NEW DELHI, Nov. 4: India set the world record by cooking about 918kg khichdi, a traditional dish at the World Food India event here, a Guinness World Record official said on Saturday.
A team led by renowned chef Sanjeev Kapoor cooked khichdi in an attempt to enter the Guinness World Records and promote the dish as Brand India superfood.
Yoga guru Ramdev Baba put 'tadka' in the dish which was steam-cooked in a giant wok weighing around 1,200 kg.
"Khichdi is healthy and superfood. It is good for those depending on food supplements. It is rich in all nutrition," Ramdev said.
Promoting khichdi as a 'Brand India' food is a good step towards promoting healthy superfood not only in the domestic but also in the international market, he added.
Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal Minister said: "It is a wholesome food as it contains most of the nutrients. It also symbolises the country's unity in diversity."
The dish was prepared using multigrains like rice, pulses, coarse cereals and vegetables. The night-long preparation was supervised by chef Sanjeev Kapoor.
The khichdi will be distributed to orphans by Akshaya Patra Foundation and Gurudwara to about 60,000 people.
Other leading chefs including Imtiaz Qureshi, Ranveer Brar, Sudhir Sibal, Rakesh Sethi, Akshay Nayyar, Satish Gowda helped in the cooking.
Qureshi, master chef at ITC Hotels, praised the government's initiative to promote Indian foods like khichdi and its recognition of the talent possessed by Indian chefs.
He said that new-age chefs are innovating this dish across the world.
Indian Minister of State for Food Processing Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Denmark Food Minister Esben Lunde Larsen, ITC CEO Sanjiv Puri, Tata Chemicals COO of the consumer business Rich Arora, LT Foods Chairman Vijay Arora and Akshaya Patra Foundation officials were also present at the event.
The mega khichdi preparation was part of the 'Great Indian Food Street' at the global event that features traditional food from more than 20 states. TOI
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