Solar Kitchen

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circa 2004


Dining Hall  Monday - Saturday 12.15 to 1.15 pm and Sundays 12.15 to 1.00 pm (lunch), 6.00 to 7.30 pm (dinner)

The Kitchen asks anyone intending to eat there to book in advance, either monthly or by day. It's possible to arrive unannounced without a booking, but you have to wait until 1.00 pm before joining the lunchtime queue, when un-booked diners are welcome.

For bookings phone 2622197.

For general information phone 2622663 (office) or email

General Information and Background

The Solar Kitchen building has been designed as a major collective kitchen for the Auroville community and was finalized in December 1997. Since then it has served lunches in its Dining Hall and in the same time sent lunches to different outlets like schools or individuals.

Since September 2006 also on Sundays lunch is served in the Dining Hall. Since October 2006 every evening, except Sundays, dinner is served.

It derives its name from the big Solar-Bowl on its roof, which provides part of the steam for cooking on all the sunny days of the year. The other part of the steam needed, is provided by a diesel fired boiler.

Besides the 180 or so who come to eat in it, the Kitchen also feeds around 60 people in outlying communities. These remote diners supply the Kitchen with a 'tiffin', a collection of interlocking cylindrical stainless steel containers designed to carry many different dishes simultaneously, which they collect and take home filled with food. The kitchen delivers a further 400 meals to Auroville's various schools and service centres, including an internal distribution centre called  Pour Tous. After 45 Solar Kitchen staff have also eaten, the average number of meals served daily by the Kitchen rises to roughly 700.

Members and Affiliations

Throughout the year approximately 700 lunches are prepared daily, except Sundays. One third of these meals is served inside the Dining Hall.

Aims and Objectives

The Solar Kitchen is providing a vegetarian and kind of cosmopolitan menu, prepared largely of the vegetables and grains grown organically in and around Auroville. There is a choice between western items like pasta, mashed potato or fresh salads and eastern items like idli/dosai, dal or chutneys.
Daily curd and freshly made juices are available.

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