At Patel Brothers, we're committed to sharing what we know best about our Indian heritage and culture: our food. We hope to continue to educate and expose new generations to the regional diversity of India and the richness of our culture and our food. Unlike mega stores, Patel Brothers is devoted to continuing its family tradition of personal service and exceptional quality. We guarantee that only the best spices and freshest produce will end up on your table. From our store to your plate, we hope to share the rich traditions of our ancestors with your family.
Who We Are
Rooted in the American dream, Patel Brothers is a family-owned business. Through determination and hard work, our family sought to achieve the freedom and opportunity for which all immigrant families hoped. Today, Patel Brothers owes its success to the perseverance, hard work and dedication of five generations. We are both proud and humbled to say that Patel Brothers is the largest Indian Grocery chain in America, with over 35 stores nationwide and still growing.
It was the desire to achieve more than living and working for the wealth of another that began the Patel family's journey to build their own business. After years of working in the assembly lines of various factories throughout the city of Chicago, opportunity came knocking when Mafat Patel met Mr. Ramesh Trivedi, who was interested in selling his Indian Grocery Business. Excited by the chance to finally run his own business, Mafat Patel informed his brother, Tulsi Patel and his sister in law, Aruna Patel, and advised them to invest in this new venture. Both Tulsi and Aruna embraced the opportunity, not only as a business endeavor, but also as a way to give back to their community. Even with Chicago's growing Indian population, local grocery stores did not offer the ingredients to make a traditional Indian meal. In September of 1974, Tulsi and Aruna opened the first Patel Brothers store, at 2034 W. Devon Avenue. It was this commitment to tradition and hard work that marked our beginning; and, it is this commitment that has sustained our family run business for nearly four decades.
At Patel Brothers, our mission is to bring the best ingredients from around the world, right to your doorstep. With a wide variety of authentic regional ingredients, we strive to reconnect people with the familiar flavors of India.
Our rich heritage is closely linked to our culinary traditions. Many of our Indian traditions and beliefs are directly related to the foods we eat and the dishes we prepare. With the strict vegetarian diets of many areas of India, ingredients like dals, lentils, and rice are cornerstones of Indian cuisine. The culinary diversity of India’s various regions is tied together by a common thread, and no Indian meal would be complete without the intense flavor of aromatic, all-natural Indian spices.