Food in Bangalore's low-cost Indira Canteens must contain onions, according to a government directive. Photo: iStock

Highlighting the role onions play in enhancing taste, KJ George, the minister for Bangalore development and town planning,  on Thursday said that the government would allow the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon) and female self-help groups to provide food for Indira Canteens only if they agree to use the vegetable.

The canteens dispense low-cost food to those in need.

“We’ll welcome Iskcon’s participation provided they’re ready to use onions, [which are] needed to make canteen food tasty for the common man,” George was quoted as saying.

Pointing out that the kitchen would be decentralized, George added: “Kitchen facilities will be set up in every ward of the city. The government has also invited women self-help groups to bid for contracts.”

The minister said that based on suggestions from the public, the government had already decided to include the traditional favorites idli and vada on the canteen menu.

“The menu for lunch, dinner and breakfast will be finalized in the coming days,” George said.

He added that the 10-member committee working on the project would also be looking at a uniform design for canteen staff.