NEW DELHI — The government has decided to designate the humble khichdi as India’s national dish in an effort to popularize it in global markets for commercial promotion.

During the World Food India conference, well-known chef Sanjeev Kapoor will attempt a world record by preparing Brand India Khichdi using 800 kilograms of grains in a giant kadhai, or wok.

The conference will be held here Nov. 3-5.

The home-cooked staple symbolizes India's great culture of unity in diversity, said Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal during a curtain raising event for the conference.

"Khichdi is considered nutritious, healthiest food in India and it is eaten by poor and rich alike, irrespective of their class. It symbolizes India's great culture of unity in diversity. So it has been selected as the brand of Indian food," Badal said. 

Over 50 people will be involved in the preparation of the khichdi, which will be slow-cooked by steam during the global conference.

The Brand India Khichdi will be prepared using ingredients such as rice, moong beans, amaranth, jowar, bajra, barley and Indian spices. 

It will be distributed to visitors, including ambassadors and delegates from over 60 countries.

The government plans to have the Indian Foreign Missions popularize khichdi and its recipe in restaurant and kitchens throughout the world. 

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