Almost every other person in India is a die-hard foodie. This is very evident from the variety of local cuisines available in the country. But since the past decade or more, there has been a steep increase in the number of food brands available, both Indian and international. Most of these brands are very old and trusted by the Indian public. Here are five brands whose products you’ll find in every Indian’s home.

1. Amul

Amul Butter packs in shop
Amul Butter packs in a shop. Photo by SkylineGTR

It started off in 1950 and hasn’t looked back since. It’s undoubtedly one of the most trusted and used brands in the Indian market. Based in Gujarat, Amul is an Indian dairy cooperative. Many other brands like Mother Dairy have tried to compete with it, but Amul has fared time and again.

Amul played a significant role in the onset of White Revolution, a revolution that ended up in India being world’s largest producer of milk and milk products. Today, in even the smallest shops in the country, you can find products from this brand. They manufacture curd, ghee, milk powder, cheese, yoghurt, buttermilk, ice cream and anything that could possibly be prepared with milk (though their curd and butter are the best, not to mention their milk).

Kudos to this amazing brand and many more successful years.

2. Nestle

Maggi noodles beside Maggi ketchup and instant pasta
Maggi noodles beside Maggi ketchup and instant pasta. Photo by pressclub of india

No, Nestle didn’t start from India, but it almost feels like it did. It is a food and drink company from Switzerland that has become transnational. In fact, Nestle is popular everywhere across the globe.

Starting in 1905, this brand became the largest manufacturer of all food and drink beverages. Their product range extends from chocolates, coffee and tea, dairy products, cereals, frozen food and soups, even pet food. In India, some products of Nestle that are insanely popular are Maggi noodles, Nescafe (coffee powder) and Nestle chocolates (especially Kitkat).

Maggi noodles are all the rage here, and it has almost become the staple food for Indians. I remember coming home from school knowing full well that my mum must have cooked Maggi and honestly, I never got bored of eating it. In 2016, some lab tests showed Maggi to have lead components, and because of that, it was banned for almost a year (the most painful period for Indians). Thankfully, all the allegations were denied (or maybe resolved by money) and Maggi is now back on the shelves of the markets. It’s so popular that when you go to hill stations of higher altitudes, the small shops there might only serve you with sizzling hot and yummy Maggi noodles.

Thankfully, all the allegations were denied (or maybe resolved by money) and Maggi is now back on the shelves of the markets. It’s so popular that when you go to hill stations of higher altitudes, the small shops there might only serve you with sizzling hot and yummy Maggi noodles.

3. Dabur

Dabur Honey
Dabur Honey. Photo by Dabur

It is an Ayurvedic medicine and food brand that originated from West Bengal. Started by physician back in 1884, Dabur has now become a household name.

Honestly speaking, their medicines are not that extensively used. It could be because fewer people opt for Ayurveda as they need a quick fix for their diseases and Ayurveda offers slow healing with long-term benefits. Nevertheless, their Pudin Hara (small green pills that treat stomach pain quickly) and medicinal syrups are popular.

Medicines aside, Dabur now extensively produces skin care products, beauty products, food products, oils, fresh juices, toothpaste, home cleaning products and the list just never ends. Almost all of these products can be seen in every Indian household.Dabur Honey is the best in the market. Using honey from another brand is quite questionable for Indians. Dabur Chyavanprash is another tasty product having many Ayurvedic properties. It is like a jam but with a thicker consistency and a sweet-tangy-sour taste. Ayurvedic doctors recommend having a spoon of it every morning (I wouldn’t mind it’s yummy!).

Their Dabur Honey is the best in the market. Using honey from another brand is quite questionable for Indians. Dabur Chyavanprash is another tasty product having many Ayurvedic properties. It is like a jam but with a thicker consistency and a sweet-tangy-sour taste. Ayurvedic doctors recommend having a spoon of it every morning (I wouldn’t mind, it’s yummy!).

4. Haldiram’s

Haldiram's Nimbu Masala
Haldiram’s Nimbu Masala. Photo by Kaustav Bhattacharya

Haldiram’s is a major sweets and snacks manufacturer brand, begun in Nagpur, Maharashtra. They are extensively set up across many North Indian states including Rajasthan and New Delhi as well. They also have many restaurants across the country where you can avail some amazing local cuisines (North Indian and South Indian). Haldiram’s also manufactures dairy products, ice cream, cookies, crackers and sweets. They also prepare frozen meals.

But the most famous product of Haldiram’s in India is their fantastic range of crispy snacks that come in packets of all sizes. I literally binge on their snacks all every day (not just me but millions of other people). Their famous namkeens (tangy snacks) include Aloo Bhujia, Khatta Meetha and Bhel Puri. As a personal recommendation, I’d also suggest their Nimbu Masala (a little hard to get, but if you do find it, you’ll devour it). You must try these snacks during your visit to India because they’re almost like heritage foods now.

5. Britannia

The yummy fruit cakes
Britannia’s yummy fruit cakes. Photo by Britannia

This brand needs no introduction. Every biscuit you see on the shelves of Indian supermarkets will be from Britannia.

It’s common in India to buy Tiger Biscuits and Bourbon biscuits. Both of these can be found in every other Indian house. A decade ago, I couldn’t imagine a house in the country that wouldn’t have Tiger biscuits. In fact, some parents also packed these as snacks in their children’s lunchboxes. Other than this, their Good-Day, Milk-Bikis and 50-50 biscuits are also famous. No wonder that Britannia has been crowned as the “Biscuit King” of India.

They also manufacture bread, cakes and rusk. My personal favourite is their delicious veg fruit cakes.

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