AP Tourism Development Corporation to set Guinness record by preparing longest ‘pootharekulu’

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AP Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) is all set to prepare the largest ‘pootharekulu’, a traditional sweet from Andhra Pradesh, and set a Guinness record on Thursday.

A group of cooks from East Godavari prepared a 10.5 mt long Andhra’s popular sweet delicacy, Poothareku, and secured a place in India Book of Records as the world’s longest Poothareku.

Generally, a Poothareku is 5-6 inches long.

In an attempt to popularise Andhra cuisine, the AP Tourism department had embarked on various programmes, including attempting such records.

It took six hours for the cooks to prepare the world’s longest Poothareku at Bern Park in the city.

Managing Director of APTDC, Himanshu Shukla, said that the department was working on giving a global identity to the traditional dishes of Andhra Pradesh, and hence was conducting the iconic event.

“In order to globalise the authentic Andhra dishes, we are conducting many food festivals across the State and we are also working on making the Andhra iconic dish bamboo biryani by training the cooks and chefs in the State,” he added.

For preparing the 10 metre length Pootharekulu, APTDC officials have roped-in top most cooks and experts from Godavari region. The sweet will be prepared in the traditional way, using regular clay pots.

Pootharekulu is a wafer-like sweet created in Atreyapuram, a village and mandal of East Godavari district.It is prepared with a special batter made of rice and cooked in clay pots.The wafers are then wrapped in powdered sugar, jaggery powder, dry fruits etc.

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