New Delhi: On November 04, Chef Sanjeev Kapoor will be attempting to create a World Record by cooking 800kgs of Khichdi at the India Gate Lawns.
The event will be held on one of the days in a three day-long 'World Food India', organized by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries.
The move is the ministry's bid to popularize and promote Indian cuisines internationally and, "to provide opportunities for both investment and trade in the food processing sector for leading Indian and international companies".
Khichdi — prepared using rice, pulses, coarse cereals and spices — has been selected as Brand India Food because it symbolises the country’s unity in diversity.
A giant ‘kadhai’ (frying pan) of the capacity of 1,000 litres and 7 feet in diameter will be used for slow steam-cooking of more than 800 kg khichdi, according to PTI.
“Khichdi is the wonder staple food of India and is considered the healthiest prepared food in India and it is being eaten across length and breadth of India by rich and poor,” Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal told reporters at the curtain raiser event.
Khichdi symbolises India’s great culture of unity in diversity at its best. Therefore, Khichdi has been selected the Brand India Food, she added.
The cooked khichdi will be distributed to about 60,000 orphan children as well as guests present at the event. The khichdi will also be distributed to the Heads of Foreign Missions in India along with recipe.
According to multiple media reports, there is a demand from various circles to declare Khichdi as the national food, and an official announcement on the same is expected on November 04.