Discovering India's Tiffin Boxes

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Have you ever tried packing your lunch in a tiffin box? They're a terrific and eco-friendly way to pack lunch—the containers that hold the food are generally stainless steel, which doesn't have the risk of leaching BPAs into your or your family's lunches the same way certain plastics might. The blogger at Life In The Hutch discovered, when she travelled to India, that tiffin boxes are a regular part of every day eating there.

The tiffin box

I have now learned that the meal itself (usually lunch) is actually the tiffin, and the stacked container is the tiffin box. Traditionally, these tiffins consist of a dal, a curry, some rice or bread (naan, roti, paratha…) and possibly a raita or a dessert. Some cities in India, like Mumbai, even have a vast network of tiffin wallas, who deliver hot lunches from home to the men who are at work.

Tiffin box

Image Credit: Life In The Hutch, used by permission.

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