The Indian Railways does not compromise with food anymore after receiving several complaints over the decades. It’s revamped, it’s gigantic and it’s here to please all passengers. Food is taken very seriously by everyone who is a part of the kitchen that is run by the Indian Rail. People work together as one big family, only in service of the customer who is looked upon as the most important person and his satisfaction is of utmost importance.
When it comes to the food getting made in trains it is important to note down that all the perishables like fruits and vegetables are washed and then sanitized with chlorine tablets before they are moved to the chopping section. All the vegetables come from Mother Dairy and the non perishables are purchased from Metro Cash and Carry.
The kitchen also has an ETP or Effluent Treatment Plant to segregate different forms of waste, into reusable water and air. The Railway has plans to use this reusable water in toilets and to clean floors. If this is soon implemented then a lot of conservation can start taking place.
The way the vegetable chopper which cuts vegetables in minutes is a sight to behold. The vegetable cutting machine comes from a Swedish company and in less than an hour can chop more than 300 grams of vegetables to make delectable Food for Train Journey.
Sources of the Equipments
To make batters for dishes, especially South Indian dishes like vada and idli, equipments are big in nature and can make hundreds of them together. These equipments are state of the art and are sourced from all around the world from brands like- the French company Rosinox, Finnish company Hackmann, Italian company Sottriva and Swedish company Hallde. Besides this, Indian Rail also gets its machinery from Ahmedabad based company- Servotech.
The Chapati making Process
The entire chapati making process is very interesting. The dry flour is slowly converted into dough and then perfectly round chapati come out in less than one and a half minutes. Everything is automatic. Only the water is added to the flour in the roti maker. After this everything is fully automatic. The roti maker gives out round chunks of the dough and then it presses it form proper chapati. After this it’s cooked, packed and then sent out.
Breadsticks we enjoy so much
One item that requires manual labour is the breadsticks that children on train enjoy so much. The dough is shaped by hand using manual labour. It is further baked on a rotary Italian oven oven at a high temperature.
The mega kitchen has solar panels which are used to heat water that is further used to wash dishes. An RO treatment plant is further used for cooking and drinking water.
Since the appearance of the kitchen of the Indian Railways which is behemoth and the food that it churns out, it has come to be featured on ‘India’s Megakitchen’s’ a show on National Geographic Chanel, hosted by Vikas Khanna, a celebrity chef.