Lucknow’s local markets have some hidden gems that only those living in and around that area are aware of. One such shop is Shipija Gram Udyog in Sadar Bazar, that sells everything from spices to organic manure, vegetable and flower seeds to medicinal herbs and more.

The shop has been around for more than 60 years now and is currently run by a man who is
passionate about his products, and will convince you that his spices and seeds are the best.

Spices: As soon as you enter the shop, the aroma of the spices catches your attention and the variety leaves you inquisitive. They have a wide range of spices both ground powder and whole spices. They have their own brand of spices by the name of Sufal Masale. They come in more than 50 varieties, keeping in mind your varied needs. Like Biryani Masala, Mushroom Masala, Tandoori Chicken Masala, Amchoor Masala, Achar Masala, Kabab Masala, Dal Fry Masala and the list goes on. They come in options of 50 gm. and 200 gm. Apart from ground spices the range of whole spices is also mind boggling – from common masale to the rare ones, they have both. Pick up Shahi Jeera, Sugandh Matri, Dagad Phool, Dakhni Mirch, Ratanjot and more from here! They also have assorted masale for your Awadhi favourites such as Paan ki Jad, Khus ki Jad, Kebab Cheeni, Galawat to name a few. The shop also customize masale then and there, as per your need for any particular dish!
Price: Rs. 35 onwards

Medicinal herbs: They have more than 3000 medicinal herbs for different purpose such as Alsi for digestion, Low BP, diabetes; Chirata for fever, Giloy for dengue treatment, Duhaga for dysentery and ulcer… You either give them the name of the herb you need or the problem you are facing – either way they will be provided with the right herb. 
Rs. 20 onwards

Seeds: They have an excellent collection of seeds including vegetable seed, English vegetable seeds, flower seed and bulbs. We were startled looking at their vast assemblage of seeds; you name it they’ve got it. 
Price: 30 onwards (50% off MRP)

Organic manure and gardening tools: We must say this is your one stop destination for all your gardening needs. They have good quality organic manure, gardening tools like: pots, trowel, hand cultivator, khurpa and more at reasonable prices. 
Price: Rs. 50 onwards

The place is slightly difficult to locate in the busy market of Sadar, but just ask around, and you will find it. Once you reach there, all the effort will be worth it!

NL tip: If you are unable to find any herb, seed, spice in the market you can let them know and they will make it available for you. 

Time: 10 am to 9 pm, and opens at 3 pm on Thursdays
Location: Shipija Grah Udyog, Murga Market, Gala Market, Sadar Bazaar, Lucknow