Bhopal: Kadaknath missing from city’s palate

Bhopal: Kadaknath, wonder chicken from Jhabua is missing from the menu of all major hotels and restaurants in the state capital. The hoteliers cited a variety of reasons for keeping the black bird off their menu cards, ranging from ‘it is too costly’ to ‘it is not presentable as its meat is black in colour’ and ‘it is not available.’

Recently, the Kadaknath Research Centre, Jhabua had advised Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli and his team mates to include this chicken in their diet as it is ‘low on cholesterol and high on iron and proteins.’ Whether Kohli heeded the advice is not known but Kadaknath is not available for love or for money to diners in any city hotels. And neither is it available in the markets.

Jehan Numa Palace Hotel Food and Beverage Manager Shaji Thomas told Free Press, “It is not in our menu because it is very expensive in comparison to broiler chicken and also it is not presentable after cooking due to its dark black colour. The price of 1kg Kadaknath is Rs 500 while the rate broiler chicken of the same weight is of Rs 120 to Rs 150.But we make available or cook the chicken on our client’s demand.”

“We will talk to our officials on keeping Kadaknath in our menu list or not and let you know,” Thomas added. Palash Residency general manager S P Singh said, “Suppose, we add it in our menu list but it doesn’t sell out then what will we do.
Also, it is quite expensive and it takes double the time to cook. We kept the chicken in food festival, held five months back but the response of customers was not good. Awareness to hai lekin demand nahi hai…”

“We didn’t think over it because most of our clients are from across country and abroad too. So they don’t know about the breed,” said Lake View Hotel marketing executive Rajesh Chukani. Noor-Us-Sabah front manager Aslam Chaudhary said, “We don’t get its demand from customers. If they demand, we will definitely provide the nutritious chicken.” “We don’t have. I think, its reason behind this is it is not easily available in city’s market. Also, it is not popular among the people of Bhopal. It is in demand but there is no awareness among people towards the chicken,” said Hasan, executive chef, Sayaji Hotel.

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