Less than 24 hours ago, news broke out that Khichdi was going to be declared the national food of India. Well, it is the comfort food of the entire nation. So, while many were rejoicing and making jokes, there were those who wondered what was cooking.
I hate #Khichdi. Worst choice for national dish (why do we even need one?). The only time one shd eat it is when you’re ill.— Zakka Jacob (@Zakka_Jacob) November 1, 2017
#Khichdi WTF… Just because ppl from north eat this thought out the year , it can’t be national dish 😐😐😐..— vishnuvarthan (@I_mvishnu) November 1, 2017
If I see any khichdi, do I need to stand up?— Prasanto K Roy (@prasanto) 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
Seriously though, such a rich culinary heritage and we choose a dish that is primarily eaten during recovery from illness???— Kiran Manral (@KiranManral) November 1, 2017
I don’t have a problem with Khichdi. I just want Jalebi to be the national dessert and distributed before every movie starts— Amit Tandon (@amitandon) November 2, 2017
I will allow #Khichdi to be declared as the national Dish of India only if roasted Papad is declared the national snack of India.— Atul Khatri (@one_by_two) November 2, 2017
However, this morning, Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal went on Twitter and clarified that such was not the case. Don’t know what to feel about that news yet.
Enough Khichdi cooked up on a fictitious ‘National Dish’. It has only been put for a record entry in #WorldFoodIndia.— Harsimrat Kaur Badal (@HarsimratBadal_) November 1, 2017
The media seemed to have had Chef Sanjeev Kapoor’s attempt at creating a world record by cooking 800 kgs of Khichdi confused with the food being declared a national dish.
Yup. In order to popularise Indian cuisines, Sanjeev Kapoor will be attempting the record on November 4, 2017, at the India Gate Lawns during the World Food India fest.
Organised by Ministry of Food Processing Industries, it aims to “to provide opportunities for both investment and trade in the food processing sector for leading Indian and international companies”, NDTV reports.
The humble Khichdi suddenly received so much attention that it started trending on social media nationwide. It won’t be our national dish, but the minister has confirmed that it will be Brand India Food as it symbolises India’s unity in diversity.