The Golden Temple kitchen in Amritsar, India is the world’s largest free kitchen. There is no discrimination of any kind as people of all castes, creeds, and ideologies eat together on the same table. This tradition has been in place since Shri Guru Nanak started serving free meals to everyone in 1481.
Here are some astonishing facts on how this kitchen makes possible the mega production of meals for all.
During holidays or religious occasions the number of prepared meals goes up to 1 lakh per day!
The kitchen has two halls with a capacity of 5,000 people.
The sewadars (workers) are distributed as 300 permanent staff and hundreds of volunteers.
A roti making machine is used during holidays to supply the ever-increasing demand of food. 25,000 rotis can be cooked in 1 hour, and 2 lakh are delivered daily.
Everyday roughly 12,000 kg wheat, 13,000 kg pulses, 1,500 kg rice and 2,000 kg vegetables are used.
Vats are used to cook those vast quantities of food, they can store 7 quintals of daal or kheer at a time.
3 lakh dishes are washed per day 3 to 5 times.
In a nutshell, this Kitchen is a mega table of equality. Also, it is a place where all hierarchies vanish to leave space for collaboration and mutual compassion; no other kitchen has democratized food for the social good as well as the Golden Temple.