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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.
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!
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.
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.
During Durga Puja, a major festival for Bengalis in India, khichuri (khichdi in Bengali) is one of the main dishes offered to Goddess Durga.
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.
It has been said khichdi is one dish that can be, and, is made in every home irrespective of their socio-economic status.
Indian food is immensely diverse and some think it wouldn’t be right for one dish to represent the nation.
After the rumours spread like fire, some thought this would get political and take a nasty turn!
Some presented hard facts to suggest that it does not justly represent India’s agricultural assets.
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.