opular television cookery show Oggarane Dabbi has crossed 1,000 episodes of telecast on Zee Kannada channel. The programme which is telecast at 1 pm from Monday toFriday is hosted by Muralidhar. Oggarane Dabbi is the first television cookery show to have completed 1,000 episodes with 4,000 recipes out of which 2,000 recipes were made by specialists, 1500 by viewers and another 500 of them are health foods.  

Programme producer and host Muralidhar told reporters that not only hotel chefs but chefs who were good in their cooking and running their own groups were also invited to share their knowledge. He said he had proved that even cookery shows can command good viewership and that too without prior cooking experience when he started the show. He said more than 1,000 homemakers had shared their recipes on the show which means that he had tasted food made by women in more than 1,000 households.  

He said Thursdays is exclusively earmarked for housewives as there are at least 2,500 of them waiting to show their recipes on the show. He said Oggarane Dabbi is one show with the same team and the same anchor that has been on the job for the last 1,000 episodes. He said viewers want health foods to be shown and there is a lot of research that goes into putting them on the show.  

As part of the completion of 1,000 episodes, 1,008 children spread over 27 different children’s homes will be fed with food prepared in the show. Two books were released on the occasion. He said earlier books brought out had sold more than one lakh copies. He said the show will have a new set and a new look from May.  

Tejaswini Ananthkumar said a lot of work had gone into safety aspects, wasteage of food and optimum use of fuel. Tara said though men are known to be good chefs it is mother’s love and care that the children yearn for and added that she saw in Murali a mother. Sadananda Maiya also spoke. 

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