Food Served in Indian Trains #ShatabdiExpress

Food Served in Indian Trains #ShatabdiExpress

While entering Executive Class of Shatabdi Express, I was curious to know how the premium sitting section of the train was going to be different from the rest of the compartments. I’m not a frequent train traveller; not a frequent traveller to be honest. For short distances, AC chair car in trains is good and I get my seat booked in such compartments. “Executive class is higher fare, better comfort and better food” that I knew.

I occupied my seat, found it more comfortable than the other classes. Leg-space was more, seats were stylishly cushioned and covered. Satisfied with the ambience, all I wanted was to be served with good food.

Quickly and sharply, stewards brought water bottles, a cold beverage and hot tea with Marie biscuits. Sipping tea in the first class AC compartment, I went through the fresh newspaper that was placed on the chair before our arrival.

My newspaper coverage was interrupted midway by the service boy.

“Do you want cornflakes?”

Thinking “This seems to be the ‘Executive Class addition”, I replied, “Yes, please”.

A bowl and a packet of cornflakes were placed in a tray. The guy poured some milk in the bowl and I was ready to feast. Another surprise, a banana, also accompanied the pre-breakfast treat. The journey was five and a half hours long and two hours were already over. I began to look into my mailbox on my phone and scrolled through the social media posts while waiting for another round of breakfast;)

“Veg or non-veg?”, the service boy was asking me.
I, under the effect of early waking up and train-swinging, was sleeping like a baby.

“Thought it was mentioned in the ticket, I want veg. What are the options?”

“Veg-Cutlets, Parantha or Dahi-vada!”

“So many options!” I was surprised as we never get these options in other chair cars. Then remembered I was travelling in the Executive Class:D. I had paid more fare than others, it’s my privilege train ride. Ahem! Ahem!;)

Had never tried Paranthas in the train; they don’t serve in all the compartments.
“I want Parantha”, the elite passenger in me replied.

A tray with two paranthas, butter, curd, two pieces of bread, sachets of fruit jam, tomato sauce and pickles was placed before me in no time. I clicked and shared the food pictures on social media. This is what they all do, a small contribution from my side will simply add to the craze.

How I ate all that stuff in the next twenty minutes is another story;)

Travelling in the premium class comes with its own pros and cons. They charge you more for a clean, comfortable ride. Food is good, though there’s a possibility of improvement. Now I’m sure about one thing that travel by First Class AC in train is better than many domestic flights.

#BharatKaZaika is a blogging event conducted by #BlogBoosterIndia. Hosted by Aditi, Mahesh, Pragun, Preeti, Saba, Sanjota, Sudip, Suhasini, Supriya and sponsored by Habhit Wellness Private Ltd

Top post on IndiBlogger, the biggest community of Indian Bloggers


  1. And the hearty breakfast is followed by another round of tea/coffee!
    I travel between Delhi and Chandigarh quite often and have had everything from breakfast, lunch, evening tea to dinner. Earlier the quality of food and service in Shatabdi trains used to be pathetic but there’s vast improvement in the past 1-2 years.

    Lovely post!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Lovely post, #BharatKaZaika in trains is an experience, I remember in my first Shatabdi journey I was not aware of these meals and when they bought frooti tetra pack my mom said no to me thinking in-train it will be very costly, and then they politely said its included in the ticket. I am talking about 1989. It was fun then also and now too. Unique post and fun to read.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. That’s a nice one on Shatabdi. My daughter recently travelled from Delhi to Chandigarh and sent me a similar picture of cornflakes and banana captioned ” Healthy Breakfast” Times are changing for the railways I guess, finally! #Blogboosterind #Bharatkazaika #Habhitwellness

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I have never travelled in Executive class in train. Last time I went with my daughter. She was so excited to have breakfast in train. We were in A.C. coach. So we had less options. Next time I will try executive for sure !
      Thanks for sharing the information

      Liked by 1 person

  4. The enormous spread of food served in the Shatabdi Executive Class is one of the biggest draws of traveling by train in India!
    I travel a lot. Though train travel is infrequent compared to other mode of transport, whenever I do take the train- I thoroughly enjoy my meals!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. I traveled a lot in Shatabdi during my college and early job time. It used to be the fasted train to my hometown from Delhi. I enjoyed both the services where you get breakfast in morning train and dinner in evening one. I even preferred it always as I did not need to carry my own food then. When you are a frequent Shatabdi traveler, you more than enjoying the journey wait for food to arrive. You keep on guessing the time of its arrival. And you feel confident about your food choices as you know what is the best in terms of options. Whenever, any friend accompanied me, I behaved as if the train was more like my own house.

    Now I don’t travel much by train, but this post made me nostalgic.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. I always loved shatabdi for a fact that, they give so much to eat that once we get down “khane ka tension” is already gone.
    Even in other trains the food, cleanliness and hygine is improving. Hopefully we see beautiful trains soon in India too.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Recently, I heard from may that the food quality has improved a lot in Railways. Thats is good to know. Usually, we carry our own food but traveling by Shatabdi, we are dependent more on train food. I was okay with their Cutlets. But looking at the variety that you have presented, I am surely not going to pack my food from now onwards 🙂
    #BharatKaZaika #BlogBoosterIndia

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Good one aditi and I had a great time while reading your travel and food experience of Indian railway. I agree they charge more but when you get good services, I think it’s ok to spend little more. #bharatkazaika

    Liked by 1 person

  9. I enjoyed this post aditi, I halted here to see how different your Shatabdi experience than mine. Bhala tumhare kapde mere kapdo se safed kaise types and the difference is the Executive premium fare 😅😅

    Else Mumbai-Ahmedabad CC serves the most pathetic food and the only equal tasty food itens are the amul butter, jam and that meri Marie biscuit.

    Don’t ask me about the most pathetic medu vada sambar and veg cutlets 🤪🤪


  10. Hmm …. You know what I miss in the so called modern day renovations (with ref to SouthIndian trains and Malls)? The hot hot masala vada, the hot samosas (onion, not potato stuffed), roasted ground nuts with shell, cut mangoes with salt and chili powder, Mirchi Bajjis, riceflake mixtures, etc., And people serving these with so many names and accents. The malls are filled with cold food re heated elements and trains, filled with routines. The special train travel feel, at least for me, was from the smells, sounds, sight and taste of these kind of small snacks and smiles of those who serve when we compliment them. In European trains, they serve packeted chips and biscuits. I had to facepalm! And I feel same culture is mimicked by us. :/

    (Parantha is indeed a special option for a change, but not the biscuits/cornflakes).


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s