Mysuru, November 11:- Mandya Member of Parliament Sumalatha Ambarish on Sunday inaugurated Akshaya Patra Kitchen of ISKCON that serves healthy, tasty and nutritious food to more than 16,000 students of 154 schools at Mahadevapura in Srirangapattana taluk, Mandya district.
“We conduct 1-2 marriages in our family and struggle to organise food arrangements for the 300-400 guests who attend the wedding. But the serving of midday meals by ISKCON has an immensely dedicated hard work and the blessings of Lord Krishna. The service of ISKCON should reach all the corners of the state. May Lord Krishna give the institution more strength,” she said. She served food to children and had lunch with them.
MLA Ravindra Srikantaiah, Naveen Neerad Das of Global Engagement Initiative, Jai Chaitanya Das of Akshaya Patra Foundation and others were present.
The Akshaya Patra Kitchen which is very unique has the ability to prepare food for more than 20,000 children at a time. It can prepare 2,500 chapatis in one hour. It prepares biogas from organic waste and has cold storage. The kitchen has installed rice fortification blender which can add other grains, millets and 12 nutrients to rice. It provides enough nutrition to kids.
The chapati maker machine at the kitchen can prepare up to 2,500 chapatis per hour by adding wheat flour to it and connecting with water. The kitchen also has the equipment to clean the contaminated water of 3600 litres after preparing the food. The cleaned water can be used for plants or neighbouring farms.
The kitchen which is eco-friendly doesn’t use electricity or LPG. All the food items are boiled using steam energy. Bricks of paddy and sugarcane wastes are used for it. 1,000 kg of rice is prepared in 20 minutes and 5,000 litres of sambar is prepared in 45 minutes in the kitchen. The prepared food is taken to schools in steel vessels which protect the hotness of the food. The kitchen also includes machines to chop vegetables.
Bisibele bath, anna sambar, upma, payasa, kesaribath, sabzi, curd rice and khara pongal are part of the daily menu. (MR/KS)