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Dhoni Bats For Kadaknath, Will The Chicken Be Liked By Foodies In India?

Chennai: Will the recognition of Kadaknath hen soar amongst Indian foodies as former ace cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni too has ordered round 2,000 chicks of the Indian breed for his poultry farm?

Nicely, we must look ahead to just a few months to get the reply. However one factor is bound — an increasing number of individuals are attending to know in regards to the Kadaknath hen with the passage of time.

The hen species, with a Geographical Indicator (GI) tag, is initially from Jhabua space in Madhya Pradesh. Not solely are the chicken’s feathers black, its meat and eggs too are of the identical color.

The Kadaknath hen’s meat is wealthy in protein however with far much less fats as in contrast with a broiler or different hen varieties, other than having medicinal properties. Though the hen from the countryside has a singular style and texture, it not very talked-about at very many eateries at current.

“When we served Kadaknath chicken dish at ‘Desi Di’ restaurant in Chennai, guests enjoyed its distinctive taste. But perhaps owing to its high cost, there were not many repeat orders,” Pune-based chef Aaron Coutinho instructed IANS on cellphone.

As for Kadaknath hen not discovering favour amongst star resort cooks, Coutinho stated: “A combination of factors are responsible. Firstly, it is three times costlier than a broiler — Rs 700-900 per bird. So, its dish has to be priced higher. The meat too is hard and needs a different style of cooking, unlike a broiler. If not cooked properly, one is in a soup as the meat becomes chewy.”

“The meat’s black colour is not an issue. Indians want everything soft. They are accustomed to soft and fleshy broiler meat,” Prakash Jaydevan, a chef turned Normal Supervisor of Trident Lodge, a part of Oberoi Group, instructed IANS.

In line with Coutinho, individuals might attempt the Kadaknath hen dishes for its novelty issue — black meat.

Typically, it takes a number of guts for a younger chef to check out one thing that’s solely off-beat at a brand new restaurant. However Coutinho took up the problem to supply Chettinad hen dish made with Kadaknath hen meat two years in the past.

In line with Coutinho, if the Kadaknath chicks are reared like poultry birds, the economies of scale may go out higher for the poultries.

Homeowners of Jolarpettai-based Rudra Breeders — one of many earliest hen farm in Tamil Nadu to lift Kadaknath chicks — are proud of their enterprise and the truth that Dhoni is now able to rear the indigenous selection at his farm.

“We supply Kadaknath chicks to all states, except the north-eastern states. We can also supply big birds and their meat, if needed, but on advance payment basis,” Rudra Breeders proprietor S Shanthi instructed IANS.

She stated her farm provides round 2,000 Kadaknath chicks a month.

“A close relative of mine had some health issues. We had heard of Kadaknath chicken had some medicinal properties. We sourced the chicken and put it on the relative’s diet. There was some improvement in her health. It was then that my son thought of the business aspect of Kadaknath chicken,” Shanthi recalled.

She stated that Covid-19 lockdown didn’t impression Rudra Breeders as many individuals had returned to close by Ambur and Vanniambadi localities from the Center East. “They knew about the black chicken and bought the birds from us for consumption. So, we were not largely affected due to the lockdown,” Shanthi stated.

In line with her, a feminine Kadaknath chick can develop as much as weigh 1.5 kg whereas the male grows as much as 2.5 kg. A pair prices round Rs 5,000. A single male and 6 feminine birds might help begin a breeding farm.

She stated the Kadaknath hen meat can be utilized to make all types of dishes.

Rudra Breeders offers solely in Kadaknath hen whereas some others deal in a number of varieties, which ends up in cross-breeding of birds.

Shanthi stated that if all Kadaknath chicks are reared like poultry broilers, the meat style could be uniform however every chicken’s meat would style distinct in case of free-range farms as it could rely on their meals consumption.

(Venkatachari Jagannathan/IANS)

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