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Itís green, itís healthy and itís 100-metre long
- Group from Manipur dishes out vegetable salad that wings its way into three record books

Imphal, Oct. 3: Itís one dish you cannot eat alone, not unless you can chew on 781.3kg of green vegetables! And if you can, youíre sure to make it to the record, just like this 100-metre-long, six-inch-wide green salad from Manipur did.

And having made it into Limca Book of Records, India Book of Records and Asia Book of Records, it is on its way to becoming a Guinness world record.

Fifteen volunteers prepared the salad in one hour, 10 minute and 51 seconds at the joint initiative of Innovative Youth Society, an NGO, and Boss Juices, a health food promoter, on April 27 during a 10-day food festival organised between April 20 and 29 by the NGO to promote Manipurís traditional food items. The ingredients included onions, cucumber, tomatoes, cabbage, watermelons, mint, cheese and spices.

The salad was laid out using 40 tables and 2,000 visitors to the festival got to sample it.

While the three record books recorded the feat and will be including it in their 2013 editions, Limca has recommended the salad to Guinness for inclusion its list of unique feats.

Innovative Youth Society secretary Athouba Khuraijam said, ďWe received the certificates a few days back. The Limca officials will forward it to Guinness. We are hopeful that our salad would find a place in the prestigious record book.Ē

After Moirangthem Okendraís Samballei Sekpil, the worldís tallest hedge, the green salad is the second item from Manipur to be on the pages of the Limca book. The hedge was 50-foot tall when it was declared a Guinness world record in 1999.

Khuraijam and Shanta Nahakpam, owners of the juice bar, said Guinness had only one salad-related record in its list ó a green salad made in Germany.

ďWe are very happy that our effort was successful. This will help attract more tourists to the state. Our aim is to find a place for Manipur on the global tourism map. If such things keep on happening, tourists will find Manipur interesting. Our effort is to promote tourism and healthy food,Ē Khuraijam said. The duo said they used untrained hands in preparing the salad.

They said the society and juice bar would celebrate the feat during Sangai festival, an event organised annually by the Manipur tourism department to attract tourists. The festival will take place later this year.

The duo announced that if anyone or any group of Manipur could break their record, a cash reward of Rs 10,000 would be given to the achievers. This is to encourage youths of the state to embark on innovative activities.

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