Volume 1: What's for Lunch?
India

Traditional Indian Dishes from the Four Jewels of India

Mitsubishi Electric India Pvt. Ltd.
August 2017

India is a country of great cultural and culinary diversity, so Mitsubishi Electric employees have quite different lunches depending on where they work. Let's explore some delicious lunches from four beautiful cities in India where Mitsubishi Electric has local offices.

1. Barnaly Sengupta — Kolkata branch

Barnaly Sengupta (left) is responsible for day-to-day Commercial activities of Living Environment Division at the Kolkata Branch office, which caters to markets in eastern India. Her duties include invoicing, preparing sales reports, credit control and other administrative tasks.

Today, she decided to have lunch at a restaurant across from her office. The multicourse (middle) consisted of rice, mixed vegetables, Indian chapati bread, rohu (a freshwater fish), salad, chutney (a sweet-and-sour delicacy), papad and a special Bengali sweet called roshogolla. "Today's lunch was a real treat for the taste buds and it was very satisfying", says Barnaly.

Today's a great day for her to enjoy lunch out—a nice clear day with the sun not as strong as usual. She usually brings lunch from home and eats with her colleagues in the office lunch room. Ordering a packed lunch is a common option, too. However, occasionally, when the weather is nice she loves to go out to the eateries near her office and try the mouth-watering Bengali dishes on offer.

Bengal is a place where people consider food as the essence of life. A traditional Bengali multicourse meal is characterised by a mix of subtle and fiery flavours along with a variety of sweet dishes. In Bengal, people have a fish course at least once a day.

Notable site in Kolkata — Victoria Memorial (right)
The Victoria Memorial is a Grand Palatial Marble Building in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. This historical building is located close to the Kolkata branch office of Mitsubishi Electric India. Built between 1906 and 1921, this landmark structure in Kolkata was begun by Lord George Curzon, Viceroy of India, and dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria of England. It is now a museum and a popular tourist destination.

2. Ullas Christopher — Bangalore branch

Ullas Christopher (left) is an assistant manager of the Semiconductor & Device Department at the Bangalore branch office. He is a member of the sales team for semiconductor devices in the southern part of India. He also supports some of the major key accounts in the same region.

His lunch today (middle) included a combination of different types of rice (tamarind rice, lemon rice, pulav vegetable rice and steamed rice with sambar broth) accompanied by vegetable salad and roti bread along with a side dish made of aubergine. He also enjoyed the popular sweet jalebi, which is deep-fried maida flour batter in pretzel or spiral shapes soaked in sugar syrup. "Today's lunch was beautiful, as it was served on a banana leaf in authentic South Indian style. It had all the flavours from spicy to sweet and it wasn't just delicious, but very healthy too", he comments.

Usually he brings his lunch from home, but as a break from his usual routine he sometimes goes out for lunch with his colleagues when the weather is cool and relaxing. They sample a good variety of cuisines at different restaurants near the office. Sometimes these restaurants may not be very extravagant, but all that matters are great taste and the opportunity to explore something new.

Notable site in Bangalore — Vidhana Soudha (right)
This modern structure is located very close to Mitsubishi Electric's Bangalore branch office in Bengaluru. Vidhana Soudha is a landmark building for the city of Bangalore. Built in 1956, it is the seat of the state legislature of the Indian state of Karnataka. The Vidhana Soudha has four floors above ground level and one floor below, and sprawls across an area measuring 700 metres in length by 350 metres in width.

3. Krishnapal Singh — Gurgaon branch

Krishnapal Singh (left) is a senior executive of the Information Systems and Services Department, and his day-to-day task is to support the IT infrastructure at Mitsubishi Electric India.

Today, he and a colleague went out for lunch at a nearby popular restaurant specialising in North Indian food. Their North Indian platter consisted of naan (a tear-shaped flatbread baked in a tandoor oven), vegetable jalfrezi (a curry dish with various vegetables), dal (an Indian dish made from pulses such as chickpeas or lentils) and freshly cut green salad.

They chose this particular meal for its range of flavours. Their classic dessert masterfully balanced out their otherwise heavily spiced meal, pleasing both their eyes and taste buds.

While he often brings his own lunch to work, Krishnapal also has some favourite takeaway meals, generally North Indian food.

Notable site in Delhi — Qutub Minar (right)
Qutub Minar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Delhi, near Mitsubishi Electric's head office in Gurgaon. Qutub Minar is a 73-metre (240-foot) high, five-storey tower. The diameter at its base is 14.3 metres (47 feet), but this tapers to 2.7 metres (9 feet) at the peak. It contains a spiral staircase with 379 steps. Qutb Ud-Din-Aibak, founder of the Delhi Sultanate, started construction of the Qutub Minar in around 1192. In 1220, Aibak's successor and son-in-law Iltutmish completed construction of the structure.

4. Deepali Tamkar — Pune branch

Deepali Tamkar (left) is a service coordinator at Mitsubishi Electric's Pune branch office, where she is mainly responsible for service coordination activities in the CNC Service Department. Her key roles include supporting commercial activities and dispatching CNC parts to customers.

Today, she had lunch with her colleagues at a restaurant known for serving the best local Maharashtrian delicacies. They had chapati (wheat roti bread) with bharlele vange (Brinjal masala curry), bhendi fry (okra fried in Indian masala) and green pea pulav rice served with raita and salad, and topped it off with a popular sweet, amrakhand (sweetened yoghurt flavoured with mango, saffron, cardamom and cashew nuts).

"Seeing these mouth-watering dishes, we were unable to control our hunger", she confesses, as all the dishes full of different ingredients and spices were both too delicious and healthy to resist. These lunches with colleagues are refreshing breaks she enjoys to help her energise, as well as the perfect time to exchange thoughts and ideas with them.

She usually brings homemade food for lunch, but occasionally dines out with her colleagues to enjoy a variety of food, fun ambience and friendly environment. While she is not afraid to try new things, her all-time favourite is her mother's authentic Indian food.

Notable site in Pune — Shaniwar Wada (right)
Shaniwar Wada is a historical fortification in the city of Pune in Maharashtra. The fort is located close to Mitsubishi Electric India's Pune branch, which also has two manufacturing facilities and an R&D centre. Built in 1732 by Peshwa Baji Rao I, prime minister to Chhatrapati (King) Shahu, it was the fort of the Peshwa (Prime Minister) of the Maratha Empire until 1818. Following the rise of the Maratha Empire, the palace became the centre of Indian politics in the 18th century. The Shaniwar Wada was originally the seven-storied capital building of the Peshwas of the Maratha Empire and is seen as an iconic building of Pune.