The purpose of the government-run Indira Canteens is to offer low-cost meals to the public. Rahul Gandhi introduced these eateries, which serve breakfast for 5 and lunch/dinner for 10. Up to 500 people may be fed daily at each of the canteens. Indira Canteens, which is supported financially by the government, is fast growing. There are plans to open 27 central kitchens, one in each of Bengaluru’s assembly constituencies.

People have different perspectives on the food’s quality and whether or not it’s worth the price. Indira Canteens’ principal mission is to feed those at affordable cost who would otherwise go hungry. Food quality varies by location and may fall short of expectations set by fine dining establishments. Indira Canteens, on the other hand, provide a much-needed service by providing low-cost, healthy meals to those in need.

Indira Canteens’ value, in the end, is a matter of opinion. While they may not be known for their fine dining, they serve an important purpose in alleviating food insecurity and hunger among the community’s economically vulnerable members.

Points to Remember

Here are some key points to note about Indira Canteens:

  1. Exclusively for the Underprivileged: Indira Canteens primarily serve the underprivileged population, providing them with affordable meal options.
  2. Clean Environment: The canteens are typically maintained in a clean and hygienic condition.
  3. Moderate Expectations: It’s important to set realistic expectations when dining at Indira Canteens. While they offer affordable meals, don’t anticipate high-quality or exceptionally flavorful dishes.


People in Bangalore are flocking to Indira Canteens because their food is cheap (menu items cost between 5 and 10) and the restaurants are conveniently located around the city. Having eaten at an Indira Canteen for both breakfast and lunch, I feel qualified to comment on the experience.

In general, I was satisfied. Despite its cheap costs, the canteen managed to keep itself clean, and the audience appeared to like the cuisine. The food was edible, but not of very good quality in my opinion.

The Upma served during breakfast was adequate, albeit unremarkable. It was a tasty alternative to cereal in the morning. The lunch of sambar and rice was just so-so, and the curd rice, although not tasteless, had an overly-diluted quality.

Given the low cost, Indira Canteens are a choice for meals that many people are willing to try. Since everyone has their own unique sense of taste, I hope you’ll give it a go and report back with your thoughts. Feel free to leave a remark below with your thoughts, even if they disagree with mine.

Day of the Week
Breakfast (07: 30 to 10:00)
Lunch(12: 30 to 15:00) and Dinner(19: 30 to 21:00)
Idli or Puliyogare
White rice, Veg Sambar or Tomato bath & Curd rice
Idli or Kharabath
White rice, Veg Sambar or Chitranna & Curd rice
Idli or Pongal
White rice, Veg Sambar or Vangibath & Curd rice
Idli or Rava Khichdi
White rice, Veg Sambar or Bisibelebath & Curd rice
Idli or Chitranna
White rice, Veg Sambar or Menthya Pulav & Curd rice
Idli or Vangibath
White rice, Veg Sambar or Puliyogere & Curd rice
Idli or Kharabath or Kesaribath
White rice, Veg Sambar or Vegetable Pulao & Curd rice
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