At a time when many in the country are facing the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on their livelihood, Shyam Rasoi in Delhi has come forward to offer food for just INR 1 per thali. By Tanvi Jain

Every day from 11:00 am to 01:00 pm, Shyam Rasoi in Bhooto Wali Gali of Delhi’s Nangloi area serves its customers a complete thali for just INR 1. With a staff of six people who are paid around INR 300 to INR 400 or even students from schools and colleges who often volunteer to help, this restaurant manages to feed over a thousand people per day. 

“Daily we feed 1,000 to 1,100 people here and also provide parcel in nearby areas such as Inderlok, Sai Mandir, via three e-rickshaws. Altogether around 2,000 Delhiites eat here from Shyam ki Rasoi. We get donations from people. Yesterday (October 10) an old lady came and offered us ration, another day somebody gave us wheat, and thus we are running it for the last two months. People do help us via digital payment modes also. We have the capacity to run for seven more days. Also, I request all to help us with ration and continue this service,” Shyam Rasoi owner Praveen Goyal told ANI. 

Earlier he used to charge INR 10 for one thali but now he has been selling it for INR 1, for the past two months. Ranjeet Singh, a businessman who gave him the area for the job, said, Since NGT has closed down the factory, it was lying vacant. When he came to me, I gave him this space. We do not take cash from anybody. It’s open for donation and even through digital payment modes. Many people from this area come here to eat regularly and we are happy.” 

Shyam Rasoi’s basic menu comprises of rotirice, paneer, soya pulao, halwa and soybean, which changes every day. All his customers enjoy the food and love to visit again and again. In fact, none of them has ever complained of any issue regarding health and hygiene. 

#TnlSalutes Shyam Rasoi for serving the needy, especially in trying times like these. 

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