Churma Ladoo – World’s tallest, widest and heaviest Indian sweet set world record

Churma Ladoo – World’s tallest, widest and heaviest Indian sweet set world record

The 551kg (87st) Churma Ladoo took three chefs and 23 volunteers, from the Shree Hindu Temple, four days to make. They plan to offer it to 5,500 people.

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Hitesh Morjaria, from the temple on St Baranbas Road, is confident they now hold the record for the world’s tallest, widest and heaviest sweet.

Guinness World Records will examine the evidence submitted by the temple.

The Churma Ladoo, made from ingredients including wheat, clarified butter, jaggery, oil, poppy seeds and nuts, measured 5ft (1.37m) by 6ft (1.8m) when it was finished.

Mr Morjaria said they were “originally going to make a 100kg ladoo” to be blessed and offered to their devotees during the religious event of Ganesh Puran.

“Then we thought ‘why don’t we challenge ourselves’ to make a bigger one,” he said.

“We contacted the Guinness Book of Records and found out that no record had been set for the biggest Ladoo.”

The Ganesh Puran, which began on Sunday and lasts for eight days, is dedicated to the elephant-faced god Lord Ganesh.

The blessed sweet will be offered to people from all cultures at the end of each day and “we don’t want anyone leaving without the Prasad,” Mr Morjaria added.

The delicacy, which is normally the size of a tennis ball, is said to be Lord Ganesh’s favourite food.

World’s Longest Cooking Marathon Guinness World Record – Indian Chef Damu

World’s Longest Cooking Marathon set Guinness World Record 2011 by Indian Chef Damu.

After cooking up as many as 617 dishes in over 24 hours, an overjoyed Chef K. Damodaran sets a new Guinness World Record. Chithira Vijaykumar, who watched the feat awestruck, reports.

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A whopping 617 dishes. 190 kg of food. One man, one day.

Or, to be precise, 24 hours, 30 minutes and 12 seconds. And miraculously, Chef K. Damodaran is still standing. And looking sprightly even.

He holds his Guinness World Record for ‘Longest Cooking Marathon — Individual’ plaque a little higher, and smiles broadly. “I never practised this stunt you know. Not one dry run.”

Astonishment

Lucia Sinigagliesi, the judge from Guinness, is astonished as well. “I slept all night, and I’m exhausted. Look at that man go!”

It all began on December 21, at around 8 a.m., when the renowned chef first set himself up in front of six cooking ranges, from where he would not move for an entire day. Under the watchful eyes of Lucia and television cameras that recorded the entire stunt, Damu initially planned to make about 480 dishes.

We watched him work, solemn throughout, except every time he would finish a dish. Then, Damu would break into a brilliant smile, and happily urge onlookers to try it. Forty-three minutes into the event, 10 dishes were done. Seventeen minutes later, almost inexplicably, the tally was at 20. There were idlis, dhokla, rasams, payasams, pakodas and chips. So were intriguingly titled things such as Chicken Xacutti and Oats Jinga 65. And everything from crab pepper soup to kozhukattai.

Simple, but severe rules

The rules were simple, but severe. Damu was allowed only a single five-minute break every hour. While he could use ingredients that had been previously marinated or chopped, he had to have at least two dishes cooking at any given time. (He had six. “He’s making it harder on himself!” Lucia had remarked.)

As he cooked, the dishes would be passed out among the onlookers, because the rules also state that everything has to be edible. “’Edible?’” laughed Lucia. “It’s delicious!”, and gladly tried everything that came around. She swooned over a vadai, and Damu graciously offered to give her one of his recipe books.

The spectacular in Damu’s cooking is its simplicity, the way the ancient scents of traditional kitchens wafted from the clinical space of a four-star hotel. And we’d left him the day before, nonchalantly flipping a paratha, two-and-a half hours into the challenge.

“It was when about 12 hours had passed that I first began to feel restless. My limbs were heavy, sore. Fatigue hit me like a brick wall.” Damu almost stopped. “But then, along came about 60 of the staff from Savera Hotel — they danced, laughed and sang for me. It kept me going.” At the peak of his exhaustion, Damu averaged a new dish every two-and-a-half minutes. “It was all done entirely manually. No oven, no microwave,” says Malarmannan, a chef himself, who was one of those who assisted Damu through the long day. Damu was allowed four helpers, who wouldn’t, of course, be allowed to do any of the actual cooking. “And each one of them gave their heart and soul to this. Not one of them slept, not one left, even when their shifts were over,” says Damu.

But what he’s happiest about, is that every single dish he cooked is gone, having vanished rapidly into the admiring crowds that came to watch Chef Damu work his magic. All 617 of them, almost as fast as he could cook. Clearly, they really did pass the ‘Edibility’ challenge.

World’s Longest Cake set world record 2010 – Indonesia’s 65th Independence Day

65 years of independence in Indonesia is celebrated in style at the Kalimalang Festival in Jakarta. The Indonesian Tourism Academy and the Indonesian Chef Association, ICA, teamed up to create the world’s longest ever cake. And the Indonesian World Record Museum was on hand to make the award official.

[J. Ngadri, Indonesian World Record Museum]:
“Today is a culinary record. Indonesian World Record Museum has had some culinary records before, but all of them have been beaten. Now we have a new record in the longest category, it’s 227 meter of tapai cake. This cake is the longest ever made by Indonesians. We noted the previous record was a Swiss Roll cake, which only reached about 170 meters long.”

The record-breaking tapai cake was made by 30 Akpindo students with 20 professional chefs from ICA. It was five days in the making.

It was made using three quintals of cassava tape, 150 kilograms of flour, and 16 thousand eggs.

The cost came to 50 million rupiah.

To help welcome Indonesia’s 65th Independence Day, the committee chose tapai cake as the cake to break the new record.

The tapai cake is one of Indonesia’s traditional foods that need to be popularized.

The record setting length of 227 meter came as a surprise to the committee.

[Paryoto, Indonesian Tourism Academy]:
“Our target is 210 meters; 210 meters means this year we celebrate Independence Day in 2010, to make it possible we decrease the 2010 to become 210.”

[Setiyanto. Indonesian Chef Association]:
“We are very proud because we have set a new record, it’s very special because this is a special Indonesian dessert, and this event helps to popularize it. What make us even more proud is that the cake, at 227 meters, exceeded our 210 meter target.”

At the end of the event, the record-breaking tapai cake was distributed to the public and festival visitors.

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