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India on the menu

india Updated: Oct 12, 2010 01:50 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

It’s not Italian, Mexican or Chinese, but Indian food, which is the clear winner at the Commonwealth Games Village. “Tandoori rotis and paranthas are very popular among the athletes. Other tandoori items like chicken tikka and paneer tikka are also quickly wiped off the plates,” says Ashok Kumar, who is incharge of operations at the village.

The spicy golgappa is another hot snack on the block. Served at the Indian street food corner that also offers chaat and bhel puri, it has many takers. “The players are really curious about what’s being sold at this counter. They are crazy for golgappa,” says Ajay Grover, catering consultant at the Games village.

Most of the dishes at the Indian counter are Punjabi. “But since the international athletes do not like too much spice and oil, we have softened the preparations to suit their palate. The flavours and aroma are, however, intact,” says Jatinder Uppal, executive chef. There are also other delicacies that the participants vouch for. “I love the lamb curry at the Indian counter. I also like the dal and rice combination,” says Glenn Warfe, an Australian badminton player.

With a capacity to feed 2300 diners at one go, the 24/7 kitchen at the Games village serves over 50 different varieties of food items, including salads, pizza, pasta, and African and Asian cuisines. It has a workforce of 2500, working on eight-hour shifts to produce an average of 3600 servings per meal. There are around 300 chefs, of which 10 are expats.

Daily grocery list
Boneless chicken 1,430 kg
Watermelons 1,230 kg
Rice Basmati 846 kg
Pizzas 800 pcs
Green Peas 750 kg
Lamb Sausages 707 kg
Dal Arhar (Tur Dal) 684 kg
Plain Curd 662 kg
Onion 535 kg
Paneer 509 kg
Dal Chana 408 kg
*Per day consumption of raw materials