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Kathi roll record bid

A plate of kathi roll

Calcutta’s signature kathi roll might soon make it to the record books. On January 5, students of IAM Institute of Hotel Management in Sector V will try to make the biggest, longest and heaviest kathi roll. Nicco Park’s Wet-O-Wild has been booked for the attempt.

“We thought of various city favourites — rosogolla, jhalmuri, patishapta... and decided on kathi roll as it seemed doable,” says chef Shaun Kenworthy, who is involved with the effort in his capacity as a director of Indismart Group, which runs the hotel school.

The tawa that has been ordered for the bid will be 8.5ft in diameter and weight a metric tonne. It cost Rs 15,000.

“The paratha itself will be 8ft in diameter. Last Saturday, we had a trial. It took five people just to turn the paratha over. In the first two attempts, the eggs didn’t stick. We got it right the third time,” said chef Sanjay Kak, director of food production and culinary arts.

The list of ingredients is eye-popping: 18kg flour, 400 eggs, 20kg tandoori chicken, 10 kg shredded onion, 10kg shredded capsicum, 500g chaat masala and six bottles of ketchup. “The roll would weigh over 100kg,” said institute director Maitreyee Chowdhury.

Both the Guinness and Limca Book of Records authorities have been contacted. As is the norm, they have sought documentary evidence of the attempt.