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Dec 03 2016 (10:11)  Railways to offer mouthwatering Malwani cuisine shortly (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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MUMBAI: Travellers aboard 40-45 trains passing through Sindhudurg will shortly be able to savour delectable Malwani cuisine during their journey. The cherry on the cake is that they can pay by cashless mode.
IRCTC, the catering wing of the Indian Railways, has tied up with NABARD for this project. The food will be cooked by 30 women from various self help groups. An elaborate kitchen has been set up near Sawantwadi, where women are being trained not just to cook large volumes but to take digital orders as well. Some of them have scarcely used cellphones before.
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project will be launched by railway minister Suresh Prabhu in Sindhudurg Saturday. "A modernised catering unit has been set up to supply Malwani delicacies like surmai, chicken and veg thalis, dry chicken, bhakri, kothimbir and alu wadi, puran poli with desi ghee, rice noodles and sweet coconut milk, rice modak, solkadi and various chutneys", said Rajashree Mankame, district development manager.
NABARD has sanctioned a grant assistance of Rs 6.23 lakh to Lupin Human Welfare and Research Foundation towards the supply of local cuisine on trains through SHGs. The money goes towards the equipment and furniture of the central kitchen including deep freezer, microwave oven, food processor, packing and sealing machines, furniture, computer, printer and delivery vehicles. The kitchen is located near Sawantwadi railway station.
Thirty women members of Maher Loksanchalit Sadhan Kendra, Sawantwadi, were identified for this activity. They belong to 19 SHGs and were trained not only in cooking large volumes of Malwani delicacies but also in hygienic practices, fire safety, marketing, packaging, processing online orders -- and accepting cashless payment.
Konkan, one of the most famous tourist destinations in the country, is known for its Malwani delicacies. The Food on Track e-catering service will soon go live on Konkan Railway.
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