• jahan lakhani

Pantry Essentials

Growing up, September was always my second "new year". As summer would come to an end and back-to-school ads were everywhere, I would get excited to start a new routine, get new stationary, and update my fall wardrobe. But the fall isn't just about resuming order at work or school, it's about meal prep, making lunches and getting organized at home (which I promise can be just as exciting)! To help with the latter, here is a list of essentials for your pantry that will have you ready for the new new year.

For those of you who find yourself looking up recipes and constantly backing out because you feel you need to buy too many ingredients, I recommend getting these basics upfront so you are ready to go whenever you find your recipe inspiration!


  • Cinnamon

  • Black pepper

  • Sea salt

  • Coriander powder

  • Cumin powder

  • Chilli powder

  • Red pepper flakes

  • Paprika

  • Turmeric

  • Citric acid

  • Sumac powder

  • Curry powder

  • Dill

  • Dried Italian herbs (either mixed or oregano, basil and thyme separately)

  • Saffron (not essential, but highly recommended)

Oils & Vinegars

  • Olive oil

  • Peanut oil

  • Sesame oil

  • Coconut oil

  • Vegetable oil

  • Balsamic vinegar

  • Red wine vinegar

  • White wine vinegar


  • Brown rice

  • Quinoa

  • Buckwheat (Soba) noodles

  • Whole wheat pasta

  • Lentils (dried red, yellow)

  • Mung beans

  • Oats

  • Black bean/mung bean pasta


  • Tomato paste

  • Crushed tomatoes

  • Low sodium broth

  • Tuna

  • Chick peas

  • Beans (your preference)

  • Coconut milk


  • Honey or agave nectar

  • Maple syrup

  • Dijon or grainy mustard

  • Curry paste (mild)

  • Raisins

  • Raw almonds

  • Walnuts

  • Pine nuts

  • Chia seeds

  • Sriracha (or other hot sauce)

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