NEW DELHI – A team of 50 people led by celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor and NGO Akshaya Patra have set a Guinness world record by cooking 918kg khichdi, a traditional multi-grain dish, at the World India Food event in New Delhi.
The khichdi was steam-cooked in a giant wok weighing around 1,200kg, out of which, the wok alone weighed 343kg. The dish was prepared using multi-grains like rice, pulses, coarse cereals and vegetables, according to Times of India.
“We are still waiting for a few pieces of evidence. For the time being, I am happy to announce that this (khichdi) wins the Guinness World title weighing 918kg,” Guinness World Records’ project manager Paulina Sapinska said at the event on Sunday.
“Khichdi is healthy and superfood. It is good for those depending on food supplements. It is rich in all nutrition,” said Yoga guru Ramdev Baba, who put ‘tadka’ in the dish.
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.
The khichdi will be distributed to orphans by Akshaya Patra Foundation and Gurudwara to about 60,000 people.
Under Brand India initiative, the dish and recipe will be popularised by Indian foreign missions and the government to ensure it is part of restaurants and kitchens around the world.