Biryani-world record set by Indian chefs
1]NEW DELHI, India--Sixty Indian chefs on Saturday cooked
a rice dish weighing 13-tonne (28,600 pounds) and set the
world record for the largest Biryani.
AFP Photo:Dozens of Indian chefs used 12,000
kilos of rice to make the world's largest Biryani
Three cranes dumped 3,000 kilos of Basmati rice,
85 kilos of chilli peppers, 1,200 litres of oil and 3,650
kilos of vegetables into a giant vat at a New Delhi sports
“It’s a unique event,” remarked Sushil Kapoor,
one of the cooks. “It’s not easy to cook such a large amount
of biryani. We started in the morning and took more than six
hours to cook. But we enjoyed doing it.”
The steel vat was mounted on a three-foot
high furnace while the chefs clad in fire-resistant outfits
perched on a platform to stir the biryani -- one of South
Asia's most popular dishes -- with oar-like ladles.
The cooks threw "a pinch of salt" weighing 86
kilos into the 16-foot (4.87-metre) deep steel vat, organiser
Gurnam Arora said.
The sponsors used a hose to pour 6,000 litres
of water into the vat and sprinkled 10 kilos of exotic spices
and aromatic condiments to prepare the tangy biryani, Arora
"This is a great activity to revive the feasting
and celebration tradition associated with biryani in India,"
New Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit said.
The dish would be divided and trucked to
city orphanages once Ishikawa certified the weighing of the
cooked biryani, garnished with carrots and 750 kilos of creamy
yogurt, Arora said. "This event is a one-of-a-kind endeavour
unmatched by any other past culinary activity," Arora said
to the cheers of hundreds of spectators.
Lalitt Gattani, CEO of Showcraft, one of the organisers,
said the aim of cooking such a humongous amount of biryani
was to break the last record created by them and maintain
India’s position in the category.