Nagpur: Sunday the July 17 turned out to be a momentous day for foodies in Nagpur who gathered at Vishnuji Ki Rasoi to witness a world record by master chef Vishnu Manohar in the presence of officials from various books of records.
From 9 am to 2 pm, Manohar entered his name for the 12th time in the Book of World Records as Nagpurians relished 375 kgs of rice delicacies. Vishnu Manohar prepared dishes from 75 types of rice. Manohar cooked various dishes using the rice varieties that he painstakingly gathered from around the country to mark the platinum jubilee celebrations of Indian independence.
There are more than 1,20,000 varieties of rice in the world and they are categorised by degree of milling, kernel size, starch content and flavour. Manohar ensured to reach out to 75 farmers to get the required varieties of rice from various states. While most Indians are only familiar with white and basmati rice, people present there were amazed to know that there are approximately 6,000 varieties of rice in our country alone.
Visitors at Vishnuji ki Rasoi were provided with detailed information about the name of rice, variety, region and the dish that was prepared. The ace chef prepared the rice dishes and the same were offered to the visitors who had gathered in good numbers braving the inclement weather. He took 5 kg rice of each of the varieties and then stirred and post-boiling, using the same to prepare an array of mouth-watering dishes.
People who gathered to witness the record applauded when he finished the job on hand. Later, they tasted the master chef’s personally cooked dishes and savoured the taste. About
It wasn’t just a record, it was a multifaceted event. Visitors got the opportunity to see, touch, taste and get detailed information about many lesser-known varieties of rice grown by farmers. Many of these varieties were specially developed and grown by farmers at individual levels.
While the chef and his team were preparing dishes, renowned singers, performers, and celebrities gave scintillating performances to entertain visitors.
“We completed the record feat 15 minutes before time. I prepared the 75th dish by using a variety which was specially developed by my farmer friend Vijay Jathe and his team. They have named this variety ‘Vishnu Amrut Rice’ after me. I’m honored,” said Manohar.
The who’s who of Nagpur, right from District Collector R Vimala and many others attended the event and encouraged the team during the five-hour record feat.