The North Indian Canteen popularly known as the Punjabi Canteen was established in the year 1997and serves authentic North Indian food to the devotees. This canteen was established by Bhagawan in his infinite mercy towards the devotees hailing from North India who find it difficult to partake classical South Indian food.
The canteen serves food for two sessions in the day – Lunch and Dinner.
The food that is served to the devotees is first offered to Bhagawan, and thus is literally considered as Prasadam, and not just another meal. In accordance with the sentiment attached to the food, high respect and reverence is given to all matters pertaining to the food here.
Baba says – “Annam Brahma” which means, Food is God. Thus, there is constant effort towards ensuring that the food prepared is not wasted. The devotees are also constantly advised not to waste any food as it is considered a sin.
- Lunch is served between 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. North Indian dishes such as Tandoori Roti, Poori, Batoora, along with Rice and Curries are available during this session, apart from a wide variety of sweets. Click here to view the detailed lunch menu. Click here to view the detailed sweets menu.
- Dinner is served between 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. North Indian dishes such as Tandoori Roti, Poori, Batoora, along with Rice and Curries are available during this session, apart from a wide variety of sweets. Click here to view the detailed dinner menu.
All the items are available at affordable prices. Most of the items are available for Rs. 4 – 5 per serving/helping. The prices vary for special curries and sweets. These prices are maintained in a manner such that they are affordable when compared to the hotels outside.
Baba says, – “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”. Cleanliness is given utmost priority in the canteen. The dining area and the kitchen are sparkling examples for the care that the staff and the sevadal (Volunteers) who put in hours together to clean up the dining area and the kitchen at the end of each session.
All the utensils, including the plates and glasses which are used by the devotees are cleaned by the sevadal who come in rotation from different states to Prasanthi Nilayam to perform service.
While the gents sevadal ensure that the kitchen premises are clean and ready for cooking at the end of each session, the ladies sevadal lend their hand in cleaning the plates and glasses for the dining sessions.
All the works in the canteen from purchase of raw materials, cooking, serving to washing the dishes are managed by people who are rendering complete voluntary service.
There is no coupon counter available for the North Indian Canteen. The devotee will have to go in a line, take the items as in a buffet, and then pay for the items taken at the cash counter before consuming.
Separate Dining Hall for Ladies and Gents:
As per Bhagawan’s instructions ladies and the gents are not allowed to move together in any of the places within the Ashram. Accordingly, there are separate dining halls for the ladies and gents.