Meat samosas, chicken wadi, honey coconut laddoos...
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The innovative eatables which made their debut at the Kisan Mela organised by Punjab Agricultural University and GADVASU were an instant hit with the visitors on day one of the mela.
While GADVASU sold 750 meat samosas, the honey coconut laddoos made by Seema, from Parul Beekeeping Farm, Moga, were all finished very quickly.
Dr Munish Chaitley, head and professor, Livestock Products Technology, GADVASU, the department whose products garnered maximum appreciation from visitors, said, "We kept on sale many products like chicken samosa, chicken noodles (packet with tastemaker like Maggi), egg jam, chicken wadi for the first time, and they got an overwhelming response."
He added that while egg jam was not kept on sale because of the agreement with a company for purchase of its technology, the department sold more than 750 samosas, 100 packets of noodles, wadi and chicken biscuits each.
While the samosa was available for Rs 15/piece, noodles and wadi were available for Rs 10/50 gm.
"Normally, jams available in market have 1-2% proteins but our egg jam has 18% protein which is good for kids," he said, adding that "the aim of GADVASU was to make meat products that can be preserved at room temperature as normally we need a refrigerator to store meat".
Women innovators and running self-help groups too got good response for some products. Seema, who came from Moga and running a bee farm for past 10 years, sold all honey-coconut laddoos she made for the mela.
Manjit Kaur from Global self-help group, a group having 20 women, sold all its 'jamun pickle', 'dates pickle' and ginger chutney.
"This is the only source of our livelihood and it's good if all material is sold," said Jashan, whose lassi masala stall was a hit.
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