In Noida, a Willy Wonka’s factory, not of chocolate but full of fresh veggies, curries and chapatis prepares 25,000 meals per day for rail passengers and corporate clients. Automation, high technology and research make the IRCTC central kitchen an ultra modern food factory.
Here some facts that will leave you breathless about the Noida Indian Railway Kitchen!
A chapatti maker produces 1,400 browned chapattis every hour after cutting the dough into 50 gram balls and flattening it.
The Italian dough maker kneads 25 kg wheat flour at a time.
120 workers keep the mega kitchen in motion.
An Effluent Treatment Plant segregates different forms of waste into reusable water, which is reused in toilets and cleaning floors.
400 kilograms of vegetables are chopped in one hour by a Swedish cutting machine.
Solar panels are used to heat water for washing dishes, while for drinking and cooking, there is an RO water treatment plant.
The kitchen also makes 6,000 salty snacks and sweets every day. These include kachoris, laddoos, breadsticks, malpuas, rasgullas and gulab jamus.
Finally, as part of its innovation, the IRCTC central kitchen has a R&D test kitchen to do researches and develop new recipes aims to understand the ever changing consumer tastes, to deliver much more personalized food.