A 50-member team, led by a celebrity chef, set a world record on Saturday when they cooked 918 kg of khichdi at the World Food India event in New Delhi, PTI reported. At least 500 kg of the dish was needed to be prepared to enter the Guinness World Record.
The nonprofit Akshaya Patra Foundation and gurudwaras will distribute the “mega khichdi” among orphans and 60,000 other people.
Meanwhile, Syed Salman Chishty of the Ajmer Sharif Dargah on Sunday claimed that the administration at the site makes around 1,600 kg of khichdi on a daily basis. “Must apply,” Chisty said on Twitter.
Leading chefs such as Sanjay Kapoor, Imtiaz Qureshi, Ranveer Brar and Sudhir Sibal helped in making the dish. Kapoor had earlier aimed for a 800-kg preparation.
“We are still waiting for a few pieces of evidence,” Guinness World Records’ Project Manager Paulina Sapinska said at the event. “For the time being, I am happy to announce that this (khichdi) wins the Guinness World title weighing 918 kg.”
The dish was steam-cooked in a giant wok that weighed around 1,200 kg. It was prepared with 125 kg rice, 45 kg moong dal, 20 kg vegetables, 6.5 kg salt, and several kilograms of jowar and bajra, according to The Indian Express.
“Khichdi is a healthy and superfood,” yoga guru Baba Ramdev who also attended the event. “It is a solution to those depending on food supplements. It is rich with all nutrition.”
Union Minister for Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Minister of State for Food Processing Sadhvi Niranjan also participated in the cooking. Badal said the dish symbolised India’s unity in diversity.