After protests, Kerala dishes back on track: Puttu-kadala, appam, porotta feature on Indian railway menu
The Indian Railways had earlier decided to replace Kerala dishes in the trains with north Indian dishes like kachori and chole bhature. The Twitterati had immediately protested slamming the railway officials.
Thiruvananthapuram: Keralaties are happy as the Indian Railways has revised its menu, following the protests. In the revised menu, the Indian Railways has added appam, egg curry, puttu-kadala, porotta and chappati.
The Kerala dishes were retained in the new menu after the Indian Railways' catering, and tourism corporation faced backlash on social media. In the earlier decision, the railway authorities had decided to replace Kerala dishes with north Indian dishes like kachori and chole bhature.
Meanwhile, Ernakulam MP Hibi Eden had sent a letter to railway minister Piyush Goyal raising the issue of alleged discrimination against Keralites, and got an assurance from the IRCTC official that they will add snacks including sukhiyan and unniyappam, which will be served in the train.
In his letter to the minister, the MP had stated that dishes, which are very important to Malayalis for breakfast such as appam, egg curry, porotta, dosa, puttu were excluded along with snacks such as pazham pori, kozhukkatta, unniyappam, neyyappam and sukhiyan. He had also raised the issue of hike in the price of food items.
Eden said the IRCTC officials, who visited his home on Wednesday morning, had presented him with the list of delicacies to be served by its local vendors in Kerala.
Twitterati had also bashed the Indian Railways for their discrimination. One user termed it as cultural fascism. He took to Twitter, "Cultural Fascism, yes. But who benefits? Companies in Western Europe & US made money off the Holocaust. Have IRCTC contracts been given to someone more familiar with cooking these dishes?"