The series focuses on some of India’s biggest and most iconic Mega kitchens which are having the ability to serve more than 50,000 people every day and some of the kitchens use amazing technology as well, to get ready their food along with the human power and not only technology there are much more quality of these Worlds biggest kitchens the best part of these kitchens are some of them gives food in free, you can eat as much you want there is the equality between all people regardless of religion, caste, color, creed, age, gender or social status in these mega kitchens, they don’t even charge a single penny from the visitors, in return they only ask is to show respect. So, let’s know about the top 10 Largest kitchens of Asia in detail.
The golden temple in Amritsar is having one the biggest mega kitchen in Asia, it serves more than 50,000 people on a daily basis in the langar, they serve meals all the three-time(Breakfast, dinner, lunch) and during festivals number of people increases to 10,0,000 the visitors don’t have to pay a single penny for the food
Sikh Langar / Free Kitchen
Since the time of Guru Nanak, the first guru of the Sikh people who started the tradition in 1481, the Golden Temple in Amritsar has been serving free hot meals, also known as langar, to people of all religions and faiths who come to its doors every day.
It was designed to uphold the principle of equality between all people regardless of religion, caste, color, creed, age, gender or social status, a revolutionary concept in the caste-ordered society of 16th-century India where Sikhism began.
In addition to the ideals of equality, the tradition of langar expresses the ethics of sharing, community, inclusiveness, and oneness of all humankind. “The Light of God is in all hearts.”
Free langars are served at all Sikh gurudwaras, wherever they may be in the world. But the langar at the Golden Temple is special indeed.
This does not have so much to do with the quality of the food, which is always delicious, but for the sheer scale of the operation and the number of devoted volunteers who prepare it with much love in one the mega kitchen of the world, every single day of the week.
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Every day the number of visitors in the langar is minimum 50,000 and during the festival, it reaches to 10,0.000, there is no problem of place as it is of the mega kitchen the only problem comes is staffing problem and how to manage all this so to solve that the authorities have divided the work to everyone as given below-
- About 90% of the staff is made up of volunteers (known as sewadars) that can help out for as long as they like.
- Volunteers can assist with food preparations such as peeling garlic or hand rolling rotis.
- Large flour grinders located under the kitchen process up to 12,000 kg of flour a day.
- Large vats of lentils require 1-2 people to stir.
- On busy holidays, the kitchen will use their automatic roti machine which can produce 25,000 rotis/hour.
- Once the food is prepared, it is placed into smaller containers so volunteers can carry around the dining hall and serve.
Sitting hall/Dining hall
- After taking in most of the complex, it was time to join pilgrims, locals, tourists, and anyone else who was hungry for lunch.
- At the southeast end of the complex sits the Guru-Ka-Langar, which is a huge dining area where 60,000 to 80,000 people are fed for free every day.
- As we sat down on the floor to eat, everyone from rich Western tourists to Indian pilgrims to poor, begging children sat down together to share a meal.
- Upon entering the hall, you are given a plate and utensils and then directed to the next line of people to sit in. Sikhs come around with food (including seconds!) to fill your plate.
- For the number of people they have to feed each day, the food was surprisingly delicious. It was such an experience to sit with people from all walks of life and enjoy a meal together.
- Despite their social standing, wealth (or lack of), caste, etc. outside of the temple, for a moment, everyone was equal (Sangat and pangat).
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There are hundreds, if not thousands, of volunteers who do everything there: cooking, serving food, cleaning and yes, also washing the dishes.
Many people that come to the gurdwara make some time and do “Sewa” that means selfless service and is one of the main pillars of Sikhism.
In this particular case, the act of washing the dishes is done by many people and can be seen as a teamwork.
The steps are usually these:
- Flush away with water any food that is still on the plate and pass the dish to another person.
- Wash with soap the dishes and pass them.
- Rinse them and pile them (or sometimes it’s passed to another person that piles them).
- Stack them or put them in large baskets so they can be distributed again
2.Shirdi in Maharashtra
Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust of Shirdi in Maharashtra has three mega kitchen halls and known to one of the largest solar kitchens in India. The mega kitchen of Shirdi in Maharashtra prepare 40,000 meals every single day along with breakfast packets.
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Ever since the dining hall or the prasadalaya was built in 2009, the place has been serving over 40,000 devotees on a daily basis.
If you wondered where this kitchen is located then let’s help you soak in the glory of being an Indian, again and if you are not an Indian let’s introduce you to Asia’s biggest kitchen.
Asia’s largest solar-energy driven kitchen
Energy from the sun is helping to give heat to the kitchen for cooking
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With the help of these 72 dishes, the kitchen gets steam to cook food
Taking advantage of India’s geography and climate to cook in an environmentally friendly way, the world’s largest solar kitchen gives us a mega lesson on how to produce for masses without harming the environment.
This kitchen uses solar energy to produce steam for cooking, saving 100,000 kg of gas annually.
These gleaming rooftops are the result of collaboration between the Prasadalaya and solar energy expert Deepak gadhia, it is made under the spiritual beliefs of sai baba which has been fulfilled under the principles of science.
The solar-powered steam cooking systems are divided into o four sectors which are directly above the kitchen of prasadalaya
- The solar cook system collects sunlight from the solar panels to create hot water and steam for cooking. It even works during monsoon.
- The system is comprised of 73 rooftop dishes, of 16 square meters each with 380 meters.
- The dishes system creates 3,500 kgs of the steam when the heat from all 73 dishes concentrates.
- More than 120 workers, chop, mice quarter and vegetables.
- The kitchen has 6 cauldrons that can look up to 100 kilos of vegetable.
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The ISCKON Foundation’s Akshaya Patra is a non-profit organization with the vision that no child shall be deprived of education because of hunger, runs the largest midday meal program in the world.
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.
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The organization simultaneously addresses the twin challenges facing India – hunger, and access to education. Akshaya Patra set up its first kitchen in 2000 to feed 1,500 children in Bangalore and has scaled its operations to feed over one million children on a daily basis in government schools, through 19 kitchens in eight states.
The nutritious meal is hygienically prepared and catered for the local appetite