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The world biggest jalebi made in Shillong

November 02, 2008 20:15 IST

The world's biggest 'jalebi' made in Shillong has stormed into the Limca Book of Records on the first day of the Shillong Autumn Festival that got off to a colourful beginning on Saturday in the Pine City.

The jalebi, made by the city's popular eatery Delhi Mistan Bhandar as part of the first day's celebration of the Autumn Festival at the Polo Grounds in Meghalaya's capital city , was an instant hit with the  crowd and  judges alike. The size was enormous when one imagines the tiny sweet makes our mouths water.

The record-creating jalebi is 75 inches in diameter and weighed 15 kg. "I am proud that we made it to the record books," Delhi Mistan Bhandar's owner Kailash Verma said. The record-breaking jalebi was made to mark the platinum anniversary of the Delhi Mistan Bhandar  in Shillong.

Verma said that six cooks and 14 helpers were involved in the making  the world's biggest jalebi that took  three kilograms of flour, 60 kilograms of ghee and 30 litres of sugar syrup  and was cooked  in a big round frying pan. The event was adjudicated by General Officer Commanding of 101 Batallion Major-General KS Sethi who said the feat would be officially communicated to the Limca Book of Records.

It was not the first brush of Shillong with the record book. The hill city had earlier earned its place in  the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest drum ensemble in 2006 and also for the largest guitar ensemble in 2007. Both the events were organised by Meghalaya Tourism Development Forum .

The autumn festival that is being organised by the MTDF is aimed at showcasing the tourism potential of the hill station . There will be  special programmes at Elephant Falls, Upper Shillong where Khasi food court and traditional music would be the main attraction.
The MTDF-sponsored Autumn Festival will culminate in a grand carnival at Umiam Lake on November  9. The event will showcase songs and dances of people of Meghalaya and other parts of the North-East, besides traditional sports.

There are  food courts serving traditional and world cuisines, exhibition of arts and handicrafts, modem music and dance entertainment, fashion show, kite flying competition, fishing and local boat race.

K Anurag in Guwahati