When it comes to make a record of any kind, Padmashri Chef Sanjeev Kapoor always lead the race.This time he set a Guinness World record by cooking 918 kg khichdi in World Food 2017 event. The World Food 2017 event was inaugrated by Prime Minister Narenendra Modi. The Guinnes World Record was created during Government of India’s World Food International held at India Gate lawns in National Capital Delhi.
Khichdi is a traditional multi-grain dish prepared in every Indian house. Khichdi was steam-cooked in a giant wok weighing around 1,200 kg. Out of which, the wok alone was weighing 343 kg. The dish was prepared using multi-grains like rice, pulses, coarse cereals and vegetables. Enough precaution has been made to make Khichdi. The minimum requirement to create a world-record was 500 kg. The cooked dish, however, weighed more than the target of around 800 kg set by Chef Sanjeev Kapoor.
Making a World Record is not an easy task; every perspective needs to take into consideration to make it perfect in the presence of Guinnes Book officials. The hygiene was an important task, Grand Master Chef Satish Arora; former director food production of Taj group was made incharge to look after that segment while Chef Akshay Nayyar was looking after complete management from stage to Crane control. After making World Record, the khichdi was distributed to all who were present in during the event and orphans by Akshaya Patra Foundation and Gurudwara to about 60,000 people.
A team of 50 chefs’s led by Padmashri Chef Sanjeev Kapoor and NGO Akshaya Patra supervised the night-long preparations in the presence of Guinness World Records Project Manager Paulina Sapinska. The crowning tadka in the Khichdi was given by Padmashri Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, yoga guru Baba Ramdev, Food processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Minister of State for Food Processing Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Denmark Food Minister Esben Lunde Larsen, ITC CEO Sanjiv Puri, Tata Chemicals COO of the consumer business Richa Arora, LT Foods Chairman Vijay Arora and Akshaya Patra Foundation officials.
Indian Chef’s who made their country proud globally were especially invited by Government of India to be a part of mega event. These chef included Michelin Star Chef Vineet Bhatia from London, Michelin Star Chef Manjunath Mural from Singapore and Michelin Star Chef Rohit Ghai from London.Whereas other leading chefs also participated in the Khichdi making included Padmashri Imtiaz Qureshi, Ishtiaq Qreshi, Ranveer Brar, Sudhir Sibal, Rakesh Sethi, Akshay Nayyar and Satish Gowda and Satish Arora and Harpal Singh Sokhi.
Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal took keen initiative to make this mega event a grand success. She also lent a hand in the cooking of khichdi, said “Khichdi is a wholesome food as it contains most of the nutrients. It also symbolises the countrys unity in diversity. This event is a beginning, we have set ball in rolling for future too. After seeing our efforts and popularity, two leading Global food event organizers countries have shown keen interest to be a part of it”.
She further added “India is a game changer in all areas. The World Food event 2017 is an eye opener to all participating countries and Indian states. This event is not only a platform to other countries but it is equally important for us and our farmers to showcase their finest products. Gone are the days when we were dependent on others, now many more countries will look at us for our products too”.
Padmashri Grand Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor who is also a Brand Ambassador of the event, said “India is leading in a new direction after this event. We promote international foods in India but this initiative would be an opportunity to showcase our superfoods to the world. We are far ahead than many countires as far as food is concerned but there was lack of right platform to showcase our products. The initiative by government has opened a pandora’s box and it will further grow way beyond in future too”.
It may be noted that “Mega khichadi” preparation was part of the Great Indian Food Street at the global event. It was being organised along with industry body CII that features traditional food from more than 20 states. It took over three months of planning and multiple trials in attempting 913 kg of khichdi. 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.
Author: Sitaram Mewati
Award winning journalist