Organised by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, the India Gate Lawns witnessed the making of the largest portion of Khichdi, weighing 918 kilograms. Celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor, Baba Ramdev and Union Minister of Food Processing, Harsimrat Kaur were some of the eminent names that took part in the attempt to create a Guinness world record at the first ever World Food India festival.
More than 50 people were involved in this whole process, which was headed by celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor. A gaint kadai made of stainless steel was used in the making of the Khichdi – the process started at 4 am in the morning.
Baba Ramdev called Khichdi a very nutritious food with all essential vitamins. He said that it is a gift from India to the world, “Duniya ko bharat ke aur se ek uphaar diya jaa raha hai, vo bhi Guru Purab ke din diya jaa raha hai” (The khichdi is a gift to the world from India, that too on an auspicious occasion of Guru Purab).
Chef Akshay Nayyar, who was also a part of the process, said, “This is the first time that the ministry of food processing has given us an opportunity to showcase the talent of India. That’s why we have picked up ingredients from regions across the country. Youth today don’t even connect to Khichdi. If you ask them how the food of Jharkhand tastes like. if you ask them how the actual ayurvedic food tastes like, they will not know about it. All they will know is butter chicken or dhokla and some prominent dishes.”
Talking about the ingredients included in the making of the largest portion of khichdi, he said, “It’s a nutritious and well balanced recipe which has got rice, multi-grains, superfoods like amranth, jowar, ragi, bajra, rice, turmeric, ginger, vegetables and curry leaves which is a South Indian ingredient. We used around close to 264 kilos of dried ingredients and around 650 litres of water. So total targeted weigh of khichdi is 800 plus kilos. This one we are making is not a one state dish, but an amalgamation of ingredients and cultures from across India. And that’s the recipe we have created.”
He further added, “With this we will also do a noble cause. We wanted to feed the underprivileged kids on the occasion and fortunately, today is Guru Purab, which is a very auspicious day. We will cook food and distribute. Overall, more than khichdi, it’s an emotion we have cooked and we want people to experience that.”