If India was to vote on the ultimate comfort food, it is highly likely khichdi would win. This innocent, versatile dish created quite a stir on the interweb recently after news portals and Twitteratis jumped to the conclusion that it was going to be named the National Dish of India. In truth, 918 kgs of the preparation was cooked to create a Guinness World Record at the World Food India 2017. But, reactions and responses on the rumour were rather interesting. While some said it was a bad idea, others were quite for it! Here’s reasons why khichdi should be India’s national dish (or not).
Khichdi is the ultimate comfort food, a simple preparation of rice and lentils that warms the soul on a bad day.
I love #Khichdi! As long as I get some nice warm ghee with it. And Kadhi is an added advantage
— Nupur (@UnSubtleDesi) November 1, 2017
So many variations
Khichdi is just one word for the many variations of the preparation found across the country. In Tamil Nadu, an integral part of Pongal festival is ‘khaara pongal‘, the Southern version of khichdi!
— shilpi tewari (@shilpitewari) November 3, 2017
It holds a Guinness World Record
Lo and behold! India has managed to create a Guinness World Record by making 918 kgs of khichdi in one go at the World Food India event. This feat has put India firmly on the world food processing industry map.
— Rajat Sharma (@RajatSharmaLive) November 4, 2017
Humble khichdi gets to be in the limelight
Khichdi is so strongly woven into Indian culture and lifestyle that no one thought anything special of it until this rumour sprung up! Now, finally, the dish gets some well-deserved recognition and praise.
— Nandita Iyer 🌱 (@saffrontrail) November 1, 2017
The Gods like it too
During Durga Puja, a major festival for Bengalis in India, khichuri (khichdi in Bengali) is one of the main dishes offered to Goddess Durga.
The best dish for fasting women in India
In India, women often show their devotion by observing food fasts or vrata during festivals and other special occasions. During these days of abstinence or disciplined behaviour a simple dish of sabudana or sago khichdi is what keeps them going.
— IndiaCanteen (@IndiaCanteen) September 20, 2017
Food for the rich and poor
It has been said khichdi is one dish that can be, and, is made in every home irrespective of their socio-economic status.
Food that entire India can relate with,
The poorest of the poors have had it in their best of times.
And the Richest of the Rich have had in their illness 🙂
And hence, #Khichdi
— Aastha Varma (@AasthaVarma) November 1, 2017
Celebrating khichdi doesn’t do justice to India’s cuisine spectrum
Indian food is immensely diverse and some think it wouldn’t be right for one dish to represent the nation.
Unfair to have a national dish in a country with a mind boggling variety of cuisines and tastebuds.#khichdi
— Ray Stings (@Purba_Ray) November 1, 2017
Would khichdi get jingoistic?
After the rumours spread like fire, some thought this would get political and take a nasty turn!
— Priya Mitrooon Yadav (@priyapyadav18) November 1, 2017
Does the dish represent everything India stands for?
Some presented hard facts to suggest that it does not justly represent India’s agricultural assets.
— K Padma Rani (@KPadmaRani1) November 1, 2017
Some worry about the millions that go hungry
There were many tweets about having a national food being a complete waste of time while the hunger rate in India only keeps increasing by the day.
— Sasidharan Pazhoor (@inquestioner) November 1, 2017