Baba Ramdev and Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal prepare Khichdi at World Food India event

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NEW DELHI : Stage was set at World Food India fair at Delhi to take ‘khichdi’ to the Guinness World Records. A team of two dozen people made 1100kg of the traditional rice-dal dish in one go at the India Gate lawns where the festival is underway.

The night-long preparations to make the dish were supervised by chef Sanjeev Kapoor. Yoga guru Baba Ramdev put the crowning ‘tadka’ in the dish after it is cooked in a 1200-litre wok before an audience comprising ministers, delegates, ambassadors and foodies.

The dish was prepared with nutritious ingredients from diverse parts of the country. Rice, moong dal, bajra, jowar and Indian spices will be steam-cooked for the preparation before it is served to the audience on Saturday.

“A portion of the khichdi was also packed and sent to all the heads of foreign missions in India, along with the recipe,” said a person involved in the cooking. The mega khichdi preparation is part of the ‘Great Indian Food Street’ at the festival that features street food from 20 states. The wok, put up on a concrete stand, remained the centre of attraction among those who visited the festival on Saturday.

The humble dish ‘khichdi’ took the centre stage even before it was cooked at the food fair. The buzz started when it was announced that the dish would be showcased as Brand India food at a November 4 World Food India event. The dish was selected as it symbolised India’s unity in diversity and is eaten by both the rich and poor.

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