Khichdi as ‘National Dish’? Food processing minister quells rumours

Over 800 kgs of the dish will be prepared at the event in New Delhi on November 4 in a bid to create a world record.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: November 2, 2017 10:37 am
Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Khichdi, National Dish, Khichdi national dish, World Food India, Sanjeev Kapoor, India news, Indian Express Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal before a press conference to announce initiatives enabling ease of doing business in food processing sector ahead of World Food India 2017, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (PTI Photo/File)

After reports suggested that the traditional Indian dish, khichdi, has earned the “National Dish” tag, Union Minister of Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal clarified it was only selected for the World Food India event in a bid to popularise it.

Badal’s clarification came hours after ‘khichdi‘ began to trend on social media. Over 800 kgs of the dish will be prepared at the event in New Delhi on November 4 in a bid to create a world record, reported news agency PTI.

“Enough Khichdi cooked up on a fictitious ‘National Dish’. It has only been put for a record entry in #WorldFoodIndia,” Badal tweeted on Friday. “#WorldFoodIndia will proudly showcase India’s culinary diversity…looks like today has been a slow news day! :)”

Badal said the dish was picked as Brand India Food as it symbolises India’s unity in diversity. “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,” Badal was quoted as saying by PTI.

The dish will be prepared by chef Sanjeev Kapoor, who is also the brand ambassador of the event. He will make the dish in a pan, that has the capacity of 1,000 litres and is seven feet in diameter. The food will later be served to around 60,000 orphan children, the heads of Foreign Missions in India, and other guests at the event, reported PTI.

The food festival, the country’s biggest till date, will be held between November 3 and 5.

(With inputs from PTI)

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  1. K
    Nov 2, 2017 at 1:18 pm
    At first, it makes one cringe,the thought of khichdi as national dish (if it was to be selected as one),but on analyses I can not think of anything that comes close in terms of simplicity, versatility (for poor and rich), acceptance,uniqueness,ingredients and nutrition.
    1. R
      Nov 2, 2017 at 12:31 pm
      I think its a good idiea Khichdi to be a national dish because our Indian culture match with this dish as khichdi has many ingredients in it same as our India multi-cultural, multi-lingual, multi-religious etc.
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        1. H
          Nov 2, 2017 at 10:47 am
          Khichdi is healthier than biriyaani and poolav.
          1. S
            Nov 2, 2017 at 10:58 am
            Ohk..But did u ever tasted mutton/beef/chicken/fish biryani ? Im curious.
            1. K
              Kamal Pasha
              Nov 2, 2017 at 12:31 pm
              Skraaa : Beef biryani has more proteins.
              1. K
                Nov 2, 2017 at 1:23 pm
                Can it be fed to new born/kids/ patients???. Khichadi is cooked in all d houses atleast once in life time
            2. H
              Nov 2, 2017 at 10:46 am
              Khichdi is healthier than biriyani and v
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