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Tiffin Anyone?

“Tiffin” is an afternoon tea or light lunch that originated in India during the days of British colonialism, and has caught on in much of the Commonwealth. The word itself comes from the English slang, ‘tiffing,” meaning taking a little sip of something. Nowadays the word pretty much refers to any afternoon snack consisting of a few different dishes.

A tiffin in India usually consists of rice, dals, dosas, vegetables and curries. The question is, how do you transport several different snacks easily, in a container or set of containers that can be taken on a bike, on a busy street or survive the hustle and bustle and jostling of the TTC?

Behold the ingenious tiffin box, or tiffin carrier, known also as a dabba. Continue »