What’s on your plate today? That is the primary agenda of a noted NGO in Ahmedabad serving wholesome lunch to school children every day, along with other children across the country. What are the elements in this special plate that make it truly wholesome?
Ahmedabad, among other things, is known for its delicious Gujarati Thaali (plate). So when this Indian charitable trust set out to serve wholesome meals to children, they were aware of the challenge. They decided to include nutritious elements from the traditional Gujarati Thaali and rotate the menu throughout the week. The menu that this NGO decided to serve in Ahmedabad begins with Soya Chunks Pulav, Mix Dal and Thepla on Mondays; Tur dal khichdi, Sabji with Kabuli Chana, Thepla and Chakri on Tuesdays; Jeera rice with Kabuli Chana, Dal Dhokli and biscuits on Wednesdays and so on.
There’s a good mix of pulses, vegetables and cereals apart from milk products, nuts and fruits. This Indian charitable trust understands what children need most – a balanced diet. This means the elements in every day’s lunch plate involves a good mix of proteins and carbohydrates.
This NGO in Ahmedabad is no other than Akshaya Patra that serves mid-day meals to school children in the city and also in other locations across the country. The charitable trust makes wholesome meal fun for Indian children by including sweets, milk products, fruits and nuts. Of course, local flavours play a major role in these meals which makes them interesting for school children.
Just like in Ahmedabad, every city has a set of local meals that have nutritious ingredients suitable for specific climate and this is duly recognised by the NGO. For instance, Thepla is a regular part of everyday meals in Ahmedabad, so the NGO includes it in almost every other day during the mid-day meal programme. Thepla contains fenugreek seeds, whole wheat flour, gram flour, pear millet flour, sourgham flour among others that are rich sources of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, calcium, dietary fibre and several dietary minerals.
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