Khichdi, the 'queen of all foods', is a staple meal in most parts of the country. Photograph:( Others )
The famous and widely-loved dish khichdi may soon become the country's "national food", according to media reports.
Speaking to reporters, Harsimrat Kaur, minister food processing said khichdi is favourite amongst everyone, be it the rich or poor, calling it the "queen of all food".
The authorities may make an official announcement on November 4.
The government is planning to organize an event where some of India's top chefs will gather to cook a large pot of khichdi, around 800 kgs with the aim of making it to the Guinness World Record for the largest khichdi ever to be cooked.
Several people including Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra and Ram Subramanian took to Twitter and expressed their opinions on the decision.
I don't like our to be National Food. Will it be antinational to say I hate Khichdi. ?? soon they'll force you to eat Khichdi ?? Why Khichdi!— Priyanka (@autumnrainwish) November 1, 2017
Khichdi will be our national food! Announcement to be made soon. Just for the record, I have vomited things that looked & tasted better.— Ram Subramanian (@VORdotcom) November 1, 2017
Expect Patanjali to sell canned khichdi soon. Indians travelling abroad will carry them instead of Maggi & thepla.— shamim chowdhury (@butsandifs) November 1, 2017
The dish is cooked in many varieties across the country, during the Pongal festival in South India to West Bengal where it is called khichuri. In most north Indian restaurants dal khichdi is a famous dish.