I’ve always loved the look of a tiffin lunchbox and only recently got to actually try one out. It is so practical and absolutely brilliant for any kind of picnic. Tiffin boxes come in all shapes and sizes, but traditionally they are round, with three or four stacking stainless steel compartments and a handle for carrying. The compartments are sealed with tight-fitting lids and a side clip to prevent any spillages.
The word ‘Tiffin’ can mean a packed lunchbox or afternoon tea, a savoury snack or a sweet treat – as long as it is eaten between breakfast and dinner. In India and especially in Mumbai, tiffin lunchboxes are used daily. They have an efficient lunchbox delivery and return system that delivers hot lunches from homes and restaurants to people at work. The lunchboxes are picked up in the late morning, colour-coded and transported to the station, where they are collected by the dabbawalas, whose mission is to deliver each box to its corresponding workplace and then to return the empty tiffin before the end of the working day. What an amazing concept!
Check back tomorrow for a round up of delicious Indian vegetarian curry recipes!
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