The Andhra Pradesh Tourism Authority (APTA) achieved a unique distinction on Monday by making to the India Book of Records for making a 15-feet long bamboo chicken, the longest in India till date. Bamboo Chicken or bongu chicken is a popular culinary dish of the native tribals in Araku of Eastern Ghats.
Aiming at spreading the deliciousness and uniqueness of bamboo chicken across the globe, APTA hosted the event at Haritha Berm Park hotel on the banks of river Krishna in Vijayawada.
A Rupeshwar Rao, Chief Chef at Visakhapatnam Fairfield Marriott and his team consisting of at least six members, executed the feat in front of representatives of India Book of Records and the media, by explaining the procedure and ingredients used in the dish.
It took nearly two hours to make the bamboo chicken, while it took half an hour to marinate the ingredients and one-and-a-half-hours to cook the dish.
Following the making of 'a never before'/giant bamboo chicken, Shantanu Chauhan, Adjudicator with the India Book of Records who witnessed it, has awarded the record to AP Tourism Authority for making and displaying the longest bamboo chicken of 15 feet.
Speaking to TNM, Shantanu said, "This is the first time that such a cuisine is finding a place in the India Book of Records. We have witnessed the entire procedure of making the 15-feet bamboo chicken, which the Chef and his team have excellently executed."
He added that the bamboo chicken should be minimum 8 feet to make into India Book of Records whereas the one created by Rupeshwar Rao and his team is 15 feet.
Speaking to TNM, Rupeshwar Rao said that bamboo chicken despite it's uniqueness, hasn’t attained enough recognition globally.
Rao said, "Whenever any tourist approaches me asking what to eat in Araku valley on their visit, I suggest them to go for bamboo chicken.”
He added, “Last year, in order to make this dish popular across the globe, we have come up with this proposal."
Rao showed the making of the bamboo chicken, where locally made culinary ingredients were used for marinating the country chicken with onion slices, green chilies, salt and wild coriander leaves (a variety that's available in Araku) and a few other south Indian herbs.
Sudhanshu Singh, General Manger of Fairfield Marriott said that they're planning to promote the local delicacy across the globe. "We have taken this up as we want to promote the local bamboo chicken at the international level platforms.”
Kumar, Executive Director of AP Tourism Development Corporation(APTDC), Srinivasa Rao, Chief Marketing Officer of APTA and other officials were present at the event.
Speaking at the event, Kumar said that it's a great achievement that will carry the richness of local food cultures to the international level. He also said that APTDC is doing it's best to develop tourism in the state, which would also generate employment for the youth.
It may be recalled that in September 2018, the 10-metre long ‘pootharekulu' a local sweet known as 'Athreyapuram Pootharekulu’ entered the Guinness Book of World Records for being the longest sweet in the world. Athreyapuram is a village in East Godavari district from where the sweet originates.