Langar Hall: chapaatis for all

Bangla Sahib

At Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, the Chefs’ Manifesto team visited the temple’s Langar Hall that feeds 10,000 visitors each day. 

Located in the heart of New Delhi, Bangla Sahib Gurudwara was the former residence of Raja Jai Singh. Also known as Jaisinghpura Palace, Bangla Sahib Gurudwara welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors a year as an important pilgrimage site for Sikhs. It comprises of a main gurudwara, the Sarovar (the pool), the Yatri Niwas (Travellers Hostel), a school, a hospital, the Baba Baghel Singh Museum and an art gallery. 

Like all Gurudwaras, this golden domed Gurudwara has a langar, or a community kitchen, run almost exclusively by community volunteers who cook and prepare daily vegetarian meals to feed an estimated 10,000 people. These meals are free to all visitors, regardless of their religion, caste, gender, economic status or ethnicity. In the Gurudwara’s Langar Hall, people from all corners of the globe sit down together to share this delicious meal of chapaati, vegetable-based curry, dal and kheer. 

Bangla Sahib Gurudwara’s is not only an incredible example of how food brings people together but also showcases local action for a good food future. 

Picture 1- A snapshot of people gathered in Langar Hall 
Picture 2- A volunteer cooking enough dahl to feed 10,000 people 

Cooking of Chapaatis Chapaatis 2 

Chapaati Chapaati

Pictures 3 to 6- Chaapti making process