The Central Prison, Poojappura, is no more a place which the public do not like to enter. Thanks to the food items brought out from its kitchen.
Following the grand success of the chapati sales, which started from the prison on November 28, 2011, the production of ‘idli’ and ‘sambar’ began at the special sub jail, Poojappura, on November 28, this year. Making the prison kitchen more delicious, chilli chicken was brought out from the Central Prison on December 20. A packet of five chapatis and chicken curry is being sold at Rs 25, whereas a plate of vegetable curry with chapatis costs Rs 20. Five idlis and vegetable curry is available at Rs 20 and a plate of chilli chicken costs Rs 35.
The sales of chapatis crossed the one-crore mark on December 20 and the department contributed to the state exchequer Rs 3.25 crore solely out of the sales of chapati and curries till November. At present, around 50,000 packets are being sold per day along with a packet of 4,500 chicken and 2,500 vegetable curries. On an average, 8,500 idlis are sold and around 100 kg of chicken is used to make chilli chicken to meet a day’s demand.
The prison dishes are sold through two outlets; one in front of the Central Prison and the other in front of Women’s Prison Attakkulangara and through four mobile outlets.