In association with reputed research labs and organisations Effaa has improvised technologies and developed ready to eat, precooked, quick cooking and instant foods with longer shelf life. Some of them are long keeping chapaties (shelf - life 6 months), high protein snacks (shelf-life 9 months), spiced potato parathas (6 months), fruit bars (9 months), mutton pickle (6 months), stabilized chikki (1 year), Fruit juice powder (mango, pineapple, mosumbi -1 year), chicken pulav (1 year), precoocked dehydrated (PD) dal/curries, PD rice, PD potato peas curry (each 1year); instant pulav mix, instant curries, dhal, instant kheer mix, instant khichadi mix, instant basmati rice, instant upma mix (each 1 year), instant carrot halwa mix (9 months).
Effaa offers various rations such as warrior fuel, meals ready – to - eat ration, one man compo pack ration, modified (mini) compo pack ration, Main Battle Tank (MBT) ration, submarine ration and survival ration for Army, Navy and Air Force. Meals ready To eat ration is specially developed for the Army and Navy. Besides this, Effaa has also designed emergency ration for Army, emergency flying ration for air crew, survival ration for Navy and Commandos. These rations are as per international norms and the menu changed as per customer requirements.
This ration does not require any cooking since the contents are thermally processed. It can be consumed readily after little warming if required. The ration consists of Indian dishes namely, Chapaties (preserved), Sooji halwa (300 g), Vegetable pulav (300 g), Potato Peas Curry (300 g), Chocolate bar and Tea (3 servings). Items like spoon, tissue paper, matchbox, specially designed foldable stove and fuel tablets for warming the food are also included. The products like sooji halwa, vegetable pulav and potato peas curry are processed in a specially designed bulk sterilizer.
The food products are processed in a special retort sterilizer to internationally accepted food standards. After processing the microbiological quality is tested to make sure the product is top notch. Effaa's MRE supplies adequate calories and nutrition during operation and competes very well with well known international rations like MRE of USA and UK in terms of nutrition. Its shelf - life is 12 months.
Marine Commandos of any Navy are expected to land in unknown and hostile territories to carry out specific duties. Unlike other sailors of the Navy, they need specialized rations with required calories that can be easily carried, safet and palatable.
For this purpose, Effaa uses retort sterilization technology using indigenous food and packaging materials and has prepared a food that can be eaten with little warming. Unlike the foreign rations which are based mostly on pork, ham or beef, the Effaa's rations are based on mutton, chicken and a vegetarian food. The ration packet provides approximately 3300 -3800 calories / day and weighs less than a kg. The items in the packet can be reconstituted by adding hot water. These rations have a shelf life of one year.
It consists of an early morning tea, breakfast, mid morning tea, lunch, evening tea and dinner. The contents are pre - cooked dehydrated and ready-to-eat products. It is easy to reconstitute in a short time by using hexamine fuel tablets. A simple foldable stove is also provided with the ration for this purpose. The total weight of the ration is 880 grams and is easy to carry and handle. It provides adequate calories under various conditions of use. Flexible packaging material is used for packing which is easy to open and dispose. This ration contains only Indian foods and is specially designed to meet the Indian palate. Suitable dishes can be included for international clients. It provides maximum satiation and psychological satisfaction. The shelf life of the ration is one year under ambient condition. It is easy to prepare, found to be very popular and particularly useful for short duration patrol duties.
It is a simplified version of the one man compo pack ration. It contains two items namely Sooji Halwa mix (100 g) and Pre cooked dehydrated vegetable pulav (125 g) along with 3 times tea, which provide sufficient calories. It weighs about 400 g. Foldable stove, fuel tablets (100 g), match box, spoon for reconstitution / preparation of tea are also supplied with it. The shelf life of the ration is one year under ambient condition.
This is yet another unique product from the house of Effaa. It consists of 2 pieces of soft bar each of 100 gm , 3 pieces of Chikki each of 50 gms and 3 pieces of Chikki (Jaggery base) each of 50 gms. The calorie content stands with the world standards.
Effaa offers a suitable operational ration pack for use in the Main Battle Tank (MBT) and other Armoured vehicles. It helps in survival of a soldier who is in closed conditions for 3 days. First and second day ration packs weigh 2 kg each and provide 4000 calories and third day ration weigh 1.5 kg and gives 3000 Calories. It contains instant /ready to eat food and survival bar as per the palate of soldiers.
Army personnel deployed in icy heights have expressed interest to consume mutton and chicken biryanis or non-vegetarian sandwiches with all nutrients and home-made taste. Effaa has developed a biryani with pieces of non-vegetarian food having a shelf life of 1 year. It is developed by using non-thermal technology that helps retain nutrients and taste for a long time.
There is less oxygen at high altitudes. Army men in areas above 6000m suffer from acidity and feel their stomach is always full. Thus they tend to lose appetite and eat less food, lose weight and face health problems.
Effaa found the solution of this by developing appetizer foods and drinks. The appetiser food and drinks can be consumed 30 minutes or one hour before a meal to improve appetite. These are based on some of the spices and fruits like lemon, ginger, ash gourd, cumin and one is curd - based.
Effaa has developed a technology to preserve tender coconut water for up to six months at room temperature and up to nine months under refrigeration. This process is simple and uses a combination of preservation technique using thermal treatment coupled with a bio preservative. It can be packaged in convenient cans, bottles or poly pack pouches.
Effaa is in the process of developing beverages based on ash gourd, 'pudina', cucumber and betel leaves for the use of personnel working in high altitudes and humid areas.
It is a unique technology by which variety of tropical, sub-tropical and temperate vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage carrot, beetroot, potato, sweet potato, sponge gourd, ridge gourd, radish, papaya raw, mango raw and French beans etc. are processed. Additives and preservatives are used upto permissible level. The technology does not include any thermal treatment. This retains the freshness of vegetables for a longer period. They are safe from microorganisms besides being rich in ascorbic acid. The process condition and additive treatment change with the vegetable. Our product made using this technology gives the product a shelf-life of 14 to 28 days.
Effaa can also supply food products to paramilitary forces. The food requirement of the paramilitary force is different from that of the army in general. The paramilitary force needs energy-rich food with less volume since they are constantly on the move and are engaged in Low Intensity Combat (LIC) operations. The nutrition level is maintained as in case of the food supplied to the army