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 the delicious luncheon meals 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 bread chapati, rohu (a freshwater fish), salad, chutney (sweet and sour delicacy), papad, and a special Bengali sweet called roshogolla. "Today's lunch was a real treat to the taste buds and very satisfying," says Barnaly.

It is a great day for her to lunch out—a nice clear day with the sun not as strong as usual. She usually brings her lunch from home and eats with her colleagues at 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 and try the eateries around her office for the mouth-watering Bengali dishes they offer.

Bengal is a place where people consider food as the essence of life. A Bengali traditional multicourse meal is characterized by a mix of subtle and fiery flavors 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 of Kolkata was initiated by Lord George Curzon, Viceroy of India, and was dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria of England. This place 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 of 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 compilation of different types of rice (tamaring rice, lemon rice, pulav (vegetable rice), and steamed rice with sambar) accompanied by vegetable salad and roti along with a side dish made of eggplant. 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 flavors from spicy to sweet and was not only delicious but very healthy as well," he comments.

Usually he brings his lunch from home, but to break the regular pattern, he sometimes goes out to lunch with his colleagues when the weather is cool and soothing. They try out a good variety of cuisines at different restaurants available near the office. The restaurant may not be too extravagant at times, 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, this building is the seat of the state legislature of Karnataka State of India. The Vidhana Soudha has four floors above and one floor below ground level and sprawls across an area of 700 meters in length by 350 meters in width.

3. Krishnapal Singh- Gurgaon branch

Krishnapal Singh (left) is a senior executive of the Information Systems & 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 to lunch at a nearby popular restaurant specializing in North Indian food. Their North Indian platter consisted of naan (a tear-shaped flatbread baked in a tandoor), vegetable jalfrezi (a curry dish consisting of various vegetables), dal (an Indian dish made from pulses such as chick peas or lentils) and freshly cut green salad.

They opted for this particular meal for its range of flavors. The 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 favorite takeout 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-meter (240-foot) tall tapering tower of five stories, with a 14.3-meter (47-foot) base diameter, reducing to 2.7 meters (9 feet) at the peak. It contains a spiral staircase of 379 steps. Qutb Ud-Din-Aibak, founder of the Delhi Sultanate, started construction of the Qutub Minar 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, mainly responsible for service coordination activities of 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) with bharlele vange (Brinjal masala curry), bhendi fry (fried ladyfingers in Indian masala), green peas pulav (rice) served with raita (salad), and topped it off with a popular sweet amrakhand (sweetened yogurt flavored 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 lunch breaks with colleagues are refreshing moments she enjoys to help her energize, as well as a 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, pleasant ambience and friendly environment. While she is not shy to explore, her all-time favorite 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. This historical fort is located close to Mitsubishi Electric India's Pune branch, which also has two manufacturing facilities and an R&D center. Built in 1732 by Peshwa Baji Rao I, prime minister to (King) Chattrapati Shahu, it was the fort of Peshwa (Prime Minister) of the Maratha Empire until 1818. Following the rise of the Maratha Empire, the palace became the center 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.