The institution of Guru’s Langar serves the community in many ways. It ensures the participation of Sikhs in a task of service for mankind. Even Sikh children help in serving food to the people (Sangat). Langar also teaches the etiquette of eating in a community situation. Moreover, it plays a great part in upholding the virtue of equality of all human beings and provides a welcome, secure and protected sanctuary to the needy.

The term Langar literally means kitchen where food is prepared and served in a Gurdwara to all the visitors (without distinction of background) for free. Only vegetarian food is served, to ensure that all people, regardless of their dietary restrictions, can eat as equals. Langar is open to Sikhs and non-Sikhs alike. The institution of the Langar, or free kitchen, was started by the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak.

It was designed to uphold the principle of equality among all people regardless of their religion, caste, color, creed, age, gender or social status – a revolutionary concept in the caste-ridden 16th- century India where Sikhism began. In addition to the ideals of equality, the tradition of Langar expresses the ethics of sharing, community, inclusiveness, and oneness of all humankind. As the Gurbani says, “…the Light of God is in all hearts.”

The recommended Langar Grocery List is below. Please consult Langar Sevadars before shopping,as If you wish to sponsor a Langar, please contact 210-322-6252 as some items may already be available in the Gurdwara Modi Khana.

Sangat at Gurdwara

Item Quantity
Cooking Oil 2 Gallons
Salt One Pack
Red Chili Powder One Pack
Jeera One Pack
Saunf / Fennel Seeds One Pack
Haldi/Turmeric One Pack
Garam Masala One Pack
Kasoori Methi One Pack
Long/Cloves One Pack
Loose Tea One Pack
Green Elachi One Pack
Dry Fruit/Nuts for Kheer One Pack
Sugar 25 lbs
Unsalted Butter 12 Pounds
Milk 12 Gallons (more if making Kheer)
Daal/Rajma/Chole 25 Pounds
Atta/Wheat Flour 2 Large Bags
Rice 20 Pounds
Onions 25 Pounds
Green Chili Peppers 5 Pounds
Tomatoes 25 Pounds
Ginger 5 Pounds
Garlic 4 Pounds
Fresh Cilantro 10 Packs
Sabji/Vegetables Total 40 Lbs
Napkins 1000
Cups 500
Spoons 1000
Trays/Plates 500
Bowls 500 (if need for kheer/dessert)
Zip Lock Bags 2 Packs each (Large and Small)
50 Gallon Trash Bags 1 Pack
Heavy Duty Foil  2 Packs
Dishwashing Soap One Bottle
Toilet Paper 6 Packs
Paper Towels  12 Rolls