibility with a curved top to hedge that annoying splatter when you pound your spices. Acacia wood chopping boards are pretty, but someone needs to tell the carpenter that a home cook prizes practicality. Can we get them twice as big, please? The copper ware gleams in the sunlight, like a private joke about that peanut butter jar from before. 
 
For those who don’t know what to do with all that produce, run your fingers over HappyHealthyMe’s spine to discover Ritu Dalmia’s Travelling Diva, Archana Pidathala’s gorgeous 5 Morsels of Love and other cook books.
 
It’s Personal
 
The wall stacked with organic laundry detergent, surface cleaners and disposable table wear has us convinced that the folks at HappyHealthyMe really have thought of everything.
 
Once you’ve tasted a little bit of this and a little bit of that, bring your scarlet lips to rose-coconut make up remover, and also browse other feel-good bottles in the personal care section: body scrubs made with coffee and terracotta; organic soaps scented with the inner mysteries of your grandmother’s cupboard.

The wall stacked with organic laundry detergent, surface cleaners and disposable table wear has us convinced that the folks at HappyHealthyMe really have thought of everything.

At the end we return to fat green tea cups from the pottery aisle, priced at Rs. 250, ridiculously large in a surreal, down-the-rabbit-hole kind of way. Trust us, this one doesn’t need a ‘drink me’ sign.

 
Psst: A little birdy whispered that a café will soon be opening as an extension of the store.
 
Getting there: 660, 1st Cross, 11th main road, Indiranagar, find them on Facebook here, call 41248881.
 
This post was written by Anisha Oommen, co-founder of the Goya Journal, a publication focussed on culinary storytelling.

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