Reacting to the reports of ‘khichdi being declared the national dish of India, Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal took to Twitter to clarify that there are no plans to make khichdi the national dish. “Enough Khichdi cooked up on a fictitious ‘National Dish’. It has only been put for a record entry in #WorldFoodIndia,” she tweeted.
What triggered this rumour was the fact that celebrated chef Sanjeev Kapoor, who has been made the brand ambassador of the Great India Food Street, shall be attempting to make over 800 kg khichdi at the World Food India event on November 4. The purpose of the event is to popularize and promote Indian cuisines internationally and, “to provide opportunities for both investment and trade in the food processing sector for leading Indian and international companies.”
A giant Kadahi of the capacity of 1,000 litres and 7 feet in diameter will be used to steam-cook over 800 kg of this humble dish.
However, before the minister could clarify that khichdi was being promoted as ‘Brand India Food,’ #Khichdi was already trending on Twitter with initial reports claiming that Kichdhi will be made national food. And as it always is, Twitter was full of all sort of reactions:
Do we have to stand every time we see it being eaten? Is it compulsory to eat before a movie? Is it anti-national to not like the stuff? https://t.co/MkgWEBNQlH
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) November 1, 2017
— Nakuul Mehta (@NakuulMehta) November 1, 2017
If Khichdi is being accorded the status of National Food, then Ghee, Dahi, Papad and Achaar should immediately be declared National Friends. pic.twitter.com/bLX842WL1S
— Roflindian (@Roflindian) November 1, 2017
Khichdi to be National Dish. Why? Is the nation ill??
— nitindayal (@nitindayal) November 1, 2017
Do I have to stand up when I eat khichdi now that it is a national dish?
— Ranga Eunny (@RangaEunny) November 1, 2017
#Khichdi has no religion. Please do not politicise it & invent hate.
— Common Sense (@CommonSense___) November 1, 2017
Can’t understand why people are rubbishing #Khichdi and bringing politics into it. It’s a comfort food that made well can be very tasty.
— Chitra Narayanan (@ndcnn) November 1, 2017
“Khichdi is the wonder staple food of India and is considered the healthiest prepared food in India, it is being eaten across length and breadth of India by rich and poor,” Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal was quoted in a PTI report.
The cooked khichdi will be distributed to about 60,000 orphan children as well as guests present at the event. The khichdi will also be distributed to the Heads of Foreign Missions in India along with recipe.