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.
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.
Throughout the year approximately 700 lunches are prepared daily, except Sundays. One third of these meals is served inside the Dining Hall.
- Timings: Monday - Saturday 12.15 to 1.15 pm and Sundays 12.15 to 1.00 pm (lunch)
- For bookings phone 2622197.
- For general information phone 2622663 (office) or mail solarkitchen (at) auroville.org.in
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.
- "Auroville Solar Kitchen" on Solar Cooking Wiki: solarcooking.wikia.com/wiki/Auroville_Solar_Kitchen