Anand Mahindra Shares Video Of 3D Printed Jalebis. Are Machines Are Taking Over Street Food?

Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra recently shared video of 3D printed jalebis has sparked concerns about machines taking over street food.

by Sanjana Shenoy
Anand Mahindra Shares Video Of 3D Printed Jalebis. Are Machines Are Taking Over Street Food?

Many X (formerly Twitter) users look forward to Mahindra Group Chairman, Anand Mahindra’s tweets. The businessman often shares intellectual and witty videos and posts about food, Indian innovations and even travel recommendations. This time, Anand Mahindra shared a video of a Pakistani street food vendor preparing 3D-printed jalebis. Netizens wonder if machines have taken over street food.

Anand Mahindra Shares Video Of Pakistani Street Vendor Preparing 3D Printed Jalebis

The video shared by Anand Mahindra on X shows a local shopkeeper from Faisalabad in Pakistan using a 3D printer nozzle to pour spiral-shaped batter into the hot oil. Anand Mahindra said that while he is a tech buff seeing 3D printed jalebis left him with mixed feelings. The Mahindra Group chairman says that watching jalebi batter squeezed out by hand is an art form. And this video made him realise that he is probably more old-fashioned than he thought.

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In the comments sections, Netizens expressed their worries about machines taking over street food. @T_Investor_ commented that she once watched a video where a person made lassi in a semi-automatic washing machine for mass consumption. This made her realise that there’s no dearth of creativity in India. @Top1Rating shared a video of a machine preparing doughnuts from scratch. While the X user called it a good sight, they did miss the human touch.

Netizens Give Examples Of How Machines Have Taken Over Street Food

@amit6060 gave the example of roti makers to prove how tech has taken over the food industry. The X user stated that there is something inherently satisfying about a person meticulously working hard to prepare jalebis and even rotis. “Tech is not everything. It sometimes removes the authenticity of the process,” says the Netizen. 

@abhiyogi says they prefer handmade jalebis over 3D printed ones as they have the love of the person making it.

@zenayushx is pretty sure this isn’t just the case in Pakistan. In the X user’s opinion, some street food vendors in Ahmedabad are also preparing 3D-printed jalebis. 

While change is inevitable, the charm of street food vendors preparing dishes from scratch with their own expertise devoid of any machines is unparalleled. In our opinion, 3D-printed jalebis might grab eyeballs, but whether they can sustain the charm and allure of our regular jalebis is something only time can tell.
Cover Image Courtesy: @anandmahindra/ X
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