Hoteliers here created a new Guinness record on Saturday, dishing out a 38.2-foot-long dosa, the longest ever made.
The feat was performed in the presence of Guinness Book of World Records Adjudicator Elizabeth Smith on the sprawling ground of the Siddhartha College of Arts and Science College as part of the golden jubilee celebrations of the Vijayawada Hotel Owners' Association.
The hoteliers outdid the previous record for the longest dosa, that was 32.5 feet long and was made by Sankalp Restaurant in Ahmedabad in August, 2009.
Onlookers' curiosity and anticipation were aroused as dosa batter was poured into the tawa from buckets. At the appointed hour, all dosa masters poured the batter, spread it and then joined their own batch with those of their neighbours.
Given that there could be just one attempt at the record, and that a perfect dosa was required to fulfil the criteria, tensions ran high. Rolling, the toughest part, had to be done without damaging the dosa or tainting the colour.
Once the crispy brown dosa was ready, Ms. Smith had it measured and announced, amidst cheers, that the South Indian delicacy measured 38.2 feet long. She then handed over a Guinness Book of World Records certificate to the representatives of the association.
Union Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahay broke a coconut on the 55-foot tava before the final act began. Rigorous practice sessions were carried out by ‘dosa masters' from hotels all over the city for a week ahead of the record-breaking feat, under the guidance of chefs and members of the hoteliers' association.