India’s mega kitchens on Nat Geo channel. In the show, celebrity chef Vikas Khanna introduces some of India’s mega kitchens. Today’s episode features ISKCON Yatra Kitchen.
During the auspicious Kartik Maas according to the Hindu calendar, thousands of devotees visit the holy Vrindavan.
Iskcon yatra team starts planning for the yatra months in advance. The organizing team visits Vrindavan and Govardhan to select the site to set up temporary kitchen where meals for 5000 devotees will be cooked during the ten days of yatra. Blueprints of the temporary kitchen are made and the pandal is set up accordingly. Eco friendly chulhas are set up to cook the food using firewood as fuel. Huge pots, utensils and other required equipments are brought in. The whole area is cleaned and set up a day in advance.
On the days of yatra, meal preparations start as early as 2.30 am. The recipes to be cooked have already been tried and tested at Govardhan eco village. Volunteers enthusiastically take part in the services assigned to them. Different teams are there for cooking, serving, vegetable chopping etc. On T he last day of the yatra, ‘Annakoot’ is celebrated when devotees cook meals for the Lord and offer chappan bhoga to Him.
ISKCON Yatra In episode 2 of India’s Mega Kitchen, ISKCON builds a remote mini factory to serve 110000 devotees for free during Krishna Janmastami. Watch this episode of India’s Mega Kitchen S2.