Stop buying panic; go for smart rationing

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused widespread panic around the world and has caused people to accumulate much more essential material than they need, even in India. So instead of buying panic and piling up stuff, here are a few things to help you plan well and also ensure that those in need don't run out of supplies during shutdown.

Buy once, eat during the week

Avoid going out every other day to buy perishables and fresh produce. Instead, plan meals for the week with your family. Pallavi Dhoot Jalan, nutritionist at Kolkata, says: It is recommended that we do our essential shopping once a week or once every 10 days. There are many items that have a long shelf life, and we must find a healthy mix of these items with perishables to prepare nutritious meals. ” He recommends that items be purchased in specific quantities based on family requirements.

Buy seasonal and slightly unripe vegetables

If you accumulate things and don't use it, it will go to waste, further increasing the shortage. Chef Amandeep Singh, from a star hotel in Bangalore, shares: “According to the average Indian dietary requirement, a meal needs only around 30 percent fruit or vegetables. The rest are carbohydrates, protein, and fat. So there is no point in storing vegetables. Adds Amandeep: “If you feel like perishable items like tomatoes, bananas, green leafy vegetables etc. need to be stocked, I suggest you buy some slightly immature and firm. And opt for seasonal and local fruits such as chikoo, guava, clay apples, kairi, etc., instead of exotic ones, he says.

Finding the best substitutes

Due to restrictions, the supply of groceries has been affected and some items may not be available in stores. So Dr. Avanti Deshpande, a nutritionist from Pune, recommends finding the best meal replacements. “Get non-perishable items like dals, atta, and rice first. In case there is a fixed limit on the quantity you can buy, or if it is out of stock, you can go for local millet, ragi, jowar mordhan, etc., these are readily available and mostly in stock. He also recommends having more potatoes and onions that can be used in all three meals. She also recommends reducing unnecessary chai breaks in the day to conserve milk.

Smart hacks for rationing:

-Plan a week's meal chart and shop only once a week

- Paste to the list, do not buy in excess

-Find local substitutes for basic products that are out of stock

- Buy slightly immature vegetables and fruits to make them last longer

Substitutes for confinement rations



1. Atta and rice

Millet, millet flour, sattu atta

2 vegetables

Soybeans, rajma, chhole, legumes, legumes

3 fruits

Dried fruits: almonds, anjeer, raisins, dried apricots, berries

4.Milk in chai

Black tea, lemon tea, green tea.