New Delhi, November 5: On Saturday India entered into a book of Guinness World Records! This time the reason is ‘yummilicious’ because Indian set world record by cooking 918kg ‘Khichdi’, at the ongoing global food event- World Food India-2017. A team of 50 people led by celebrity Chef Sanjeev Kapoor and NGO Akshaya Patra supervised the night-long preparations and Yoga Guru Ramdev Baba put crowning ‘tadka’ in the dish at the World India Food event.
Khichdi was steam-cooked in a giant wok weighing around 1,200kg. Out of which, the wok alone was weighing 343kg. The dish was prepared using multi-grains like rice, pulses, coarse cereals and vegetables.
“We are still waiting for a few pieces of evidence. For the time being, I am happy to announce that Khichdi wins the Guinness World title weighing 918kg,” Guinness World Records’ Project Manager Paulina Sapinska said.
The minimum requirement to create a world record was 500kg. The cooked dish, however, weighed more than the target of around 800kg set by Chef Sanjeev Kapoor. Other leading chefs, including Imtiaz Qureshi, Ranveer Brar, Sudhir Sibal, Rakesh Sethi, Akshay Nayyar, Satish Gowda, too helped in the cooking of the dish.
“Khichdi is a healthy and superfood. It is a solution to those depending on food supplements. It is rich with all nutrition,” Ramdev Baba said after putting tadka in the dish. Promoting khichdi as a ‘Brand India’ food is a good step towards promoting healthy superfood not only domestic but also international market, he added.
Food processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who also lent a hand in the cooking of Khichdi, said: “It is a wholesome food as it contains most of the nutrients. It also symbolises the country’s unity in diversity.”
The Khichdi will be distributed to orphans by Akshaya Patra Foundation and Gurudwara to about 60,000 people. “We promote international foods in India and it is our opportunity to showcase our superfoods to the world,” said Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, who is also a brand ambassador of The Great India Food Street at the event.