Kapsah biriyani finds place in Guinness Book

MUSCAT - A group of young Omani chefs has cooked up the world’s largest kapsah, a traditional variety of biriyani, and immediately earned an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records.

By (Our Correspondent)

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Published: Sun 25 Jul 2010, 9:35 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 7:48 AM

The 10,000-kg kapsah, prepared using 4,000kg each of basmati rice and chicken, 2,000 litres of cooking oil, around 100kg each of salt, spices and nuts and 1,000kg of vegetables, was the result of nearly 10 hours of non-stop effort by the 40 cooks.

The dish, meant for some 70,000 people, was cooked in a huge utensil outside the Oman International Exhibition Centre in Seeb where the ‘Muscat Sweets and Food Exhibition’ was under way.

The idea was to celebrate the sultanate’s 40th Renaissance Day in a unique way, said Samir Abdul Hamid, Managing Director, Al Sha’am Exhibitions and Festivals, which organised the feat.

The chefs began distributing the kapsah among the large gathering of people present to watch the event soon after cooking was over around 10am on Friday. Big chunks were sent to be distributed among charity organisations and needy people and served in five mosques after Friday prayers.

Later, Guinness representative Tarika Vara, who had watched the entire process, presented the certificate to Ahmed Rashid Al Ma’amari,Under-secretary at the Social Development Ministry.

“It is a matter of great pride that Oman has made its mark on the world map by preparing the largest kapsah in the world,” Ma’amari said, adding “We are also happy that the kapsah was prepared at the right time — while we are celebrating Renaissance Day.”


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