You think your kitchen is tough? Think it gets hot? Think your washer has a lot of dishes to do at the end of service? The videos below will make you rethink all of the above.
They’re filmed inside The Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab, where the daily kitchen operation is a military style mission that feeds, wait for it, around 40,000 people daily – a number that often jumps, especially on weekends and holidays when the kitchen feeds up to 100,000 people.
Just think about that. The videos show just what a monster undertaking it is, with hundreds of staff joined by hundreds of volunteers. The roti – tens of thousands a day – are all made by hand, but they do have a machine in case it gets busy. Wow.
The concept of public langars is said to have been started by Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion. The idea is that anyone, no matter race, creed or religion can enter the dining room and enjoy a meal.
One video is a tour of the kitchen, another shows cooks making one dish in enormous pans and the last is a longer walk through of the entire kitchen, dining room and plate washing – which is, thankfully, done by the guests.