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Lunch break

Khana Khazana has introduced vegetarian `thali' lunch for corporate offices


MUCH IS talked about the dabbawalas in Mumbai, who comprise a meticulously organised chain which ensures that the whopping workforce in the metro gets its fill, in the form of a sumptuous ghar ka khana and piping hot at that. Similar enterprises are being put into practice in other cities in the country of late. While the twin cities have emerged as promising career hubs especially with global biggies opening their IT, call centre and other off shore offices here, a few essential services, such as making available wholesome lunches a la dabbawala to the young executives, are yet to see the light of the day here. A humble beginning in this direction probably is the lunch thali designed for the corporate workforce, introduced by Khana Khazana recently.

"One of the basic requirements that the workforce needs is a good, filling and hygienically packed lunch that is affordably priced. In the absence of an option that gives them door delivery of the same, canteens and other similar small eateries are what they would resort to in the twin cities. This idea of pre plated corporate lunch pack came from Chennai, a scheme introduced by an entrepreneur that is a big hit with corporate offices there. So we decided to launch the service in the twin cities as part of our 100 day celebrations," says Deepa Gupta of Khana Khazana, the new multi cuisine restaurant at Punjagutta that is the talk of the town for its lunch thalis already.

And what does the platter have in store? Well, the executive lunch holds three kinds of rice from a Bisibeli bath, Coconut rice, Curd rice, Lemon rice to Pulihora, two sabzis--Vegetable korma, Mixed vegetable curry or a green peas preparation for the gravy option and a Bhindi or Capsicum fry in the fried fare. The pickles and chutney complete the appetising fare. The lunch tray does not include desserts or papads. "People are getting diet conscious these days and prefer to stay away from meetha. So we did not want to include sweetmeats. Also, the cuisine is going to be less spicy and oily.

Meanwhile we give them an option to choose from the type of lunch they would like to order, from a Chinese, South to a North Indian fare. For instance, people generally like to indulge in Chinese cuisine on weekend, so probably we could pack that for them if asked for," she explains. Fried rices, noodles and accompanying Vegetarian Manchurian and Gobi 65 would sure make for a weekend fiesta at the desk.

The executive lunch is priced at Rs. 35 inclusive of free delivery within a radius of 5-6 km, "provided there is a bulk order per month, say about 25 pre-plated lunches, that would make it a viable option. The short radius will ensure delivery of the lunch within 15 minutes," says Deepa.

Need to book your lunches? Contact Khana Khazana (6-3-452, Punjagutta) on Tel: 30913537, 30913538 or 98850-65650. With a wholesome Bisibeli bath coming to your desk, you'd surely wish you worked on a Sunday!

SYEDA FARIDA

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