Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL)
The Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL) came into being on December 28th, 1961, under the aegis of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Ministry of Defence, at Mysore especially to cater to the varied food challenges of our Anny, Navy and Air Force and Para-military forces. This is the only laboratory, which is exclusively engaged in research and development in the field of Defence Food Science and Technology. Prior to the inception of DFRL, the laboratory functioned as a Food Group at Defence Science Laboratory, Delhi.
DFRL, through the dedicated efforts of its scientists and technologists, over the last 35 years, has been able to conserve, preserve, stabilize, design, fabricate and engineer a vast array of foods of Indian dietary which are not only shelf stable under all weather conditions but deliver adequate nutrition and calories to keep the morale of our service personnel high at all times.
DFRL has excellent infrastructure and is carrying out Research and Development work in the following areas:
Wide ranges of foods have been developed which find immense application not only for Defence but also for Civilian use. These include fruit juices and fruit slices such as Pineapple, Mango, Grape, Orange, Mosambi, Banana, Apple, Guava and various vegetables and vegetable curries, Meat and Fish products. Meat Biryani, Mutton and Chicken soup powders, chapati, quick cooking Rice and Dhal, various legumes, Breakfast items, viz., Upma, Suji halwa composite foods such as vegetable pulav, Bisibele bath, Kichdi, Fruit bars, Calorie and Nutrients dense Food bars, Coconut water, yoghurt based preparations, Vermicelli kheer, etc. Based on these item, ration packs have been designed to meet specific needs. Many of these products can find immense applications in institutional catering and organised feeding programmes such as those undertaken by Railways, Airlines, Educational Institutions, Hospitals etc.
DFRL has pioneered the R&D work in the field of thermal preservation of foods in flexible pouches.The processing equipments and materials have been indigenously designed. Extensive work has been carried out in standardising the processing conditions for different types of vegetarian and meat based products.
The technical know-how has been transferred to leading entrepreneurs like MTR, lTC, ADF and others. This technology has been successfully used for the development of various ration components.
Process, Products and Technology
Design and development
of operational pack ration is one of the charter of duties of DFRL. The
laboratory has been successful in the development of full meal Compo pack
ration, supplementary Compo pack ration, Meals-Ready-to-Eat ration for
Naval commandos and Emergency cum Survival rations or Army, Navy and Air
Many of DFRL foods have brought succour to numerous unfortunate ones who were victims of nature's fury during earthquakes and cyclones. DFRL rations have been a cause for relief and smile during such disaster amelioration programmes.
DFRL is also credited
with designing and supplying pack rations during various specialised expeditions
and critical missions such as Antarctica Expedition, Mountaineering Expeditions
(Kanchenjunga, Nanda Devi and Mount Everest), Rowing Expedition etc. The
laboratory has the unique distinction of designing foods for Indian Space
DFRL at the Helm
of Technology Transfer - Spin off Benefits to Industry