An endless supply of
groceries or is it just pure hard work and dedication? Well, the answer
is, all that and more. Here’s a sneak peak and some facts about some
Indian mega kitchens that will give you some perspective he next time
you struggle to cook instant noodles for 5 of your friends.
Sri Sai Sansthan Prasadalaya
in Shirdi, Maharashtra, is unique as it is one of the largest solar
kitchens in India. Across 4 rooftops of the mega kitchen are arranged 73
solar dishes, each one 16 sq. metres in size, which fuel preparation of
nearly 40,000 meals in a single day. Besides fresh meals, the kitchen
also prepares thousands of ‘breakfast packets’ that are distributed free
of charge in the early morning hours.
The Indian Railways
caters to nearly 6 lakh people every day through their on-board pantry
cars, base kitchens and vendors. A kitchen that stands out from the
others is the Mumbai Central Base Kitchen of the Western Railway, which
has won an award for excellence. It provides timely meals to
approximately 2200 passengers daily. In the clean kitchen, everybody
dons plastic hand gloves and caps and most of the tedious jobs are
mechanized. There are machines that churn out 1,500 parathas every hour.
Air Catering Ltd. is mega-kitchen in the sky. A joint venture of
the Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces and SATS (formerly known as Singapore
Airport Terminal Services). The company provides in-flight catering at
Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Amritsar, Goa and Bangalore. These guys
have prepared more than 1,00,00,000 kgs of hot food till 2011. They
also have special meals for Jains, diabetics, infants and children. The
TajSats Madras Flight Kitchen has the honour of being ranked 1st in
India and 4th in World.
The Golden Temple
in Amritsar, Punjab, churns out 2,00,000 rotis (Indian flat bread), 1.5
tonnes of dal (lentil soup) and other dishes to 100,000 people every
day. The free kitchen uses 100 LPG cylinders and 5,000 kilograms of
firewood on a daily basis. At the Langar, no one goes hungry. Everybody
gets a hot meal regardless of caste, creed and religion.
5. The ISCKON Foundation’s
is a non-profit organization. It also happens to run the world’s
largest school lunch programme. It’s Mega-Kitchen in Hubli, Karnataka,
is a state-of-the-art facility designed to churn out 150,000 meals in
less than 5 hours. The whole system is fully mechanized and supervised
by Quality Control Managers.
Dharmathala Manjunath Temple
in Karnataka’s Udupi town is one of the most visited temples in
southern India, dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is managed entirely by a
single family, the Heggades, who have done this duty for 21 generations.
Today, its Annadanam kitchen is run by one of the Heggade brothers and
on festival days, prepares nearly 70 quintals of rice, 15 quintals of
vegetables and 2000 coconuts! The dining hall seats 2500 at a given
time, with a steady system of rotational seating so that no one is left
waiting in line for too long.
The Jagannath Temple
at Puri, Odisha feeds 100,000 people on a festival day and for about
25,000 on a normal day. It is believed that Goddess Mahalaxmi cooks in
the Kitchen Herself; and all the cooks are her servants. It is also said
that if Mother Laxmi is displeased with the preparations by the cooks, a
dog will appear mysteriously on the temple grounds. If the dog is seen,
all the food must be buried and prepared again.
Peep into what goes on inside some of the largest kitchens of India, in
National Geographic Channel’s
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Source : Scoop Whoop