Food Menu for Amarnath Yatris

Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board has prescribed the Food Menu to be served by the Langar Organizations to the Yatris during this year’s Shri Amarnathji Yatra which is scheduled to commence on 28th June, 2013 and conclude on 21st August, 2013.

This was disclosed by Mr. Navin K. Choudhary, CEO, SASB. He informed that all fried and high caloric fatty items like poori, bhatoora, pizza, burger, stuffed prantha, dosa and fried roti, bread butter, cream/butter based food, and all other fried/fast food, cold drinks, high caloric sweet dishes and intoxicants have been banned.

Mr. Choudhary informed that high protein food like cereals, pulses, potato, saag, nutrela (soya chunks), basin curry, roti, tandoori roti, bread, rusks, tea, coffee, fruit juice, vegetable soup, kheer, dry fruit etc which
provide stamina and keep body light, have been permitted to be served to the Yatris. Shri N. N. Vohra, Governor, who is Chairman of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, has asked CEO, SASB to ensure effective implementation of
the expert advice received and revise the Terms and Conditions of the Langer permissions to bind the Langars to serve food to the Yatris strictly in accordance with the Food Menu.

Mr. Choudhary further informed that the Special High Powered Committee constituted by the Supreme Court had earlier observed that a large number of food items included in the Menu of Langar Organizations were not suitable for pilgrims who are required to trek in high altitude areas and recommended that an Expert Committee should prepare an appropriate Food Menu to be adhered to by the Langar Organizations.

The Food Menu has been formulated by the committee comprising Mr. Navin K. Choudhary, Chief Executive Officer, Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, Col. Rajul Gupta (High Altitude Medicine Specialist) from Union Health
Ministry, Dr. Jahangir Bakshi and Dr. Sham Gopal from the J&K State Health Department in its meeting held on 7th January, 2013 at Jammu. A table containing the permitted/banned food items in the Yatra area is as

Permitted Menu

Cereals, Pulses, Green Vegetables, Potato, Saag, Nutrela (Soya Chunks), Besan Curry, Plain Dal, Green Salad, Fruits, boiled / instant noodles, Chowmein, Sprouts.

Plain Rice, Zeera Rice, Khichri and Nutrela Rice.

Roti / Phulka, Dal Roti, Missi Roti, Makki ki Roti (Un-fried), Tandoori Roti, Bread / Kulcha/Double Roti, Rusk, Chocolate, Biscuits, Roasted Channa and Jaggery, Samber, Idli, Uttapam, Poha, Vegetable Sandwich with cream/ butter/cheese, Bread Jam, Kashmiri nan (girda), steam dumplings (vegetable momos).

Herbal Tea, Coffee, Curd, Sharbat, Lassi, Lemon Squash / Water, Low fat milk, Fruits Juice, Vegetable Soup, tomato soup, mineral water.

Kheer (Rice / Sabudana), White Oat (Daliya), Figs, Raisins, Apricots, Other Dry fruits (only roasted / raw), Low fat milk, sawain, Honey, Boiled sweets (candy), Roasted Papad, Khakra, Tila ka Ladoo, Dhokla, Chikki (Guchak), Reweri.

Banned Menu

All Non-Vegetarian foods, Alcohols, Tabacco, Gutka, Pan Masala, Smoking, other intoxicants.

Heavy Pullav / Fried.

Poori, Bathura, Piza, Burger, stuffed Parantha, Dosa and Fried roti, Bread butter, Pickles, Chutney based foods, butter based foods, Pickle, Chutney and fried papad, all other fried / fast food.

Cold drinks and Kharrah.

Halwa, Jalebi, Gulab Jamun, Laddu, Khoya Burfi, Rasgulla and all other Halwai items, Crunchy Snacks (high in fat and salts) Chips / kurkure, Matthi, Namkeen Mixture, Pakora, Samosa, Fried dry fruits and all other deep fried items.

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