New Delhi: The Union government's decision to designate the humble 'khichdi' as the national dish and promote it commercially in the global market has not gone down well with the Twitteratis' appetite.
Twitter users ended up cooking a 'khichdi' out of it on on the social media platform, forcing the government to clarify that it has not designated 'khichdi' as the national food. The government also said it would only promote the dish as 'Brand India Food' at the World Food India conference.
While some food lovers wanted Biryani or Parrotta as the national food, others were skeptical of being called anti-national for not liking 'khichdi'.
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What is khichdi?
It is a humble dish prepared in some northern parts of India using rice, lentils and spices. It is healthy, nutritious and easy to digest and is usually the first thing to be served when someone falls ill.
The home-cooked staple food symbolizes India's great culture of unity in diversity, said minister for food processing industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal. However, people in the southern states and east of the country are not aware of the dish and have their own versions of rice soup or porridge.
During the World Food India conference, well-known chef Sanjeev Kapoor will attempt to create a world record by preparing 'Brand India Khichdi' using 800kg of grain in a giant wok. The conference will be held in Delhi from November 3-5.
The Brand India Khichdi will be prepared using ingredients like rice, moong beans, amaranth, jowar, bajra, barley and Indian spices.
It will be distributed to visitors, including ambassadors and delegates from over 60 countries.
The government has plans to popularize khichdi and its recipe in restaurant and kitchens throughout the world though India's Foreign Missions.